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Spring 2019

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


A surge of academic criticism has followed the NGO corporatization trend (‘NGOization’) of the 1980s. NGOs have been called an extension of neoliberal ideology as they are pressured to depoliticize and corporatize their structures. NGOs have been forced to fit into an international schema of aid work that compromises their ability to bring about impactful change within their own communities. This trend has been cultivated by shrinking neoliberal governments and an intensified reliance on NGOs to fulfill international human rights requirements. This project examines the role of Rabat women’s rights organizations within the context of Morocco as a neoliberal state and within the larger international NGO system. This study re-centers the individual experiences of NGO work within Rabat as organizations attempt to function within the damaging manifestations of neoliberalism and colonial feminism that impact the international NGO system. The purpose of this study is to challenge the ways that the international system inhibits the goals and successes of local women’s rights groups with conventional aid practices and to amplify the autonomy and vision of the activists working for women’s rights in Rabat, Morocco.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Civic and Community Engagement | Development Studies | Organization Development | Politics and Social Change | Public Affairs | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Women's Studies


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