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    NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY & HAF PARTNERING TO TRAIN LOCALLY ELECTED WOMEN

    Advancing Participatory Democracy

    A Training Program in Partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy

    The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is organizing in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) an experiential participatory training program for the locally elected women (LEW) to communal councils in the AL Haouz province.  The purpose of the training program is to empower the LEWs by building their capacities and provide them with the skills needed to improve their status to be active leaders and ensure good governance.

    The province has 84 elected women that represent 42 communes – there are two elected women in each of the province’s communes.  The program is divided into two parts: the first part presents the ideas of participatory development (PD) and democratic processes, and the second is applied in the sense of the LEWs facilitating participatory planning methods with the villages in their communes.

    The participatory democratic ideas and principles that are presented, discussed, and considered in the program include:

    • • The LEWs voicing the concerns they are facing in their councils.
    • • How they will overcome the challenges they are facing in their councils.
    • • Share and learn about each other’s experiences
    • • Learn about the HAF’s learning-by-doing approach of participatory development
    • • Where and how PD is presented in their councils in consideration of the current status and the goals (personal and community) they seek to achieve
    • • Understanding the design and purpose of PD methods
    • • Training them on the facilitation skills needed to conduct the meetings

    Applied experiences and skills include:

    • • Identifying the villages in most need in their communes through the pile sorting activity
    • • Setting up meetings with the community people (administrative and local procedures)
    • • Conducting the methods of PD with the community people bearing in mind the need to draw out gender perspectives of development needs and priorities
    • • Ensuring the full participation of all members of the communities
    • • Discussing the priority projects identified by the community and developing project options
    • • Developing and implementing community-based action plans

    To date, HAF has conducted 14 workshops for 17 elected women and 6 members of women’s associations.   Through the 54th community activity that the elected women facilitated, they were able to deepen the discussions through the pairwise-ranking activity, which identified in total 75 community development projects.     PD helps not only the elected women but also the people to have knowledge and understanding about their project priorities in their communities.

    Status of the training program

    Village’s name

    Population

    Households

    N° of

    Men

    N ° of women

    N° of kids

    Woman’s elected name

    Date of community meeting

    N° of activities  48

    Tifirt

    245

    35

    13

    25

    23

    Malika Ait Malk

    05 December

    12

    Takiout

    200

    20

    10

    Malika Kokat

    06 December

    4

    Bouzggar

    70

    17

    12

    Mina Ben Salh

    07 December

    8

    Ait Aamara Lbour

    82

    12

    7

    Fatima Cherkaoui

    09 December

    8

    Lmarss

    328

    59

    16

    25

    3

    Mina Kerdah

    12 December

    8

    Talat n Inwal

    300

    100

    25

    20

    Naima Laasri

    16 December

    5

    Imarin

    112

    16

    7

    12

    Salma Hamidi

    25 December

    8

    Total

    1185

    Total # of households:362

    36

    111

    55

    53

    Graphs

    The project opportunities

    # of times preferred

    Ranking

    Drinking water

    35

    1

    School

    29

    2

    Maintain the roads

    22

    3

    Health center

    20

    4

    Water basin

    15

    5

    School transportation

    14

    6

    Women’s club

    12

    7

    Crèche

    11

    8

    Garden and library

    7

    9

    Cooperative and teacher lodgment

    6

    10

    Cyber , Literacy classes, Raising animals, center village , income generating work , Extra curriculum ( extra hours for students)and soccer field

    4

    11

    Build local for association, planting trees and stories

    2

    12

    Swage , location for exhibitions, bakery   and youth center

    1

    13

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