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Inclusive Socio-Economic Development in Beni Mellal-Khenifra


Beni Mellal Khenifra region


2020 - 2025


Socio-economic empowerment, Good gouvernance

Although agriculture is the backbone of Morocco’s Beni Mellal-Khénifra region, there are enormous opportunities for more tourism, both domestic and international, and large-scale phosphate mining. And a willing workforce is available for these industries. These factors provide the region with a solid foundation for accelerated and inclusive growth. The Morocco Inclusive Socioeconomic Development in Beni Mellal-Khénifra (ISED-BMK) project will assist the region in achieving its national and local development priorities for accelerated and equitable economic growth, built on the greater inclusion and active participation of women, young people, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas. Expected outcomes include sustainable job creation generated by a more productive and dynamic private sector working with a more transparent and effective public sector and a more engaged and participatory citizenry. To achieve this, stakeholders must address sociocultural and economic constraints holistically. The ISED-BMK Theory of Change posits that if inclusive socioeconomic development effectively facilitates more participatory decision-making processes, strengthens links among stakeholders and amplifies marginalized voices, then citizen-led solutions to local development challenges will evolve and more inclusive economic development will occur. This theory drives the project’s collaborative approach to address co-identified socioeconomic challenges so that by 2025 the region will have achieved faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth that benefits marginalized citizens. These groups will begin to close the gap with the general population in terms of income, skills, access to information, employment opportunities, levels of participation in governance and share of resources accessible to them.

USAID AIDECA OCA OPI presentation workshop
2023. AIDECA OCA and OPI results presentation workshop

Workshop on Presentation of Organizational Diagnosis Results

In order to enahnce AIDECA's organisational performance, ISED-BMK project, for the first time in the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region, utilized two tools endorsed by the USAID: the Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) and Organizational Performance Index (OPI).

In 2023, AIDECA organised a workshop to present the outputs of the organizational assessments, in front of USAID Morocco and local stakholders, identifying strengths to build upon and areas for improvement. Moreover, key components of the AIDECA's capacity strengthening program for the next three years, 2024-2027, were presented, emphasizing strategic objectives to enhance the association's capabilities and improve its performance.


  • 100 CSOs trained and empowered on participatory mechanisms, access to information, and advocacy to advance local development.
  • Over 50 Youth skills developed in civic engagement and entrepreneurial skills.
  • A dedicated support and mentorship mechanism established for the local CSOs to enable their role in affecting local policies for an inclusive development.
  • Co-organized in 2023 the first regional forum on participatory democracy in Béni Mellal-Khénifra, a space for exchange and collaboration between advisory bodies and civil society at both regional and national levels, to identify challenges, share best practices, and outline recommendations to enhance CSOs role in affecting change.

Success Stories

Khadija, a CSO leader working in Azilal, during a training for CSOs on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion


I have enhanced my knowledge on topics related to gender equality and social inclusion, by adopting a more nuanced gender perspective. This has had a positive impact on the initiatives we are working on in the association, especially those related to women empowerment.



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