In November 2009, the Morocco UNICEF Country Office launched the “Child and Youth Friendly Communes” (CYCF) pilot project. Preparations for the launch of the pilot initiative were undertaken in that year and included a study visit to France to familiarize with the Child Friendly Cities (CFC) example; the development of a feasibility study on the local communities contribution to the promotion and realization of human rights, and above all children’s rights; the adaptation of the CFC Framework and the 9 “building blocks”; and the formal commitment of the communities. To become ‘child friendly’, communities commit to: a) mobilize a range of stakeholders to implement the plan of action for children; b) promote children’s citizenship and participation; c) improve access to education, health, culture and recreation; d) promote children’s rights; e) and report on their progress on a yearly base. The initiative has developed its own child-friendly cities indicators for monitoring and assessment. These indicators have been divided in four key dimensions: social and cultural, economic, environment and local government. The social and cultural dimension measures issues such as education, health and basic services; while the economic focus on community development, reinforcement of local capacities, as well as on budget expenditure upon children; environment assess the access to sewerage services; and local government concentrates on the operation of the community budget.

Click here for an example of the indicators (French language).