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The steering committee of the Community Reparation Program (Program) held its eighth meeting on 2 November 2010, at the headquarters of the Council.

The committee discussed an agenda that revolves around two main points: the progress of the ongoing projects and the recommendations of the mid-term review, in addition to other different points.

The committee is composed of representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the National Coordination Unit of the National Initiative for Human Development, the European Commission’s Delegation, the CDG, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the National Commission for Monitoring the Community Reparation Program and the Local Coordination Council. It is chaired by Mr. Ahmed Herzenni, President of the Advisory Council on Human Rights (CCDH).

During this 8th meeting, CCDH President presented the progress of the Program. He highlighted the mobilization of new partners, namely the Office of High Commissioner for Former Resistance Fighters and Former Members of the Liberation Army and the Ministry of Culture. He shed light as well on the concretization of a partnership with the Ministry of Education through a program launched to fight illiteracy in the 11 regions concerned by the Program, with a budget of 5 million Dirhams, and a partnership with the Ministry of Employment, for the construction of two vocational training centers in Azilal and Kelaât Megouna, with a budget of 30 million Dirhams.

Mr. Herzenni also stressed that in view of the Council's work on economic and social rights, under the Program, a policy of access to economic and social rights has been executed through specific actions, including medical caravans and "ÔYOUNE ALMOSTAQBAL" summer camp.

The second part of the Program was launched last June and concerned about fifty new projects, now being executed on the Program’s six areas of intervention: the preservation of memory, capacity building for local stakeholders, income generating activities, integration of women and children, basic infrastructure and the preservation of memory.

The results of the mid-term work review of the Program realized by the European Union were presented at this meeting. Indeed, in the overall outcome of the call for proposals, income-generating activities topped the list of projects followed by capacity-building projects for local stakeholders (see chart below).

In a nutshell, the midterm review underlines:

1. The relevance of objectives, founding documents and instruments of the Program’s execution;

2. The Effectiveness of the project at this stage;

3. The Efficiency and significance of the Program: results are very satisfying in view of costs and resources involved;

4. Coherence/complementarily is affected by the difference of administrative procedures of the State’s exterior services;

5. The visibility of the Program is not programmed but still it is satisfying mainly because of the proper dissemination of information through the relevant structures.

The steering committee of the Program shed lights as well on several issues, proposals, and ideas: the experience of local relays, sustainability and connection between the Community Reparation Program and the Program of Archives, History and Memory, communication supporting the Program and the proposal of a newsletter, intellectual property relative to the productions of the Program, filming permits and access to archives.