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Launch of a study on the socio-economic integration of people with disabilities in Morocco

The Association of Disabled Children is launching a study to highlight the different forms of barriers linked to the socio-economic integration of people with disabilities. Monaco’s Office of International Cooperation is providing this study with technical and financial support.

In Morocco, the disability prevalence rate is 6.8%[1] . Despite 51% of people with disabilities being of working age, only one person in three is employed. This is a low rate despite the measures implemented by the Moroccan Government to encourage their access to work (the civil service, the financing of income-generating activities, and the partnership with integration through employment centres).

The study, launched by AEH last May, with the framework of a project entitled “The socio-economic integration of people with disabilities in Morocco, a gateway to effective citizen participation” was carried out in partnership with the Salé Local Information and Guidance Centre (CLIO de Salé) in the Souss-Massa and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra regions.

This study is likely to improve professional integration schemes, help involve institutional stakeholders in Morocco, and boost advocacy activities carried out by civil society.

By way of a reminder, in 2017-2018, Monaco’s Office of International Cooperation supported the project carried out by a group of students who won a prize in the Challenge Solidaire Programme[2] entitled, "Introduction to vocational training: a step towards including young people with disabilities in the job market”. This initiative, implemented in conjunction with AEH, was the first step towards the identification of the difficulties that people with disabilities have in gaining access to employment in Morocco.

The first meeting of the project Steering Committee, which was attended by representatives of the Office of International Cooperation in Agadir, with AEH and CLIO de Salé.© DCI

Website of the Association of Disabled Children : http://www.handicape-agadir.org/

[1] According to a national survey in 2014

[2] This competition, which was started by the Directorate of International Cooperation in 2014 in partnership with the Institute of Political Studies [Institut d’Etudes Politiques] in Paris, aims to raise the awareness of 1st-year students at the Sciences Po Paris-Campus Moyen Orient Méditerranée to issues related to international development.

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