Risk governance

Improving the Management of Major Risks in Morocco


As part of the OECD High Level Risk Forum, the OECD conducted a review of risk management policies in Morocco to support the country’s efforts to improve resilience to critical risks.  It was carried out by the Directorate for Public Governance between December 2014 and May 2016 via the Peer Review process, in cooperation with three international experts in risk management from OECD countries. It benefitted from the support of the Moroccan Ministry of General Affairs and Governance (MAGG) and the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior. In addition, it was partly financed by the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), managed by the German international development agency, GIZ.

This study analyses initiatives undertaken in Morocco to support the management of critical risks. It covers steps taken by central government and local authorities, research centres, the private sector, and civil society. It focuses particularly on questions relating to the governance of risks, co-ordination, and the engagement of key stakeholders. The analysis looks at the entire risk management cycle, including risk assessment, prevention and mitigation, emergency response and management, recovery and reconstruction. It also identifies the challenges that Morocco still needs address in order to improve the resilience of its economy and society to critical risks.

The OECD presented the recommendations of the review of risk management policies in Morocco on 24 May 2016 in the Conference Centre of the Ministry of the Interior in Rabat. 

The study was launched in November 2016 at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco

   ‌‌‌‌OECD Review of Risk Management Policies Morocco

Follow-up projet: Implementing the OECD Recommendations on Risk Management Policies in Morocco

follow-up project is currently underway to support further implementation of the OECD’s recommendations in order to: 

    • Strengthen the governance of critical risks by supporting the creation of a national Chief Risk Officer (CRO)
    • Organize capacity building workshops at the national and local levels
    • Draft guides on operational and concrete implementation practices for local authorities on specific risk management themes
    • Monitor and evaluate the implementation status of the OECD recommendations

The follow-up project benefits from the support of the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, the Moroccan Ministry of General Affairs and Governance (MAGG), and the Swiss Development Cooperation agency (DDC).

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