In Morocco, Social enterprise and innovation have been identified as key areas for development of the Moroccan economy and society. In 2013, the British Council commissioned Social Enterprise UK in partnership with the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship to complete research report assessing the level and type of social enterprise activity in Morocco, and its potential for further development.
The report presents the findings from research designed to scope the early stages of social enterprise development and its landscape in Morocco. It formed the future outline of the British Council Morocco’s social enterprise programme.
The report is the first of its kind in Morocco and it forms the foundation for future interventions and research studies conducted by the British Council and its partners in the field. The results of the report were presented at the International Social Enterprise Forum hosted by The British Council Morocco and The World Bank in March 2014.
The summary of the results of the report can be seen below:
• There are a variety of social purposes that social enterprises work for, the most common being working to improve or support a community, supporting women and providing education and training.
• The artisan and handicraft sector are the markets which commonly attract social entrepreneurs. This is largely influenced by the dominance of the co-operative sector.
• Operational barriers to growth included: lack of appropriate technical support, lack of finance and funding and the limitations of the legal framework.
• Systemic barriers included the lack of an enterprise culture and mind-set as well as issues around language.
• There was common agreement that the movement needs to become more inclusive and collaborative with stakeholders from other sectors.
• Platforms and hubs which bring social enterprises, practitioners and supporters together to share best practice and ideas are also needed. These platforms can also serve as open forums which bring different stakeholders together to debate and build consensus around key issues which will shape the future of social enterprise.
The report is available and can be downloaded on this page in English, French and Arabic.