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Human and Economic Development Research Unit

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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The Human and Economic Development Research Unit (HEDRU) of the Social Science Research Institute is a multi-disciplinary group of scholars, both from Al Akhawayn University and from other institutions, who share an interest in human and development studies.

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In past years, SHSS faculty and students have conducted research projects on a number of human development-related issues. These include:

  • Consultancy in preparation of a parliamentary bill dealing with the problem of street begging as requested by the Ministry of Social Development, Family and Solidarity;
  • A project with The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on “poverty alleviation and forest resources management”;
  • Two projects on the urban planning of the city of Ifrane and the city of Guercif;
  • A project on the assessment of tourism in Essaouira;
  • A study of the impact of the Hassan al-Dakhil Dam on the Tafilalt region;
  • A political assessment of the INDH;
  • A study of prenatal and infant health care in rural areas;
  • An analysis of Morocco’s agricultural and irrigation policies;
  • A study of land cover change in both the Azrou forest and the Tafilalt Oasis and of prospects for fish farming in Merja Lerga (Moulay Bousselham’s Lagoon).

The last three studies involved the analysis of satellite imagery. The last development-related project in which some SHSS faculty have been involved was the Plan Communal de Développement of all the communes of the Province of Ifrane. This project was concluded in the summer of 2014.


Past Events

  • 2014, Smart cities conference, Morocco leads the way
  • 2011-2014 Plans Communaux de développement de la province d’Ifrane

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