49 percent of Moroccan youth are neither in school nor in the workforce (World Bank). Students and civil society organizers lack sufficient support in capacity building and sufficient skills building and training from the Moroccan educational system to pursue their academic and career goals.
There is, therefore, a great need for capacity building to support the implementation of the sustainable human development projects whose creation is actively sought by so that many local associations and active community members seek to create. Individuals of all ages desire training ranging from participatory and democratic planning to vocational skills training.
HAF’s participatory approach to human development focuses on training in self-reliance, firstly to ensure sustainable access to and spread of knowledge and skills and later, the diffusion of these benefits throughout communities. Working with HAF, Community members identify the most crucial and potentially beneficial projects that promise the greatest benefit and gain experiential, and transferable knowledge by implementing every step of these projects. Capacity building and skills training give individuals the ability to lift their communities out of poverty while contributing to the development of a green economy. In order to maximize its impact, HAF relies upon the ‘training of trainers’ methodology. The impact of such training of of community members increases HAF’s reach exponentially when these individuals return to their communities to share lessons learned and empower their neighbors.
HAF’s trainings create opportunities and stimulate growth for individuals, communities, and the local economy. HAF partners with Hassan II University Mohammedia-Casablanca and the Faculty of Law, Economic, and Social Sciences of Mohammedia to foster citizen participation through the Center for Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development. HAF has trained university students and community members since the center was established in 2012. Agricultural training is integral to HAF’s work in rural Morocco, in which farmers and cooperative members gain the skills to move from sustenance farming to larger scale farming. HAF has also prioritized capacity building for femalewomen elected officials to encourage the facilitation of positive change in rural Morocco.