Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2010 promoting local culture and sustainable initiatives through education and the integration of scientific ingenuity in Southwest Morocco. We operate North Africa's largest fog harvesting project, providing villages with access to potable water. Our Water School and Girls' E-Learning Programs build capacity in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Through our Ethnographic Field School, researchers and students engage with local communities in Agadir, Sidi Ifni, and the rural Aït Baamrane region for meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Capacity Building Program Beneficiaries: InCoDev NGO

InCoDev is a young and outstanding organization to have benefited from our Capacity Building program in 2018. Its name is an abbreviation of Intelligent Community Development. In our latest get-together, we asked Mustapha El Hassnaoui, an assessor in InCoDev, the following questions to learn more about the NGO. Here are his responses:
Mustapha El Hassnaoui, assessor in InCoDev
 When was your NGO founded and what is your main area of activity?
InCoDev was found in 2016 and it focuses on three main points: Social and community development, human rights, and participative democracy, in addition to youth issues and development.
How did you learn about Dar Si Hmad Capacity Building Program for NGOs? And why did you apply for it?
A member of InCoDev sent the organization a link to the program on social media. We immediately decided to apply since our NGO needed empowerment in terms of its management techniques and more training in terms of leadership.
How did your organization benefit from this training?
The members of InCoDev who attended the Capacity Building sessions acquired knowledge and new skills for formulating projects and managing the organization. What each person learned then shared it with the rest of the organization’s members during our periodic meetings. This training enabled us to reformulate a stronger vision and develop a robust plan for InCoDev activities for the years to come.
What are your NGO’s new year’s resolutions for 2020?
The organization’s work-plan for the coming year includes various activities, some of which complement projects already in progress, such as the civil society project and the participatory democracy one, in addition to the trainings we offer to young people, as well as the launching of a new project the organization recently embarked on “The youth of the two banks” which objective is to foster the dialogue about a Mediterranean citizenship that is open to the world, and that also aims to contribute in strengthening the cross-cultural and civic participation of the youth in France, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
Do you see any future possible collaborations working with Dar Si Hmad on a project?
InCoDev believes in the importance of networking among organizations to affect more change.  Considering the intersection of our fields of work with those of Dar Si Hmad, we consider that joint work is necessary, especially in youth issues, culture, and social development in the generally poor and areas.

At our get- together, the determination and enthusiasm InCoDev members expressed as they shared their accomplishments and goals inspired all those present, considering the common concern we have to improve the conditions of communities of southwest Morocco. 

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