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Publication Date

Spring 2015

Program Name

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Abstract

As Morocco continues its development efforts, one of the most visible disparities that remains is the divide between urban and rural development. Oulmes, a small town of under 10,000 people in the Khemisset province, is home to Les EauxMinéralesd’Oulmes, one of the wealthiest corporations in Morocco. While this would initially seem to be a major distinction in terms of opportunity for development, the area’s economy is primarily agriculturally driven, and by most indicators remains relatively poor. Les EauxMineralesd’Oulmes has a history of strained relations with the surrounding community following a 1999 strike of local workers. This project focuses on this relationship between Les EauxMineralesd’Oulmes and its surrounding Oulmes area by examining Les EauxMineralesd’Oulmes’ community intervention programs and conducting interviews to gain an understanding of local perceptions of the company and its policies. Through a series of interviews and discussions with both Oulmes citizens and individuals connected with Les EauxMineralesd’Oulmes, my research considers the evolving relationship between the corporation, local officials, and residents surrounding the factory and the implications of this connection for the future of Oulmes.

Disciplines

African Studies | Community-Based Research | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Economic Policy | Inequality and Stratification | Public Policy | Social Policy | Social Welfare | Work, Economy and Organizations

 

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