Saturday, May 03, 2014

Lecture in Fez on Shantytowns Rescheduled

“Towns without Shantytowns: A Moroccan Program between Desire and Reality” A lecture by Naima Lahbil Tagemouati will now be held on Monday, May 5, 6:15 p.m. in the ALIF Annex auditorium, 22 Rue Mohamed Diouri, Ville Nouvelle

This lecture is open to the general public.

“The goal of the Moroccan program “Towns Without Shantytowns” is to remove all slums from the cities. Launched in 2004, this program has achieved around 50% of its goal, even if the deadline was delayed from 2015 to 2020.

This program raises many key issues: Who are the actors involved? Is the resettlement of the households the best way to fight poverty? What is the impact of this program on the beneficiaries from an economical and sociological point of view? How do we deal with the population of the slums? How are the slums and their inhabitants perceived by Moroccans?”

Naima Lahbil pubilshed her first novel, La Liste, last year. In French and set in Casablanca, it is inspired by the tensions between urban development and how it affects those at the lower end of the social scale.

Naima has a strong interest in the changing face of urban Morocco, and used La Liste to explore issues surrounding the pace of change and what it means for those affected. She is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences in Fez and has published several articles on the medina of Fez.

When: Monday April 21 at 6.15 PM
Where: ALIF Annex Auditorium
22 Rue Mohamed Diouri, Ville Nouvelle
(across the road from the American Language Center. Ask the security guards for directions.)

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Johnhorniblow said...

I would love to hear this lecture. Can't get to Fez to see Naima Lahbil speak and feel this is an incredibly important issue.