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    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

    Reflections from an IMAGINE Women’s Empowerment Workshop Participant

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    By Malika Jumad Participants from HAF’s IMAGINE Women’s Empowerment Workshop in Douar Sidi Ali Ofaris, Siti Fadma Province. This blog is a reflection from a recent beneficiary of HAF’s self-empowerment workshop in Douar Sidi Ali Ofaris, Siti Fadma Province. My name is Malika Jumad. I am 23 years old, and I live in Ourika in

    Women’s Empowerment with Farmer-to-Farmer in Tidili Mesfioua

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    HAF Project Manager & F2F Volunteer Coordinator Women from Tidili Mesfioua created two new women’s cooperatives after attending IMAGINE Women’s Empowerment workshops with the High Atlas Foundation. Women’s empowerment is a crucial aspect of the High Atlas Foundation’s (HAF) work with the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program. Last week, the F2F team took a trip to

    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

    Farmer-to-Farmer Local and U.S. Volunteers Collaborate in Morocco

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    Caption: High Atlas Foundation’s USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Rachida meeting women in Tassa Ouirgane. During the shut-down and uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID encouraged Farmer-To-Farmer (F2F) implementers worldwide to support local Volunteers, paired with remote U.S. Volunteers, as they collaborate with agricultural cooperatives and education centers in achieving their goals. The High Atlas Foundation

    Women’s Leadership: Driving Change

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    Picture from the webinar Women’s Leadership On October 28th, 2020, the University of Hassan II in partnership with Stevens Initiative launched a webinar on Women’s Leadership: Driving Change. Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, Delegate Minister of Higher Education, opened the webinar by introducing and welcoming the participants as well as the audience. The webinar was mainly about

    Family Planning: Awareness Is Key

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    Caption: The invitation to the conference organized by the Center for Middle East Studies During the last week of September, the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University organized a conference on “Decolonization, Development and State Building in North Africa”. The panels were facilitated by Ph.D. researchers who are interested in the North African

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: The Value of Men as Allies

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    اليوم العالمي للقضاء على العنف ضد المرأة: عندما يصبح الرجل حليفا لقضية المرأة, Beirut Times, By Errachid Montassir (HAF project manager). On November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, HAF celebrates its community partners who work tirelessly toward gender equality. November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of

    The Women Farmers of Tassa Ouirgane Nursery: From Seeds to Saplings

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    HAF Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Caption: High Atlas Foundation, Tassa Ouirgane Nursery “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.” -Kahlil Gibran I always believed that trees are the source of life for humans. HAF encourages the Moroccan

    International Men’s Day: Bridging the Gender Divide Through Women’s Empowerment

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    Errachid Montassir & Said El Bennani HAF Project Managers HAF staff member Hassan Ait Ouatouch  and HAF volunteer Houria Chouhab planting an Argan tree with the members of Mogador Argan Women’s Cooperative in Essaouira – 2019 Photo by: Ilyas Dkhissi The concept of gender as a social construct is often met with resistance. While attempts

    Covid-19: Fighting Hand in Hand

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    Program Coordinator Friends of Europe invitation for the online debate On the 24th of September, a debate about “Health, welfare, and prosperity: an EU-Africa partnership for a people-centered approach to human development” was held as part of the weekly virtual debates that Friends of Europe organized to strengthen the African-European relations. They invited decision-makers from

    Bringing Poverty to Heel

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    Bringing Poverty to Heel, The New Dawn Liberia, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President). • Arabic: Maghress, 15 Octobre 2020. • French: Libération, 20 Octobre 2020. Agricultural cooperative members planning their local projects in Morocco’s Oujda Region (High Atlas Foundation, 2020). October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The commemoration of this day suggests that the way to end poverty

    Haf: 20 Years for the Fulfillment of the Moroccan People

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    President of the High Atlas Foundation The guiding principle of the High Atlas Foundation over its life of twenty years has remained fixed: sustainability is a function of people’s control over the development that improves their lives. Projects by and for local communities are what is sustainable. This principle has always been both our heartbeat

    It’s Time to Wake Up: Imagining More for Women’s Futures

    آن أوان الاستيقاظ: تصور أكثر إشراقًا لمستقبل المرأة, Maghress, By Ibtissam Niri. HAF Empowerment Trainer | M&E Specialist Photo Caption: During one of the Image Women’s Empowerment Workshop sessions, women discuss how they can paint their vision for the future of their workplace. On August 27, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) conducted its twenty-ninth 4-day

    Cathartic Returns to Morocco: Mark Apel, from Peace Corps to Farmer-to-Farmer

    Cathartic Returns to Morocco: Mark Apel, from Peace Corps to Farmer-to-Farmer, The New Dawn, By Ellen Hernandez and Katie Bercegeay. • Arabic: Voice of Iraq, 18 Septembre 2020. By Ellen Hernandez and Katie Bercegeay Upon hearing the words “Hamdullah wa inshallah,” Mark Apel is transported as if in a time capsule to the many times he and Yossef

    The Women of Takhrkhourt Cooperative in Tassa Ouirgane

    Article: سيدات تعاونية تاخرخورت بتسا ويركان, Beirut Times, By Amina El Hajjami. HAF’s Director of Projects After building an organic tree nursery and a well, and after facilitating participatory meetings and trainings concerning environmental protections with the farmers and the men’s association in Tassa Ouirgane village (Al Haouz province, Marrakech-Safi region), a project financed by the

    Critical Outlooks of the Community Approach to Global Development

    Critical Outlooks of the Community Approach to Global Development, Scoop World, By Yossef Ben-Meir (HAF President), 5 August 2020. • Arabic: Al-Watan Voice, 11 Aug 2020. Systems devised to organize local community participation in development emerged more than 70 years ago as a means to address poverty by involving people in designing their own initiatives and activities. Today,

    U.S. and Moroccan Experts Collaborate for Moroccan Cooperatives

    The High Atlas Foundation & USAID kick-off the very first Farmer-To-Farmer virtual assignment in Morocco, which will be served by former Peace Corps Volunteer and F2F Volunteer Mark Apel, working integrally with Rachida Outouchki the president of Aboughlo Women’s Cooperative. The assignment aims to follow up on an agricultural project managed by the Tassa Ouirgane

    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

    التمكين بين الإنجازات و الإكراهات

    صورة لاحدى ورشات التمكين التي نظمتها مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير لفائدة ساكنة الاطلس الكبير معظم النساء قبل بداية التمكين تبدو عليهن علامات التوجس في خوض هذه التجربة ، فهي ليست بالأمر الهين بالنسبة لهن إذ تعتبر تجربة جديدة ،وكل جديد يقابل بالرفض في بادىء الأمر خصوصا وأن عامل عدم الثقة يكون مسيطرا بقوة في اللقاء الأول

    Haf and the Empowerment of Women and Girls

    HAF-F2F program The High Atlas Foundation has, since 2017, conducted 28 Empowerment workshops that are 32 hours each. A total of 755 participants, predominantly women, have benefitted from workshops in Marrakech, Al Haouz, Azilal, Boujdour, Essaouira, Mohammedia, Oujda, Taroudant, and Magouna. As a result, nine new cooperatives were established, which together include 106 members. Evaluation

    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

    Civil Rights in the Light of Covid-19

    F2F Program Volunteer Administration and Finance Officer | Trainer In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the High Atlas Foundation had the opportunity to participate in a webinar about civil rights in the light of COVID-19. The webinar was organized by Innovation for Change, a global network of people and organizations who work together to

    Seeds Then and Now in Tassa Ouirgane

    HAF President In 1993, for the month before my traveling to live in the Tifnoute Valley just south of Mount Toubkal, I lived in a small house on the outer edge of the village of Tassa Ouirgane, just north of Toubkal. There, I learned conceptually the delicate balance in meeting developmental and environmental goals at

    Gestion De L’environnement Et Developpement Durable

    Etudiante en master En partenariat avec la Fondation Crédit Agricole du Maroc pour le Développement Durable (FCAMDD), High Atlas Foundation (HAF) a lancé un programme de plantation des arbres fruitiers organiques (amandier et noyer)  et de formation des agriculteurs en techniques agricoles dans la province de Taroudant, commune de Toubkal, région Souss Massa afin d’assurer

    International Women’s Day

    HAF President At the High Atlas Foundation with our community partners, we have learned together that empowered people have self-belief, experience depths of self-discovery, and have capacities and confidence to assess and then make decisions. Empowered people forge and implement plans of actions for development that are considerate of a range of social and environmental

    The Journey of Food Safety

    HAF-F2F team member On Monday February 17th, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) began its sixth assignment funded by USAID.For this occasion, HAF enlisted an expert from the United States through the Farmer-to-Farmer program with 25 years of experience in food safety practices, Mrs. Deneen Reif. Throughout her career, Mrs. Reif has helped companies in the

    Nurseries in the Magical High Atlas

    HAF Volunteer The rocky terrains of the High Atlas Mountains are hard to navigate even for the most seasoned motorists, but our driver Hassan, a native Amazigh, knows by heart all their twists and turns. On our way to Tadmamt, he was humming to the relaxing melodies by Johnny Cash on the radio, while guiding

    Miracle Season

    Dear Friend, I have often felt that each project is a miracle, literally. When we look back during times of shared evaluation, who could have known or predicted all the roads we would take or the partners that would make each step possible. And, somehow, with the grace of so many people, hundreds of thousands

    From Ghmat to Sidi Ali Afaress: Discovering Rural Morocco

    HAF Intern A parade of landscapes so beautiful and amazing at the same time: it’s hard to believe that the city of Marrakech is nearby. My young, Western eye is astonished by the contrast between our noisy, oil-smelling taxi and the four women with their donkey that we pass on a very narrow path. In