Remittance Projects in North Africa
IntEnt is a Dutch based foundation that aims to make ‘entrepreneurship across borders’ possible. It offers entrepreneurial migrants start-up advise, training, local support and guidance up to 1,5 years after the start of the business. The foundation does not offer funding, rather it offers necessary business advice to migrants wishing to invest in their country of origin to make revenue and/or support family and friends.
Valorisation des produits locaux [Valorisation of local products]
The project is implemented by "Migrations & Développement" (M&D), set up in 1986 by Moroccan migrants living in France. It aims to stimulate socio-economic development in the province of Taroudant through agrarian economic activities to fight poverty and vulnerability of the poor. Through the stimulation of the export of local products to France, MigDev offers potential for rural local development. The project offers support to economic activities in the agrarian sector of durable goods in the region such as local production of saffron, and olives (oil). It offers workshops to rural youngsters and single women taking care of children.
Programme d’Electrification Rurale Globale (PERG) [Rural Electrification Programme]
Migrant communities from the Sous region in Morocco have drawn the state into community-generated processes of innovation. In a rural region that was neglected by the state for a long time, migrants forged partnership with the state to create innovative possibilities for development of their home communities. It was a product of a highly participatory process of ‘innovating-by-doing’ that involved M/D, its migrant constituents, villagers, as well as European funders and collaborators that they gathered for the project. Starting out with the ambition of migrants wishing to return to a village with no electricity, the migrant organization arranged electrification ...