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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Fall 2019

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


This paper seeks to explore the relationships held between international non-governmental organizations, primarily based in the West, and Moroccan NGOs. The existing literature on the topic explores the ways in which international NGOs can both benefit and harm domestic NGOs, which seek to fix issues not thoroughly addressed and solved by the state or by the market, such as issues of gender-based violence, female education, and lack of rural healthcare. The data gathered was organized into two types of relationships; financial and non-financial. Financial relationships between INGOs and NGOs were often depicted as crucial in enabling critical projects, such as the first women’s shelter in Morocco and supplying transportation to decrease dropout rates of female students in rural areas; however the fine print restrictions imposed often took away from the end goal. Non-financial relationships between INGOs and NGOs took many forms, and included INGOs with both field offices in Morocco and those without. The consensus drawn from non-financial collaborations was that Moroccan NGOs perceived these to be effective only with true and thorough collaboration, often depicting accounts of a horizontal relationship rather than the traditional power dynamic present in the literature. When INGOs did not have offices or staff in Morocco and made little attempts at horizontal or thorough collaboration, Moroccan NGOs tended to hold negative perceptions.


Civic and Community Engagement | Development Studies | International Law | International Relations | Organization Development | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Politics and Social Change | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Women's Studies


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