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Support program for the establishment of integrated action plans for the reduction of social and territorial disparities

Following the observation of His Majesty King Mohammed VI made in his speech to the nation on July 30, 2015 on the occasion of the Throne Day:  "Despite the progress made by our country, what saddens me is this situation of precariousness experienced by some of our fellow citizens in remote and landlocked regions, especially on the peaks of the Atlas and the Rif, the arid Saharan areas and the oases, as well as certain villages in the plains and on the coasts. We are aware of the extent of the deficit that has accumulated over decades in these regions, despite all the initiatives and all the efforts that have been made. This is why, as soon as We assumed the mission of leading you, dear people, We took an oath before God to spare no effort to improve the lot of the populations of these regions, and to alleviate their sufferings.

And to the royal announcement made in the same speech: "In order to guarantee the success of such an ambitious social project, We invite the government to establish an integrated action plan, based on the partnership between the various ministerial departments and the institutions concerned, with a view to finding the means of financing the projects and define a precise timetable for their implementation."

A support program for the Program for the Reduction of Territorial and Social Disparities (PRDTS) has been initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests (MAPMDREF) and the Ministry of Interior (MI) in partnership with the National Agency for Land Conservation, Cadastre and Cartography (ANCFCC) and the Targa-Aide association. It is part of a logic of territorialization of the communes, by the production of a set of communal data and by the mastery of the knowledge of all the local resources, in order to establish a territorial diagnosis of the national rural space. The data thus produced will constitute a capital of knowledge and decision support to be exploited on an ongoing basis insofar as simple monitoring and updating processes are ensured.


The regional action plans which are called upon to reduce social and territorial disparities must emanate from a methodological approach in order to help development actors

territorial in the targeting of the living places of the populations most in need. Implementing such a process throughout the national territory is the first major challenge of this support program.

The second major challenge aims to provide the central and regional, or even provincial, governance bodies responsible for implementing this program with an effective approach and tools to carry out objective and transparent territorial arbitration with a view to better monitoring of the impact of the actions of the plan.

Intervention zone

The target program:

  • 12 Regions;

  • 75 Prefectures and Provinces;

  • 1282 Municipalities with a rural character (geographical environment).

The two southern regions will be approached in 2021 after authorization from the Ministry of the Interior.

Program Objectives

  • Provide central and regional governance bodies with an approach andpowerful tools for territorial prioritization and targeted programming;

  • Establish adiagnosis of living spaces populations at different territorial scales (from the Douar to the Region or even at the national level) in terms of Accessibility and Quality of basic public services;

  • Identify and measure deficits and territorial and sectoral disparities in order to helpdirection of programming and toAbest targeting (territorial and state action);

  • Extend the territorial diagnosis to Centers and Small Towns

Approach process taken

  • For territorial diagnosis 

  • For the consolidation of territorial and social databases


The mupdating mechanism, in addition to a user-friendly computer interface, will be accompanied by a methodological manual detailing the updating process and proposingproviding appropriate frameworks for updating data by the departments concerned.

Program activities

The activities of this program are summarized as follows. The overall timeline is attached:

  • Develop territorial diagnoses with cartographic illustrations;

  • Propose a methodology for prioritizing the territories of each region;

  • Build Databases (BDD) with territorial and sectoral entries;

  • Design an online application allowing the collection, processing and updating of territorial data;

  • Establish territorial cartographic atlases.

Organization and deployment of human resources

In order to ensure the start of the program as soon as the partnership agreement is reached, an organization chart adapted to the specificities of the activities has been designed organizing the deployment of the necessary human resources. This organization is made up of central units located at Targa's headquarters in Rabat, and local/regional teams based in ten of the country's twelve regions. Each regional team is made up of a Regional Coordinator (RC), Prefectural/Provincial Coordinators (CP) who occupy an office in each province or prefecture, and two engineers specializing in cartography and database management. The regional team has an office located in the administrative capitals of each region, equipped with all the logistics necessary for operational autonomy. These spaces are used as a workplace by the RC and the engineers, and also serve as offices during Provinces/Region or Rabat/Region meetings.





  • Crossing of the database of Targa localities with that of the HCP;

  • Design of the new Database: a “thematic” focused database and sharing of the database with our partners;

  • Installation of the new Database and training of administrators;

  • Finalization of the preschool survey;

  • Constitution of a “district” database within centers and small towns;

  • Production and publication of infrastructure maps of “Communes” and “Cercles” in French and Arabic for the entire territory concerned by the study

  • Establishment and publication of the diagnostic report on the state of play of the provinces / prefectures at the regional level and of the circles at the provincial level;

  • Updating and updating of the road network and the location of establishments and localities after the delivery of territorial maps (municipality and circle);

  • Creation of a preliminary scoring grid for the centres;

  • Simulation of programming 21 on the inventory drawn up, production of a simulated classification to help with the orientation of programming 2022.

  • Realization of needs after simulation of PA22 in roads and schooling.


  • Implementation of the data updating system (at Circle level);

  • Publication of diagnostic reports on the state of play of the provinces: dealing with the rural areas of the circles as well as the polarity of the urban areas that surround them;

  • Establishment of a global ranking of small towns and centers (delimited/in the making) based on the supply of public and private facilities;

  • Production of maps at different territorial scales (municipalities, circles and provinces) following the new data update;

  • Closing of the remaining field surveys (preschool, ESS appendix, etc.)

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