This book encompasses the proceedings of
the international conference organized under the High Patronage of His Majesty
King Mohammed VI by Fès-Saiss Association on the theme: “Civil
Society, Gender and Sustainable Development” on February
14-16, 2002 in Fès.
conference had five major goals: First, it aimed to
initiate and consolidate cooperation among foundations,
corporate funders and their respective grantees and
sustain civil society structures, particularly in
Second, the conference sought to put in place a network
of individuals and organizations capable of moving
forward quickly on different issues ranging from
unemployment to substance abuse.
Third, the conference served as a starting point for
meaningful dialogue, building on what has already been
achieved within cooperation programmes.
Fourth, the conference aimed at expanding communication
and cooperation between different foundations and
associations in both countries, given the strong need to
foster understanding and to exchange views and
experiences in this domain. Civil society must develop
flexible and effective responses to problems of common
interest ranging from education, development,
environment, technology, trade and conflict resolution.
There is also need to develop new channels of
cooperation by promoting information exchanges among
civil society organizations, and to assume
responsibility for the promotion of good practice,
transparency, accountability and credibility.
Fifth, another purpose of the conference was to explore
how civil society organizations could best identify
issues of common concern and develop an agenda for
cooperation and partnership. Participants then
identified a series of problem areas, including the
natural and cultural environment, demographics, economic
conditions, and specific social issues. The conference
dealt with the following sub-themes: literacy, education,
cultural diversity, development, effects of
globalization, human rights and democracy, gender and