Civil society

The 2011constitution sets out an essential role for  civil society in the democratic development. The first article considers democratic and participatory citizenship as a foundation of the Kingdom’s constitutional regime. “Associations concerned with public affairs and non-governmental organizations shall contribute to the development, implementation and assessment of the projects and decisions of elected institutions and public authorities” states article 12 of the fundamental text.

Aware of the civil society’s roles in the drawing up of human rights public policies,and in theinteraction with the United Nations system, DIDHcollaborates closely with the latter on different aspects:

  • Institutional support;
  • Capacity building;
  • Permanent involvement in the development and evaluation of public policies and interaction with the United Nations system.

DIDH is one of the few administrations that has instituted the State-Associations Partnership, encouraging dialogue and partnerships with civil society, and contributing to its capacity building by setting up mechanisms and procedures to enhance cooperation with NGOs.

Since its creation, DIDH has launched calls for projects as a competitive mechanism to develop partnerships with civil society associations, which allows the delegation to have an overview on different and diverse ONG proposals, concerns, initiatives and its evolution.

This mechanism, based on prior defined themes for each call for project following the rules and orientations of the Circular No. 07/2003, concerning the financial support to projects carried out by NGOs.

DIDH develops partnership programs with civil society actors working on the protection and promotion of human rights through annual calls for projects.It also strengthens its cooperation and partnership with non-governmental organizations through an‘ad hoc’ partnership mechanism.

The ‘ad hoc’ partnership mechanism offersthe possibility to provide special support to NGOs, taking into consideration the specific characteristics and needs of the stakeholders. This partnership supports the implementation of activitiessuch as: raising awareness, training, promoting debate and reflexion on specific issues and the organization of international events.

In conformity with the eligibilitycriteria defined by DIDH, 80 projects were selected during the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 calls for projects.

The selected projects were based on 3 principal axes :

  • The promotion of human rights and their integration into public policies, human rights education and edition;
  • The creation of protection mechanisms;
  • Training and capacity building in the field of human rights, and the production of the necessary tools
  2012-2013 2013-2014 2015
Received projects 87 170 178
Supported projects 26 24 30
Intervention axes 7 5 3
Budget 5 042 500 DH 3 774 900 DH  4 518 000 DH
Territorial Coverage All the regions All the regions All the regions

Concerning ‘ad hoc’ partnerships mechanism, 138 projectswere selectedin 2012, 2013, and 2014:

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Received projects 6 13 20 41 57
178 500 dh 387 000 dh 579 000 dh 1 012 000,00 DH 2010 400,00 DH


To enable civil society actors to inquire about their constitutional roles and to implement its missions, DIDH is also involved in Capacity Building Partnerships Program, which concerns the main following themes:

  • The integration of human rightsapproach inthe socio-economic development projects;
  • Interaction with the United Nations system and human rights bodies;
  • The preparation and presentation of shadow reports and the follow up of the recommendations ;
  • Conduct of investigation and reporting about human rights violations, training of trainers and the production of pedagogical supports;
  • the production of analysis frameworks toenhance civil society role;

Thus, DIDH provides necessary support and leverage synergies and cooperation with NGOs. It fosters capacity building, training and researchin human rights through two levels:

  • Capacity building and training programs based on the identified needs of human rights NGO’s: DIDH has supported several projects through the calls for projects or ad hoc partnershipsmechanisms.
  • ‘A la carte’ Trainings:in apartnership with other institutionssuch as :
    • UNICEF :DIDH has launched a capacity-building program in 2012 in partnership with UNICEF. It consists of a training program for the benefit of associations working in the field of children's rights in two regions: Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz region and the sub-Massa region -Draa.
      The program aims at supporting these associations to create an efficient regional associative network in the protection and the promotion of children’s’ rights.
      This programhas been extended to two other regions of Morocco: Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the Fez-Meknes region.
    • Geneva Human Rights Institute: during 2014, DIDH organized 12 training sessions in Agadir, Marrakech, Fes, Rabat and Tangiers for the benefit of more than 300 participants.