MCC’s $460.5 million Morocco Employability and Land Compact supported two Moroccan Government priorities that contribute to economic growth and investment in the country: employability and land productivity.
Morocco’s 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 remains 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 supporting policy and institutional changes that will improve Morocco’s investment environment and by creating models for engagement with the private sector, the Employability and Land Compact address both the supply and demand sides of the labor market.
The Government of Morocco committed to carrying out these policy and institutional reforms and made a financial contribution of 20 percent toward the compact.
- Original Amount at Compact Signing:
- Amount spent:
November 30, 2015
Entry Into Force:
June 30, 2017
March 31, 2023
Education and Training for Employability Project
Original Compact Project Amount
Education and Training for Employability Project comprised two activities:
- The Secondary Education Activity contributed to improving the quality of secondary education by piloting a participatory approach to school improvement in 90 schools across three regions of Morocco. The activity invested in reforms to school governance, coupled with targeted investments in infrastructure, technology, and training for teachers and school administrators. The activity also invested in improvements to the education management information system and in the operations and maintenance of school infrastructure and equipment.
- The Workforce Development Activity undertook investments designed to improve the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education and training by supporting private sector driven governance as well as the construction/rehabilitation of 15 training centers, together with targeted investments in policy reform of the sector. This activity also invested in improvements to job placement services through a results-based financing mechanism as well as improvements to the availability and analysis of labor market data.
Land Productivity Project
Original Compact Project Amount
Land Productivity Project comprised three activities:
- The Governance Activity contributed to improving land governance and alleviating land market constraints to investment and productivity, in part through the development of a National Land Strategy, and by supporting priority land governance actions, including those focused on strengthening women’s land rights.
- The Rural Land Activity demonstrated a faster and more inclusive process for granting titles on irrigated collective lands to individual men and women smallholder farmers who are members of the collective. The activity strengthened land rights for farming families while also investing in measures to promote sustainable agricultural development of the newly privatized land—including climate resilient agriculture—and inclusive development of the target population.
- The Industrial Land Activity supported the use of market-driven approaches to industrial zone development and management to foster sustainability and private sector investment, including through public-private partnerships and a leveraged grants facility.