Middle East and Northern Africa

Tunisia 2015


A National Business Agenda to Advance Economic Reform

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To strengthen processes for broad-based consultation among Tunisia’s economic stakeholders and to support advocacy for progressive implementation of market reforms necessary for broad-based economic growth.  To enhance the capacity of local partners to lead Tunisia’s National Business Agenda (NBA) initiative, the program will draw on decades of experience with successful NBA initiatives worldwide to support Tunisian private-sector actors with practical tools and models, technical implementation support and strategic advice.


Civic Engagement of University Students

Impact Foundation for Research and Development


To promote a culture of civic engagement among university students in Gafsa and Jendouba. The foundation will administer an online survey on civic education reform, convene two multi-stakeholder focus groups, develop a civic education manual, train eight university professors and civil society leaders, run a 12-week civic education course in four universities, and evaluate the efficacy of the pilot curriculum.


Empowering Civic Activists in Sfax

Free Woman Association


To empower youth and women activists in the Sfax governorate to advocate for citizen priorities. The grantee will hold ten one-day capacity building and strategic planning workshops for 25 civic activists, lead five issue-based groups in conducting community research, convene ten public community discussions, publish a final report with findings and recommendations on its research, organize two meetings with decision-makers, and launch an advocacy campaign on citizen priorities for the local council elections.


Empowering Elected Officials

Tunisian Institute for the Training of Elected Officials


To enhance the capacity of members of parliament to conduct legislative and constituent affairs and engage with citizens more broadly on issues of public concern. The institute will work with a multi-party group of parliamentarians; lead four six half-day trainings in communication, coordination, and constituent relations; publish training guides; monitor the activities of the parliament; and circulate a quarterly newsletter on parliamentary affairs.


Empowering Youth Voices



To promote youth inclusion in Tunisian local and national discourse. Wasabi will collaborate with youth groups to organize campaigns and meet with elected local and national leaders.  Wasabi will develop a training guide, lead six two-day advocacy workshops in several governorates for 180 youth, elect a national youth delegation, conduct a two-day intensive communications training in Tunis, and launch a media campaign to raise awareness of youth concerns.


Engaging Youth in Legislative Reform Advocacy

Tunisian Youth Leaders


To build the capacity of youth to monitor and advocate for legislative reforms.  The program will select and support a team of law students and civil society activists to monitor bills on freedom of expression and equality in the parliament; conduct a two-day training on Tunisian constitutional law for ten youth interns; publish four analytical reports on draft laws slated for parliamentary debate; and lead an advocacy campaign to raise awareness on draft laws and their constitutionality.


Launching Parliamentary Internship Program

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)


To engage young Tunisians in governance and political decision-making and to provide organizational and legislative support to Tunisian parliamentarians. NDI will conduct a one-year internship program for university students to work with newly elected parliamentary groups. Prior to placement, the program will equip interns with skills relevant to supporting parliamentary groups and individual MPs as they engage and communicate with constituents, interact with the media, and draft and propose legislation.


Mobilizing Youth in Municipal Elections

Civil Pole for Development and Human Rights


To promote youth participation in municipal council elections and strengthen the capacity of a national network. The organization will form a team of experts specializing in local governance, leadership, and advocacy; identify 70 youth leaders from the northern, interior, and southern regions who will participate in two three-day capacity-building trainings on local governance and leadership development; launch get-out-the-vote-campaigns for youth; host regional youth roundtables, and publish a guide on youth and local governance.


Monitoring Transitional Justice

Association for the Defense of Human Rights


To monitor and support the transitional justice process in Tunisia, specifically in the interior and southern governorates of Sfax, Gabes, Medenine, and Tatouine. The program will organize two two-day capacity building workshops on transitional justice and media outreach, establish a working group of 20 human rights activists and bloggers concerned about transitional justice developments, design a website, and publish a report on the status of transitional justice in the interior and southern regions of Tunisia.


Preserving the Memory of Political Prisoners

International Association to Support Political Prisoners


To strengthen the capacity of a nascent organization to advocate for transitional justice best practices, including raising awareness about former political prisoners in Tunisia. The organization will form a 12-member taskforce, organize a four-day skills building and strategic planning workshop on truth seeking and national memory, organize a three-day exhibition and two community discussions in Tunis, and create a website to serve as a digital archive and documentation center.


Promoting Human Rights Through Artistic Expression

Fanni Raghman Anni Association


To strengthen youth capacity to promote human rights awareness and advocacy using arts in the regions of El Kef, Kasserine, and Gafsa. The program will recruit and engage 30 leading youth in marginalized governorates, organize a ten-day residential human rights and arts camp, and organize three traveling art caravans in each governorate for youth to display their artistic products and performances that highlight human rights issues.


Promoting Local Governance

Arab Institute for Democracy


To promote good local governance and strengthen a national network’s ability to raise awareness and advocate for laws related to local governance and municipal elections. The organization will implement a two-year program to conduct day-long workshops in the interior governorates on local governance; convene national symposiums on decentralization and electoral laws; establish a team of national election observers; and conduct six workshops for newly elected local-council officials.


Promoting Peace and Pluralism

Social Development and Empowerment Center


To equip religious leaders, educators, and civil society to promote peace and civic participation in three interior governorates. The organization will establish multi-stakeholder community working groups in each governorate to assess needs, conduct a four-day training workshop on Islamic references to peace and pluralism and countering violent extremism, and develop an awareness and advocacy campaign with religious leaders and educators to promote peace and pluralism in mosques and schools.


Promoting Pluralism and Participation

Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Tunisia


To empower religious leaders to promote a moderate, peaceful, and democratic discourse in marginalized areas and raise awareness on key issues affecting Tunisia’s transition. The organization will conduct a needs assessments in the governorates of Kairouan and Kasserine; hold two four-day trainings for 20 religious leaders; organize intensive follow-up workshops with religious leaders and youth on civic education, political participation, and peace-building; and convene five national seminars in Tunis on key issues affecting Tunisia’s democratic transition.


Promoting Policy Dialogue

Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication (JFRC)


To strengthen the role of civil society in promoting dialogue with policymakers on social and economic issues. The foundation will conduct three four-day training-of-trainer courses for ten facilitators on policy analysis and advocacy; publish a guide, tailored to Tunisia, on policy paper writing; lead three four-day workshops on policy analysis for 45 civic actors; convene quarterly half-day seminars on social and economic policies; and organize two conferences to present and debate policy recommendations.


Promoting Policy Dialogue

Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication (JFRC)

Supplement: $60,000

To promote dialogue with policymakers on social and economic issues and to build civil society capacity in policy analysis and advocacy. The organization will implement a two-year program to conduct training-of-trainer courses on policy analysis and advocacy, publish a Tunisia-tailored guide on policy paper writing, and organize a series of training workshops, conferences, and seminars designed to provide a forum for debate on policy recommendations addressing urgent social and economic issues.  In addition, the project will pilot a series of YouTube episodes on “Talking Policy.”


Promoting Social Accountability

Association for Citizenship and Northwest Development


To strengthen the capacity of civil society activists to promote social accountability in the northwest region of Tunisia. The grantee will establish four working groups of five members each from Beja, Jendouba, Le Kef, and Siliana, hold two three-day trainings on social accountability and oversight mechanisms, lead a five-day community discussions in each of the four governorates, convene a two-day seminar with working groups, and finalize a set of citizen-defined social accountability indicators.


Promoting Social Accountability

Association for Citizenship and Northwest Development

Supplement: 2,700

To strengthen the capacity of civil society to promote social accountability in the northwest region of Tunisia and to build the capacity of a nascent organization. The organization will establish four working groups in Beja, Jendouba, El Kef, and Siliana; hold trainings on social accountability and oversight mechanisms; lead awareness campaigns and community discussions in each of the four governorates; and finalize a set of citizen-defined social accountability indicators.


Promoting Women’s Participation in Elections

Free Sight Association


To promote women’s political participation in the municipal council elections in the governorates of Ben Arous, Mahdia, Gabes and Medenine. The organization will partner with local associations to train 100 women youth leaders in four two-day workshops on decentralization and local governance, convene regular in-person follow -up meetings with trained women leaders, and support four community initiatives in each of the governorates.


Promoting Women’s Rights

Tounissiet Association


To promote civic and political engagement of women in Tunisia and strengthen the capacity of other local civic organizations. The grantee will lead four two-day workshops on women and local governance in Gabes, Tunis, Sidi Thabet, and Sfax; conduct a four-day training on strategic planning and advocacy; convene four roundtables on women’s political, social, and economic rights; pilot a Women’s Policy Laboratory on legislative priorities; host a one-day seminar on rural women’s empowerment; organize a comparative regional Maghreb conference on women’s activism; and publish three online newsletters.


Promoting Youth Civic Engagement

Youth and Skills Association (Maharat)


To promote youth civic participation in Bizerte. The grantee will organize six two-day capacity-building workshops using the Success in a Changing World civic education curriculum for 150 youth, host a one-day public forum for youth, hold three one-day follow-on community development workshops, launch an advocacy campaign, convene two roundtables on local and regional civic participation, and draft an organizational strategic plan.


Promoting Youth Engagement in Gafsa

Union of Independent Tunisians for Freedom (UTIL)


To promote constructive youth civic engagement and build the capacity of a nascent organization in Gafsa. The grantee will lead three two-day trainings for 25 youth leaders, establish a youth working group on community challenges and opportunities, convene four meetings between the youth working group and local officials, and publish a final report on findings and recommendations.


Promoting Youth Priorities

Alternative Youth Network – RAJ Tunisia


To strengthen Tunisian youth coalitions to advocate youth priorities. Alternative Youth Network – RAJ Tunisia (RAJ) will collaborate with youth groups, establish a youth taskforce, and organize eight roundtable discussions on youth priorities in the northwest, interior, south, and southeast regions of Tunisia. RAJ will compile and synthesize roundtable findings, draft a comprehensive report, and lead an advocacy campaign to bring youth issues to the attention of the newly elected government.


Supporting Participatory Decentralization

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To support preparation for decentralized governance. IRI will host workshops exposing key government and citizen stakeholders to global lessons learned and best practices in decentralization and informing them of their roles and responsibilities under a decentralized structure of governance. Additionally, IRI workshops will help civil society to effectively represent and advocate for citizen interests in the decentralization process and raise civic awareness of decentralization and its implications.


Supporting Public and Private Sector Preparation for a National Business Agenda

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To support an inclusive, bottom-up effort in Tunisia to define and mobilize support for economic reform priorities.  The effort will be based on the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between private-sector associations and the Tunisian Prime Minister’s Office, pledging cooperation in creating a national business agenda. Key activities will educate MoU signatories on the national business agenda model and help them define their roles in the upcoming process.


Supporting the Rights of Women Laborers

Voice of Eve Association


To raise awareness and advocate for women’s economic and social rights in Sidi Bouzid and to build the capacity of a nascent women’s rights organization. The organization will select 15 youth leaders to monitor and document human rights violations, organize a four-day human rights monitoring and documentation workshop, produce a 30-minute documentary, launch an advocacy campaign, hold a three-day national forum on women’s economic and social rights in Tunis, and advocate to local and national representatives to support  women’s rights.


Supporting Women’s Participation

Association Irtikaa for Effective Women Participation


To promote women’s political participation in Greater Tunis, Beja, and Zaghouan. The organization will organize capacity building workshops on local governance and women’s participation, convene seminars on the role of women in local governance, carry out get-the-vote campaigns, host a national roundtable meeting with political party representatives on women’s political participation, and publish an annual newsletter.


From the 2015 NED Annual Report


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