The US is partnering with Morocco to support civil society participation in the wake of elections that expanded local governance:
Following the first municipal elections under the 2011 Constitution of Morocco in September 2015, the members of the municipal governments are working to foster more inclusive and effective citizen engagement in local public affairs. Counterpart’s Civil Society Strengthening Program (CSSP) is partnering with select government municipalities to design and implement strategies to improve collaboration between civil society organizations (CSOs) and members of local government. Earlier this year, CSSP signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with two municipalities: Tetouan, one of the largest cities of northern Morocco, and Temara located in the suburbs of Morocco’s capital, Rabat.
The MoUs are a huge step towards CSSP’s overall goal of helping both government and civil society work together to ensure a more inclusive government that represents all Morocco’s citizens.
In Tetouan, CSSP will support the Municipal Council in implementing a 3-year action plan to strengthen local CSOs and improve their participation in public affairs…[FULL STORY]