Morocco Cross-Sectoral Youth Assessment Report
USAID/Morocco requested that USAID’s YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE) project conduct a Cross-Sectoral Youth Assessment (CSYA) to understand the status and aspirations of Moroccan youth aged 15-29 and how to best support youth on their journey to self-reliance. This assessment provides in-depth findings from the research conducted from August to September 2020. The report analyzes results and actionable recommendations relevant to the Development Objectives (DOs) of USAID/Morocco. We based the recommendations on an integrated strategy to prioritize Positive Youth Development (PYD) as the next programming period’s central tenet as articulated in the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), 2013–2020.
Youth are the foundation of a prosperous future for Morocco. However, as demonstrated by the analysis, they confront growing risks from a combination of education, economic and workforce development, civic engagement and participatory governance, and community resilience challenges. This reality emerges clearly from the results of the desk review, key informant interviews (KIIs), focus group discussions (FGDs), and the online youth survey. The findings present a remarkably consistent profile of youth needs, priorities, and challenges.