The Souss-Massa-Drâa region in southern Morocco faces many challenges. In addition to the threat of the advancing Sahara, the traditional Berber communities are also persistently poor. The Trade for Development Centre has been very active in the region for several years, with on the one hand financial assistance to the local NGO Ibn Al Baytar, and on the other hand marketing support in projects of the Belgian development agency.
UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation and UNRIC, have launched a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The Competition is part of the UN Women campaign “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” Residents of an EU Member State aged 18 to 28 years old are invited to submit their drawings.
Projects in Peru, Congo and Morocco highlight the fact that to turn fair and sustainable trade into a means of leverage in the fight against poverty and inequality reduction – which is the Trade for Development Centre’s view – two questions must be kept in mind when approving projects: who does the work when producing goods and who manages the profits once the projects boosts revenue?