The Noor Ouarzazate CSR project began implementation on the 17th of March 2013 with the objective to improve livelihoods and economic opportunities of communities in selected villages, in particular by supporting women. In order to reach this objective, the project facilitated the creation of mixed agricultural cooperatives and women-only handicraft cooperatives, and provided trainings related to livestock, agriculture and handicraft. The project is intended to continue throughout the whole operational phase of the solar power plant, which is expected to end on the 30th of November 2043.
The W+ activities will be implemented within the existing Noor Ouarzazate CSR project boundaries. The project initiated in 2013 and covered 18 villages (douars) in the commune of Ghassate. The scope of the W+ activities will include project activities in which women were able to increase their income/assets and knowledge in particular livestock management and breeding, and handicraft production and sale.
The Noor Ouarzazate CSR project is implemented by ACWA Power in collaboration with governmental entities. A local CSR coordinator is in charge of sensitizing local authorities, communities and cooperatives and supervising the different trainings, which are provided by contracted local experts on livestock, handicraft, and agriculture. In addition, partnership agreements have been signed between ACWA Power and the local authorities and public administrations as well as local associations and NGOs.