Morocco - The "Cities without Slums" program helps to eliminate slums

The development Holding Al Omrane (HAO) conducts a priority program of elimination of slums (PARHI) in order to prevent and eradicate slums in Morocco’s urban centers.

07.15.2015
 

Objectives

  • Eradicating urban slums in Morocco’s urban centers
  • Improving access to services and basic facilities
  • Restructuring of the largest slums

Summary

In 2003, the problem of inadequate housing in Morocco concerned about 3 million people, including 800,000 people living in slums, 1.8 million people in the non-regulatory suburbs, devoid of all urban services and 400,000 people in ancient islands threatening ruin.

The priority program of elimination of slums (PARHI) launched in 2001 and subject of political and strategic realignment in 2003 resulting in housing sector reforms, helps to prevent and eradicate slums in Morocco’s urban centers by restructuring or deleting them. It concerns all head cities and Morocco's urban centers of 67 cities and urban communes. While HAO is the national operator of the reversal and prevention of slums, several donors are involved. The World Bank and the MAE support the sectoral component and the AFD the operational component, the EU, the Cities Alliance, USAID and others co-finance the project.

Results

The programs results in an improved access to services and basic facilities for people. By restructuring onsite largest slums it concerns 120,000 people in 97 slums and thus has a significant social impact. Households with very low incomes, while having access to strong social ties and urban workforce services, are allowed to save money for possibly better housing.