Enhancing NGO’s Capacities to Protect the Rights of the Child

The Ministry of State for Human Rights organized in the period between September 21st and 23rd, a training session in favor of associations working in the area of the rights of the child about the properties of associative networking and its importance in developing NGO’s action.

Opening this training session, Ms. Aatifa Tamerjerdin, the Head of the Division of Dialogue and the Enhancement of Capacities, said that associative networking aims to develop the associative fabric and raise its performance, indicating that the Ministry is willing to expand the scope of the program to enhance the capacities of the associations working in the field of childhood in other regions. Meanwhile, she introduced to the participants the key points of this training session such as the definition of associative networking, its legal framework, the network’s creation process, the network’s structural organization and the methods to build a successful network.

To build a successful network, there is need to dwell on both associative issues and a mobilizing aim. It requires a number of properties such as the presence of a number of credible leading associations, common ground, strong ties between associations and other stakeholders, clear ideas about the network’s objectives, availability of stable financial resources, as well as, the capacity to contribute to the evolution of the field.   

The creation  of a network passes through seven principal steps: ( 1) diagnosing the issue, (2) sensitizing about the issue, (3) the enlargement  of the network to different stakeholders (4)  the network’s directive platform and roadmap,(5)  the organization of an event about the issue to announce the network’s  creation ,(6) the organization of the network’s creation  meeting, (7) and the creation  of a coordination committee  along with the elaboration of a periodic action plan.

It is noteworthy that four networks have been created so far in four regions (Sous –Massa, Darra-Tafilalt, Tangier-Tetouan-Elhouceima, and Fes-Meknes) within the framework of the partnership program with United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) “the Promotion of the Capacities and Follow up Mechanisms of the Rights of the Child in Accordance with International Standards”, which started in 2012. There has also been a number of training sessions related to advocacy, UN human rights mechanism and the integration of human rights in public policies organized within the same program.

In addition, article 14 of the law No. 75:00 regulating the right to form associations stipulates that the creation and regulation of associative unions and federations are subject to the same measures in force related to associations.

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