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HI shares its expertise with Moroccan organisations to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, strengthen rehabilitation services and improve the quality of life of migrant populations.

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An occupational therapist works with a disabled child in Salé. They work on recreational activities to improve the child's motor skills. | © H.Zahir / HI

HI began working in Morocco in 1993 and is one of the few international NGOs to have signed a headquarters agreement with the Moroccan Ministry of Cooperation and Foreign Affairs (1999). For over 20 years, HI has supported the development of a strong network of organisations of people with disabilities (OPD), building their capacity for self-advocacy and action.  

Since 2011, in a context of reforms, HI Morocco has been working closely with the authorities to foster the development and implementation of inclusive public policies. The programme’s collaboration has also been progressively extended to civil society organisations to promote inclusion and help meet the needs of other vulnerable groups. It is also working to improve the quality of life of vulnerable migrant populations by strengthening representative organisations and improving access to vital resources such as health actors and referral mechanisms. 

In In the wake of the earthquake that struck the kingdom in the High Atlas region in September 2023, HI has also been providing physical and functional rehabilitation and mental health support. Our teams are working on capacity building for rehabilitation and mental health professionals to assist the populations affected by the earthquake via a network of local partners. 

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Earthquake in Morocco:  post-emergency physical rehabilitation
© M. Itouhar / HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Earthquake in Morocco: post-emergency physical rehabilitation

Present in Morocco since 1993, Humanity & Inclusion is working alongside its partners to provide physical rehabilitation assistance to the survivors of the earthquake that hit the country in September 2023.

Morocco: "There are no words to describe what we felt”
© Mohamed Itouhar / HI

Morocco: "There are no words to describe what we felt”

Mohamed lives in Amizmiz, close to the epicentre of the earthquake that hit Morocco. A few weeks after the disaster, he talks about how solidarity is helping to meet the challenges of this crisis.

Morocco earthquake: Survivors in need of shelter
© Bulent Kilic / AFP
Emergency Health Rehabilitation

Morocco earthquake: Survivors in need of shelter

Almost a week after the earthquake, the figures are alarming: more than 380,000 people have been affected by the disaster, including thousands who are homeless.


Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Morocco

In terms of foreign policy, the country continues to position itself as a bridge between Europe and Africa, developing economic, trade, security and diplomatic ties with the European Union.

It is particularly active on the African continent, joining the African Union in 2016 and applying to join ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) in 2017. In 2021, the kingdom aligned itself more closely with the United States and the State of Israel. The COVID-19 pandemic brought national growth to a halt, resulting in major job losses and a tight labour market in a country with one of the lowest employment rates in the world. The Ukrainian crisis, coupled with cereal production issues caused by drought have led to high inflation driven by rising fuel prices, despite an ongoing policy of subsidising basic necessities.  

Policies to improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities are still poorly implemented, partly due to a lack of funding. People with disabilities have few dedicated services (carers, access to buildings, etc.) and their inclusion in civil society remains limited. Organisations of people with disabilities are working to change this situation.  

  • Number of HI staff: 17 
  • Programme created in: 1993 
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