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Reflections on Omar Himmi of Toubkal, Morocco

– REFLECTIONS ON OMAR HIMMI OF TOUBKAL, MOROCCO • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 14 Jul 2020. Recently, I had a moment of self-reflection brought about by the passing of someone who made a difference in the trajectory of my life. Years ago, I lived in the home of Omar Himmi Ait Omrar in the village of Amsouzerte in

“Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail”

– الفشل في التخطيط هو التخطيط للفشل Farmer-to-Farmer Country Director at the High Atlas Foundation How many times have you asked yourself a series of questions about what to prepare for a hike, a trip, or dinner party? You probably thought about what time to leave, what clothes to bring, what food to serve or

Empowerment Between Opportunities and Constraints

– التمكين بين الإنجازات و الإكراهات, Non Online. HAF Empowerment Certified Trainer Before empowerment begins, most women show signs of apprehension in going through this journey, as it is not easy for them and is considered a new experience. Everything new is rejected initially. Especially since the factor of distrust is strongly dominant in the

Facilitating Participation for Sustainable Development

Facilitating Participation for Sustainable Development, Media for Freedom. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 7 Juin 2020. How can we achieve sustainable development, not just globally, but specifically in Morocco? We must first consider what the central features of this development are. We must incorporate many factors in creative and innovative design: education, gender, ethics, economics, politics, culture, history,

A Model to Achieve the Model for Development in Morocco

– A Model To Achieve The Model For Development In Morocco, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President). Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 23 Juin 2020. French version There may be irony in Morocco now reconsidering and revamping its development model, which is its national guiding frameworks for social and environmental fulfillment. I have long been and remain a believer

Hope Growing in the Cradle of Diaspora

Hope Growing in the Cradle of Diaspora, Media for Freedom. • French: World News, 11 April 2020. Meandering through the dusty foothills of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, I played an earnest game of speculation. I knew of my destination, its history and constitution, but had yet to see it or feel the restless potential it encapsulated. The

Rural Women in the High Atlas Contribute to Climate Change Reduction by Planting Fruits Trees

– المرأة الريفية في الأطلس الكبير تساهم في الحدّ من تغيّر المناخ عن طريق زراعة أشجار الفاكهة/ بقلم: أمينة الحجامي, AL WATAN VOICE. Director of Projects Climate change is one of the major issues that humans face in this day and age. It is a phenomenon that has social, economic, and political impacts. As the

Green Planning: From Abstraction to Reality

.التخطيط الأخضر: من التجريد إلى أرض الواقع ، بقلم :لورا هيجنز- نيل، متطوعة في مشروع: من مزارع إلى مزارع، في مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير, Al watan Voice. HAF Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer At times, contemporary development strategies can appear generic, or disconnected, with potentially very broad, vague language.  The word “Green” has been tossed around so much in

Where Tradition Meets Climate Change

– WHERE TRADITION MEETS CLIMATE CHANGE, The Policy Times, By Nicolas Pantelick (HAF Volunteer), 13 February 2020. Rural Moroccans, in reckoning with their environmental degradation, have turned to an unusual source to restore their prosperity: tradition. Two weeks ago, I set out with three of my colleagues from the High Atlas Foundation (HAF, Marrakech) to the village of

Can Carob save a Nation?

– CAN CAROB SAVE A NATION? The Policy Times, By Nora Martetschläger. • French: World New, 14 Octobre 2020. • Arabic: Al Bayader, 14 Octobre 2020. Benefits of Carob Now and Then and Its Potential for Sustainable Development in Morocco. The carob tree has been appreciated for its various features throughout the ages. Nowadays, people are starting

Let’s Make It Green on January 20th: High Atlas Foundation Will Plant Thousands of Trees

– Let’s make it green on January 20th: High Atlas Foundation will Plant Thousands of Trees, The Policy Times, 18 January 2020. MARRAKECH, Morocco – Jan. 10, 2020 – As the new year begins, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) would like to invite Moroccan communities to aid in the planting of thousands of trees on Monday,

Youth Entrepreneurship in Community

– Youth Entrepreneurship In Community, Ethiopian Observer, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 15 January 2020. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 22 December 2019. Moroccan youth today, whether urban or rural based, face enormous obstacles in achieving their self-development and in creating the improvements they seek for their families, communities, country, and even for the world. As they know all too well,

Empowering Rural Participation and Partnerships in Morocco’s Sustainable Development

– Empowering Rural Participation and Partnerships in Morocco’s Sustainable Development, Journal of Global initiatives, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 15 November 2019. Abstract This essay explores the vast potential for participatory and sustainable human development in Morocco. Though Morocco is a country with many diverse resources, it remains burdened by severe levels of poverty and illiteracy, and

Review of Dr. Ben-Meir’s Development Model as Viewed in Tandem with Morocco’s Framework of Reform

Foremost to acknowledge is to read the thirty-page development model as an analysis of potential implementation strategy where governmental framework designations remain in script. Given Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir’s scope, having arrived in Morocco many years earlier, and followed by top-tier academic, managerial, and educational positions, each covering the vast range of collecting, interpreting, and sharing

From Pomegranates to Pomegranates Juice

– آن ماري ديل كاستيلو تكتب: من الرمان إلى عصير الرمان, Non Online, 10 December 2019. By Anne Marie Del Castillo Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer As a retired agricultural economist, I participated in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Morocco, administered by the High Atlas Foundation. F2F’s main goal is to generate sustainable, broad-based

U.S. Embassy, High Atlas Foundation Host Alumni Leadership Seminar

Arabic version PRESS RELEASE CONTACT INFORMATION Loubna Arrach                       Kamal Akaya Alumni Coordinator               HAF Seminar Manager arrachl@state.gov                  kamal@highatlasfoundation.org +212 6 73 05 70 33              +212 6 63 66 27 68 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. EMBASSY, HIGH ATLAS FOUNDATION HOST ALUMNI LEADERSHIP SEMINAR MARRAKECH – The U.S Embassy in Rabat, in partnership with the High Atlas

Women’s Rights in Morocco – What I learned

– Women’s Rights in Morocco – What I learned, Rich Perspectives, By Richard Nzekwu (HAF Guest), 11 October 2019. I was honored to participate in a field trip to the Moroccan countryside region of Al-Haouz, where local NGO, High Atlas Foundation (HAF), was diligently fulfilling its mission to empower women. We arrived at the expansive farmland and

Empowerment: A Solution for Inequality in Rural Morocco

– Empowerment: A Solution for Inequality in Rural Morocco, The Policy Times, By Victoria Burns and Lailah Said (HAF Intern), 02 October 2019. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 3 October 2019. How the practice of empowerment has the potential to be the key for reducing the negative impacts of alienation and inequality among women in rural regions of Morocco. “We

High Atlas Foundation’s Errachid Montassir Selected to Attend the Un Youth Climate Summit in New York

– High Atlas Foundation’s Errachid Montassir Selected To Attend The Un Youth Climate Summit In New York, APN NEWS, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 16 September 2019. Errachid with rural primary school students, conducting an environmental workshop in Ait Hamou municipality in the Marrakech region (Photo by Nisreen Abo-Sido; January 2019). Errachid Montassir of Morocco, a project

In Morocco Difference Is a Strength

– In Morocco difference is a strength, The Policy Times, By Caroline Kirk (HAF Intern), 28 August 2019. Morocco’s belief in the strength of pluralism has energized me and shown me that difference can serve as a strength for any country, whether it is religious or secular, large or small, developed or developing. I was told

Agricultural Literacy: A Solution to Youth Idleness and Unemployment

– Agricultural Literacy: A Solution to Youth Idleness and Unemployment, Global Research, By Anya Karaman (HAF Intern),  27 July 2019. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 1 August 2019. Field work for youth: How getting their hands in the soil could help young Moroccans land a job. At a juvenile detention center in Fes, it feels like summer camp is all year round. There, “maximum

Hopeful Futures: The Link Between Agriculture and Deradicalization

– Reintegrating Moroccan Males In National And Global Interest – OpEd, Eurasia Review, By Caleb Tisdale (HAF Intern), 19 July 2019. • Arabic:Al-Watan Voice, 3 August 2019. Attracting young people to radical, extremist ideas is not hard. Just ask the ISIS recruiters behind one of the most effective propaganda presences in the world. Extremist groups are so effective at

“Without Health, We Have Nothing”: The Need for Comprehensive Sustainable Development

– ‘Without Health, We have nothing’: Need for holistic Sustainable Development in Morocco, Devdiscourse, By Fariha Mujeebuddin (HAF Intern), 01 August 2019.  • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 6 August 2019. After a windy uphill journey to Aguerzran, a small village nestled within the High Atlas Mountains, we reached the building where we would be conducting workshops. The small rectangular building,

Taking a Leap: The Risk of Development, on a Human Level

– Taking a Leap: The risk of development, on a human level, Scoop World, By Sarita Mehta (HAF Intern), 17 July 2019. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 23 July 2019. As a child, I frequently remember many lazy summer days spent lugging my purple Huffy bike up the cement dunes of my suburban neighborhood. Following the parade of my two older

Hidden Gems: The Meaning of Cooperatives on July 6th

– The Hidden Gems of Morocco, The Daily Angle, By Sarita Mehta (HAF Intern), 19 July 2019. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 11 July 2019. How cooperatives may be a key factor in social and economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa To many people, this coming July 6 marks the passing of another Saturday. But to over 1

Civil Society Matters to the Sustainable Development Goals

– Civil Society Matters to the Sustainable Development Goals, Global Research, by Peter Jacques (Visiting Expert), 8 February 2019. •  Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 16 February 2019.Life and death for whole communities hang in the balance of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include eliminating poverty, conserving forests, and addressing climate change, passed by the United Nations unanimously

Students and Interns Publish with the High Atlas Foundation

Work-study students, interns, and volunteers of the High Atlas Foundation have opportunities to analyze development as it is experienced in rural and urban communities, by farmers, women, youth, and people of all backgrounds.  We also give the students and volunteers the encouragement and support that they need in order to write their observations, improve upon their writing,

Participating in the Annual Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

    Participating in the Annual Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina By Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President, High Atlas FoundationHere is what I consider a joyful and fulfilling week: 80 or so people gathered from around the world to consider together wide-ranging issues in relation to supporting expert volunteers, for instance how they, cooperatives,

المغرب العميق بعيون جزائري

– المغرب العميق بعيون جزائري, Sotal Iraq, by Brahim Bahmani Rai (HAF Intern), 28 November 2018 الكاتب: إبراهيم بحماني الراعي متطوع في مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير    بعد انتهاء مرحلة التعليم الجامعي في شهر يونيو سنة 2018 فكرت في تنظيم رحلة سياحية الى خارج الوطن، فشاءت حكمة الله أن أزور لأول مرة في حياتي البلد المجاور لدولة الجزائر وهي دولة المغرب

A Model to Implement Sustainable Development in Morocco

– A Model to Implement Sustainable Development in Morocco, SAIS Review of International Affairs, by Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President) 12 October 2018.  In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise, where gifted fortunes of nature such as wide-ranging organic agricultural products come together with dynamic social development frameworks. This could launch the