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Former Pastoral Nomads Considering In-Place Farming

Recent trends reveal that pastoralists in the Maghreb region are turning to sedentary farming practices like agroforestry as nomadic herding becomes more difficult. This unpublished article investigates the causes for this shift, associated environmental impacts, and local responses. Volunteers plant carob and olive tree saplings as part of a community project with HAF in the

Multiculturalism Enables, Reinvigorates Participatory Approach Development

Ian MacPherson HAF UVa Student Intern Nov 5, 2018—  High Atlas Foundation facilitates a women’s IMAGINE workshop adapted for Moroccan cultural and religious practices. Deep relationships maintained over time and a global scope at a local scale characterize the participatory approach to development. Methods grouped under the umbrella of participation vary widely, and are formed

Agonss, a Life Between Meadows and Snow

By Zineb Laadam Farmer-to-Farmer, Morocco Despite weakening bodies, with grey hair and clenched faces, these people are still closely committed to their work with all dedication and sincerity. Time has not weakened their spirits. Heaven did not bury them but rather made them warriors in the field. They love nature, and it loves them back.

Imagine Women’s Empowerment: The Golden Flower, The Flower of Aboghlo.

By Zineb Laadam Farmer-to-Farmer, Morocco The High Atlas Foundation celebrates women’s achievements at the Aboghlo cooperative. In the darkness of every night, she raises her head to the sky, looks with her eyes at the stars, holds the shield of a soldier in her hands, and does not know what to do with it. Does

Saving The Nurseries: HAF’s Proposals to Water Challenges

Sanae Benaadim HAF Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Water is one of the most important resource management aspects that integrates the notion of sustainability in Morocco.The High Atlas Foundation is focused on spreading and strengthening sustainable development in Moroccan communities through several big and small projects.There are nexus cycles between three main elements/keys of life,

International Women’s Day: Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities

Kaoutar Ait Lahaj Program Coordinator The participants of the International Women’s Day Webinar. On the 8th of March, the US Embassy of Israel hosted a webinar entitled “International Women’s Day: The Middle East & The Abraham Accords” in partnership with the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, The Embassy of Bahrain, and the Embassy of Morocco.

5 Ways to Learn More about HAF’s Women’s Empowerment Work

This International Women’s Day, the High Atlas Foundation team celebrates all women, women leaders, women who are working to create a more equal future in spite of this current context in which we live -- a context in which deep-seated gender inequalities have exacerbated the consequences of the pandemic for women and girls around the

Farmer to Farmer Success Stories: Reflections from the Field

Zineb Laadam HAF Farmer to Farmer Field Officer The women of the Ghmat Division Cooperative have started producing honey thanks to our partnership with USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. January 7, 2021 – “Success stories,” a short phrase but with great meanings. This phrase was said by Errachid Montassir (Project Manager at the High Atlas Foundation) before

The Ascendency and Mainstay of Participatory Development

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Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir Marrakech Participatory community movements found a contemporary impetus in post-World War II reconstruction of Europe and decolonization, primarily in Africa. The approach of locally managed change, however, was highly distrusted during these initial years, during which the dominant view was that central-level policy makers are in a better position than the people

HAF to Plant Trees in Morocco on Martin Luther King Day

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Elizabeth Jay Program Manager | Digital Strategist  Martin Luther King Day falls in the middle of the High Atlas Foundation’s tree-planting season, the most fertile time of year in Morocco. January 18, 2020 – On Martin Luther King Jr. Day that inspires volunteerism, the High Atlas Foundation celebrates its Tree Planting day. Annually, the Foundation

Women’s Empowerment: Growing Seeds of Self-Discovery in Morocco

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– تمكين المرأة: زراعة البذور ورحلة اكتشاف الذات في المغرب, Deyar Al Naqab. Caption: The participants doing “twinkles” (in lieu of applause) in Achbaro for Lalla Nezha after presenting her affirmation.  Women’s empowerment is a key to having a successful and bright future for Morocco. The IMAGINE Program’s main objective is to help women discover

Action on Migration at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Marrakech

Manon Burbidge Lund University, Sweden Marrakech On the morning of 6th December 2018, I got the chance to attend a panel at the 11th Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), this year hosted in Marrakech, Morocco.  The core theme was focussed on “Honouring International Commitments to Unlock Potential of All Migrants for Development” and was the largest

Tree-planting event at Albayrat primary school

by Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow Over the weekend, part of the HAF team visited a primary school in Rhamna to check in with community leaders, distribute 140 fruit trees, and join in the excitement of playing and planting with energetic children and volunteers.  Activity organizers welcomed us with warm bread and

The Moroccan Schools as Bridge to the Communities

The beauty of Morocco exists not only in the big cities but also in the charming villages of the countryside. Many villages and residential communities are scattered along the Atlas Mountain range, from the south-west of the country to the far east, and the activities vary from one region to the other. Nevertheless, they share

الانخراط في التعلم التجريبي في الأطلس الكبير بالمغرب

إحتضن فندق قصبة أنغور بتحناوت – مراكش- في الفترة الممتدة من 14 الى 18 نوفمبر 2018م مؤتمر استطلاع الخبرات والتجارب بعنوان: مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير نموذج للمقاربة التشاركية من أجل الزراعة المستدامة: إنجازات وتحديات لتلبية أهداف طويلة الأمد على المستويات المجتمعية والإقليمية، وكان المؤتمر برعاية مركز هولينغز للحوار الدولي وبرنامج الأمير محمد بن فهد للأبحاث والدراسات

Fostering corporate-community partnerships: HAF attends regional OCP company meeting

by Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF Volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow On my first site visit as the newest member of the HAF team, I joined Errachid—our project manager and volunteer coordinator—on a visit to El Youssoufia to attend a regional OCP Company meeting. Formerly known as Office chérifien des phosphates, OCP holds economic importance in Morocco

Six Weeks Before the Birth of a New Planting Season

The planting season, which starts Morocco in December and concludes in March, is like no other time of year. It offers a window for sowing the best of benefits this world could offer–sustenance, livelihoods, flourishing nature, and justice, for now and for generations. This precious time opens its door in just six weeks, and for

المشاريع المستدامة في المغرب

 سعيد بناني  مدير مشروع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير مشتل للأشجار المثمرة في مركز عبد العزيز بن ادريس لحماية الطفولة بفاس “نموذجا” حسب وزارة الشباب والرياضة، فمراكز حماية الطفولة هي تلك الفضاءات التابعة لوزارة الشباب والرياضة تتولى مهمة إعادة تربية الاحداث الجانحين المحالين عليها من طرف السلطات القضائية طبقا لمقتضيات قانون المسطرة الجنائية، وتعمل على تقديم خدماتها

Environmental and Water Campaign in Boujdour: A Project of Haf and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

By Amina El Hajjami (HAF’s Director of Projects), Hana Ezaoui (HAF’s Project Manager in Boujdour), and Indrianty Lihardinata (HAF Intern from Pepperdine University)   The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) have been partnering since July 2018 to promote an environmental campaign and to provide clean drinking water for nomadic communities

Collaborations That Make a Difference: Investing in Rural Girls

  By Errachid Montassir HAF Project manager   According to UNESCO, there are 10 million people who are illiterate and 1,137,546 youth who have not received a primary or secondary education. In Morocco, nearly 20,186 girls did not attend school in 2014, in contrast to 17,183 boys that same year. Female youth are often deprived

HAF on Moroccan Radio – Come Listen (In Arabic)

The Moroccan national station “Radio Plus” interviewed Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, President of High Atlas Foundation (HAF), and talked about the participatory approach to implementing development projects with communities in Morocco. He focused on participation’s intrinsic link to sustainable development, and HAF’s vision in building agricultural projects throughout the Kingdom. Errachid Montassir, HAF Sami’s Project Manager, spoke about the

Global Perspectives and Shared Visions for Advancing Human Development in Morocco

  By Eliana Lisuzzo Program Assistant A typical day’s work for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) varies greatly depending on the role of a staff member, the region of Morocco in which they work, and projects that are being planned, prepared to be implemented, or that are currently being administered. During any given day, organic

Fulfilling Moroccan Development Visions

    By Fatima Zahra Laaribi HAF Financial Manager and Women’s Empowerment Trainer The event “Fulfilling Moroccan Development Visions,” held the 9th of October 2018, began with expressions of gratitude to The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) for organizing such an important gathering. Gratitude was extended to all staff members of the Mohammed VI Museum for

المشاريع المستدامة في المغرب

 سعيد بناني  مدير مشروع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير مشتل للأشجار المثمرة في مركز عبد العزيز بن ادريس لحماية الطفولة بفاس “نموذجا”   حسب وزارة الشباب والرياضة، فمراكز حماية الطفولة هي تلك الفضاءات التابعة لوزارة الشباب والرياضة تتولى مهمة إعادة تربية الاحداث الجانحين المحالين عليها من طرف السلطات القضائية طبقا لمقتضيات قانون المسطرة الجنائية، وتعمل على تقديم خدماتها

La préservation culturelle marocaine et l’expérience juive

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Par le Dr Yossef Ben-Meir La vision marocaine de la durabilité Au Royaume du Maroc, il existe un certain nombre de programmes et de politiques de développement durable innovants et favorisant la solidarité sociale. Ces initiatives démocratiques participatives sont conçues pour catalyser un développement des populations qui répond à de multiples besoins humains en même

Politiques alternatives du renouvellement

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Par Yossef Ben-Meir À quoi ressemble-t-il lorsque l’approche locale pour réaliser des projets de développement durable guide non seulement la façon dont nous gouvernons, mais également implémentée stratégiquement par des candidats pour les aider à faire campagne et à obtenir un poste élu? Tout d’abord, considérons les processus les plus efficaces pour faire progresser les

الحفاظ على الثقافة المغربية والخبرة اليهوديّة

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                                                           بقلم : الدكتور يوسف بن مئير رؤية المغرب للاستدامةفي المملكة المغربية عدد من برامج وسياسات التنمية المستدامة التي تبيّن الإبتكار وتعزز التضامن الإجتماعي. وتهدف هذه المبادرات الديمقراطية التشاركية إلى تحفيز تنمية الناس التي تلبي الاحتياجات الإنسانية المتعددة في نفس الوقت. على سبيل المثال، يتطلب ميثاق الدولة للبلديات  تطبيق أساليب تشاركية للتخطيط الشامل للمشاريع المجتمعية.

سياسات بديلة للتجديد

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    بقلم: يوسف بن مئير كيف يبدو الأمر عندما يؤدي النهج المحلي لتحقيق مشاريع التنمية المستدامة ليس فقط إلى الكيفية التي نحكم بها، ولكن أيضا ً إلى  تنفيذه إستراتيجيّا ً من قبل مرشحين لمساعدتهم للقيام بحملات إنتخابية وضمان منصب مُنتخب لهم ؟ أولا، دعونا نتأمل أية عمليّات تعتبر أكثر فعّالية  في الدّفع بمبادرات المجتمع المحلّي

Nouvelles perspectives pour les étudiants : Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Fès, Maroc

Dr Yossef Ben-Meir, Marrakech Dans l’esprit d’un grand nombre, le Maroc est un pays où tout est possible. En effet, dans sa quête vers le développement durable et la décentralisation, le Royaume du Maroc s’est doté d’une série de politiques et de programmes imprégnés de méthodes démocratiques participatives. Les associations de la société civile sont

جسر الفجوة للشباب المغربي: مكافحة التطرف العنيف من خلال التنمية البشرية

بقلم : د. يوسف بن مئير،  محسن تدلاوي – شرقي و  كاتي روماني الضعف. قاسم مشترك يتقاسمه العديدون فى المغرب، بما فى ذلك طلبة وخريجون عاطلون عن العمل ومعتقلون .سابقون شباب لدى هذه المجموعات في الواقع عوامل مشتركة اكثر مما يبدو للوهلة الاولى. نسبة كبيرة من الشباب المغاربة الذين يتمكنون من إتمام الدراسة الثانوية والإلتحاق