- Grant Total: $450,000,000
- Grant Committed: $1,468,928
- Grant Expended: $725,593
- Signed: November 30, 2015
MCC’s $450 million Morocco Employability and Land Compact supports two Moroccan Government priorities that have posed binding constraints to economic growth and investment in Morocco: high-quality education and land productivity.
Morocco’s consistent economic and political stability has contributed to continuous economic growth and significant poverty reduction over the past decade. Although poverty trends are improving, regional inequality is considerable, with an urban/rural divide in access to public services and economic opportunities. Morocco has critically low rates of gender equality and one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world. By improving Morocco’s policy and institutional environment and creating models for engagement with the private sector, the compact’s Employability and Land Projects address both the supply and demand sides of the labor market.
The Government of Morocco is strongly committed to carrying out the reforms necessary to improve the policy and institutional environment, and will make a financial contribution of at least $67.5 million toward the compact, which is expected to benefit 2.2 million people over 20 years.
Land Productivity Project is comprised of three activities:
The Governance Activity will support the development and implementation of a long-term land productivity strategy to address governance and land market constraints to investment and productivity.
The Rural Land Activity aims to increase rural productivity by making the Government of Morocco’s current process for privatizing collective lands less time-consuming, more inclusive, and more protective of the rights of land holders, including women.
The Industrial Land Activity aims to transform the way the government brings industrial land to market, from a state- to a market-driven approach, by using public-private partnerships for industrial land development and management.
Education and Training Project is comprised of two activities: a Secondary Education Activity focused on delivering quality secondary education focused on the employability skills needed for the modern workforce, and a Workforce Development Activity focused on increasing employability by improving the quality and relevance of private sector-driven technical and vocational education and training.
Given significant social and gender inequalities in Morocco, a concerted effort will be made to ensure that the project results in equitable outcomes for both girls and boys and reduces social, gender, and regional inequalities.