In 1969, we were the first German political foundation to open an office in Morocco. For more than 50 years now, we have been working together with our partners from politics and civil society to promote democracy and an open society. In the wake of the Arab Spring of 2011, we are working specifically on training Morocco's women and youth so that they can shape the future and exploit the rights and freedoms they gained. We are permanently committed to strengthening Morocco's relations with its European partners, including of course Germany. And we like to comment on geopolitcal events from a rather unusual perspective: the North-Western tip of Africa.
Bayt Al Fenn – Chkoun Ana?
Chkoun Ana (Who am I)? This was the essential question that kept eleven artists from all over Morocco busy during the 2022 edition of the arts residency “Bayt Al Fenn” (house of art), an annual project jointly organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Hiba Foundation. The project now concluded when the public could discover the fruit of the artists’ work during a vernissage and exhibition at the National Library in Rabat.
Morocco - climate champion with question marks
From a ban on plastic bags to the world's largest solar power plant, Morocco likes to present itself as a pioneer in climate policy. Europeans are also pinning their hopes for green electricity from the desert on the kingdom. But Morocco's image as a climate champion is increasingly being tarnished.
ELECTIONS IN MOROCCO: Containing Political Islamism with Mathematics
The Uprisings in the Arab World did not lead to radical change in Morocco, as was the case in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. The regime remained intact and its ruling elite was able to preserve power. However, it was a very important year for Moroccan Moderate Islamists (Parti de la Jeu-nesse et du Dévelopement), as they won elections for the first time in their history taking control of the much-coveted parliamentary majority.
Repositioning in Rabat, Joy in Jerusalem
Big news in the Middle East and North Africa. U.S. President Donald Trump announced yesterday that Morocco and Israel will establish diplomatic relations. In return, the U.S. will recognize Morocco's claims over the Western Sahara. Our heads of office in Rabat and Jerusalem analyse what the events mean - for the two countries and the balance of power in the region.
To Be or Not to Be
The kidnapping, rape and murder of an 11-year-old boy in Tangier has ignited calls for the execution of the perpetrator. The child called Adnane was abducted from close to his home in broad daylight and his body later buried in a park. The barbarous crime has stirred a national debate...
Escalation in Western Sahara
There have been repeated skirmishes and disputes between the Moroccan armed forces and the Frente Polisario liberation movement in the past. However, the fact that one party no longer wants to respect the 1991 cease-fire agreement marks a new level of escalation and is a major cause for concern in the region.
Three ways to advance Muslim women’s rights
The laws that men designed, supposedly anchored on the divinity of the Quran, are inclined towards expediency, and are biased against women. What should be done to address this?