The National Endowment for Democracy and the High Atlas Foundation build the capacity of 35 locally elected officials and students in Mohammedia

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  • (1888PressRelease) September 29, 2010 - Mohammedia, Morocco - In partnership with The National Endowment for Democracy, the High Atlas Foundation recently organized and presented a series of capacity-building workshops in participatory democracy for 35 locally elected officials and university students from Mohammedia's rural and urban communes.

    The group of 15 locally elected officials from the communes of Benslimane, Mansouria and Mohammedia, and 20 Master level students from Hassan II University's Faculty of Law, Economics, and Social Sciences in Mohammedia participated in workshops together and learned how they can effectively leverage each other's unique positions and assets to advance local community interests.

    The capacity building workshops were held both at the Center for Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development, which the Foundation has created in partnership with Hassan II University, and in villages from participating area communes. Through community-based field training, the participants learned through experience, gained insights into the development challenges facing their communes and created plans to continue their work with the communities. To help facilitate this, the High Atlas Foundation is currently conducting post-training activities at its Center for Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development to help the participants carry out their mission in the field.

    The High Atlas Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to establish development projects in rural communities of Morocco that local people design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. The foundation was founded by former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to use experience and knowledge gained from their volunteer service in Morocco to the continued benefit of the Moroccan people. The High Atlas Foundation currently supports projects in the areas of fruit tree agriculture, clean drinking water, irrigation, participatory training, women's cooperatives, and youth development.

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