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Eco Citizen Project

The Eco Citizen project was a one-year long-term project with a strong local impact. It targets all categories of inhabitants of Ait Ourir and consists of several phases, starting with raising awareness, practical workshops, and strengthening capacities regarding waste sorting towards recycling and recovery.

This project began in 2020 as a preparatory phase in which the AFCD Foundation team launched social media campaigns and created a variety of communication tools to raise awareness and develop the primary steps in Ait Ourir using a participatory approach.

The implementation phase began in 2021. It did not focus only on building the capacity of local NGOs and civil society actors, but also on training new committees to better represent the local population and develop alternative pathway proposals for better household waste management.

At the same time, citizen participation concentrated on how municipalities can better implement their plans using more participatory approaches that potentially lead to better local governance.

01. Problem analysis

Local residents, social dynamics, decision-makers, and stakeholders in Ait Ourir city describe waste management as a challenging problem. However, the lack of interactions between these factors produces unsatisfied outcomes.

This project used a participatory approach to discover plausible roots of chronic problems by focusing on what captures, shapes, and limits the attention of stakeholders and decision-makers in order to develop effective solutions.

02. Project Objectives

Engage the local population from Aït Ourir, local NGOs and civil society actors, and locally elected representatives in a participatory process to develop alternative solutions for waste management in their city.

  • To inform the local population and to raise awareness about the current waste management situation in Aït Ourir and its impacts.
  • To strengthen local NGOs’ capacities to mobilize and sensitize their respective communities about waste management issues in Aït Ourir.
  • To bring elected representatives and policymakers, civil society actors, and citizens together to discuss waste related environmental issues in Aït Ourir and to contribute to developing alternative solutions and waste management systems with a participatory approach.
03. Project Target Community
  • Local NGOs and civil society activists,
  • Policy makers in Ait Ourir,
  • Ait Ourir city council & Elected representatives
  • Aït Ourir population and community,
  • Students and young people,
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs,
  • Waste management stakeholders in Ait Ourir.
05. Relation with SDGs

Our project most likely contributes to fulfilling the UNs Sustainable Development Goals by standing for:

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Project Activities