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.
NAVIGATING THE SHIFT: AIT BEN HADDOU’S JOURNEY FROM INFORMAL TO FORMAL ECONOMY
In the bustling markets and rural expanses of Morocco, a silent transformation is underway, steering the nation from the shadows of informality into the promising light of formal economic participation. This transition, pivotal for sustainable development, is encapsulated in a profound policy paper by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the NGO “We Speak Citizen”, focusing on the Tizwa Project in Aït Ben Haddou .
Rethinking Liberalism in an uncertain world
In a global context marked by the rise of populism, the emergence of far-right movements, and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, liberalism is facing unprecedented challenges. These turbulences are amplified by new technologies such as social media, which enhance the influence of populist leaders. This situation leads to a crisis of liberal democracy, characterized by political and social crises, increased polarization, and the rise of extremism. The media, confronted with misinformation, play a crucial role in preserving human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Migrant Souls' Exhibition: A Mirror of Courage and Hope in the Heart of Rabat
On November 30, 2023, the old Palace of Justice in Rabat pulsed with the rhythm of souls and stories. The photographic exhibition "Migrant Souls: Tales of Courage" transformed this emblematic place into a gallery of vivid and poignant life stories. Each photograph depicts a life, a struggle, an aspiration for a better world.
Big stage for social entrepreneurship
This year's edition of the "IBDA3 LAB" incubation programme ended with a festive closing ceremony. Thirteen budding entrepreneurs presented their business ideas to a large audience for the first time in Rabat.
Art exhibition "Bayt Al Fenn" 2023
This year's edition of the Bayt Al Fenn art programme ended with two major vernissages in Rabat and Casablanca. Eleven artists had previously explored the question "Alyasch Aqalti?" (What do you remember?) during a multi-day residency. The result critically examines child education in Morocco, which is presented in all possible forms: painted, slammed, sprayed, animated, and installed.
United in Tragedy: Supporting Morocco in This Critical Time
As Morocco grapples with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, communities throughout the country are navigating a landscape of grief and uncertainty. Yet, within this period of darkness, emerges a potent opportunity for unity - a call for us to come together, embodying empathy and a unified spirit.
From influence to Impact : Moroccan companies and Corporate Political Responsibility
This paper explores the notion of responsible political influence by Moroccan companies, with a focus on promoting liberty, sustainability, and transparency. It examines key considerations for companies seeking to navigate the delicate balance between political engagement and ethical behavior. Furthermore, it highlights the potential of Moroccan companies to contribute to environmental preservation while advocating for democratic principles and civic engagement. The paper draws upon exemplary case studies and a small but growing evidence base to illustrate how Moroccan companies can leverage their political influence responsibly in support of a thriving economy and a sustainable future.