- 14 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
Culture is becoming increasingly recognized as levers of economic and human development in Morocco, as evidenced in the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH, 2013) and most recently in the National Strategy of Sustainable Development (2016). Furthermore, Article 26 of the 2011 Constitution engages the government to contribute “by the appropriate means, to support the development of cultural and artistic creation”.
In parallel, civil society organizations have been actively contributing to the cultural policy landscape of the country. An initiative by the NGO Racines has been particularly useful in discussing the state of the cultural sector as well as promoting information sharing through the organization of their event “General State of Culture in Morocco”, which over two editions (2014; 2016) has gathered different stakeholders including government representatives, local authorities and communities, civil society organizations and cultural professionals. The 2016 initiative has received funding from UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).
While the cultural sector has a lot of potential, some obstacles remain, such as the integration of culture into sustainable development as well as the need to improve cultural education. In this context, this capacity-building action provides an opportunity to build upon the recent dialogues created between civil society and the government to confirm that participatory policy processes take root, while further assessing the state of the cultural sector through periodic reporting, indicator-building and data collection.