Tunisia 2021

Democratic Governance

Promoting Transitional Justice


To strengthen a civil society coalition focused on promoting transitional justice. The organization will hold a series of trainings for transitional justice-focused civil society partners on advocacy, participatory democracy, and outreach. It will conduct strategy workshops on Tunisia’s transitional justice issues, and advocacy seminars on transitional justice topics including cases in the judicial system.

Association des Journalistes du Site Nawaat

Enhancing Independent Media’s Content Production Capabilities


To expand and enhance independent media content development on democracy and governance related topics. The organization will increase and improve its video production of short explainer videos as well as longer video segments monthly. The organization will focus its videos and reporting on issues pertaining to democratic development in Tunisia.

Association Tunisienne pour les Droits et les Libertes (ADL)

Promoting Accountability in the Education Sector


To promote transparency and accountability in Tunisia’s education sector. The organization will advocate for improvements to a government platform, including access to information on public procurement related to educational institutions. It will launch an app for civil society and citizens to monitor projects led by the ministry and convene meetings to evaluate the ministry’s progress in responding to access to information requests. The organization will raise awareness of the app and monitor ministry spending and projects.

Bloggeurs sans Chaines

Protecting Freedom of Expression


To strengthen a legal defense organization’s ability to defend freedom of expression. The organization will engage two lawyers and launch a hotline for legal support and defense of online activists who have been prosecuted for their online speech under sections of the criminal and communications codes. The organization will create a secure database to effectively manage the legal cases and provide legal services to defendants.

Carthage Health Association

Strengthening Public Health Policies


To promote citizen oversight and transparency of public healthcare policies and expenditure in Tunisia. The organization will conduct research on the transparency of public health governance, update an online platform with information on transparency and open data relating to healthcare, organize multi-stakeholder public debates on current public health policies and possibilities for reform, and support journalism focused on public health policy in marginalized regions.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Fostering Economic Advocacy And Democratic Success


The Center seeks to bring citizen voices to government in Tunisia, channeling their priorities to decision makers, to help answer the economic needs of Tunisians. The Center’s expert support has enabled its Tunisian partner organizations, UPMI and IACE, to become powerful civic actors with expanding impact. They have successfully used the Center’s business agenda model to lead both national public-private dialogue, and multiple initiatives to support regional decision makers in solving local problems without waiting for central government. Their advocacy has shaped regional development decisions and national policies for business and job creation, including Tunisia’s recent Finance Law. The next Tunisia project will build on that success. the Center will help UPMI, IACE and other business organizations advocate further pragmatic economic reforms for inclusive growth, foster regional collaboration to address more local business barriers, and support broad-based and cross-cutting dialogue to find solutions to Tunisia’s complex democratic and economic challenges.

Chahed Observatory for Monitoring Elections and Supporting Democratic Reform

Promoting an Inclusive Electoral Process


To strengthen the access of people with disabilities and rural women to the electoral process. The organization will carry out a series of regional consultative meetings with civil society organizations representing people with disabilities and women in rural areas to gather information on impediments to each group’s participation in the electoral process and policy recommendations to facilitate their participation. The organization will present those findings to policymakers and will advocate for key policy changes.

Developpement sans Frontières (Lab’ess)

Facilitating Social Entrepreneurship to Promote Local Economic Development


To advocate a more enabling legal and regulatory framework for social entrepreneurship and ‘social and solidarity economy initiatives. The organization will train municipal councilmembers on the role of municipalities in supporting social entrepreneurship to promote local economic development, and train and network social entrepreneurs and related NGOs to create a national representative body for social entrepreneurship enterprises.

I Watch

Anti-Corruption Legal Advocacy


To encourage and promote the reform of anti-corruption legislation. The organization will lead a study to evaluate gaps in the law that allow corruption. Workshops with Members of Parliament (MPs) and civil society will gather input on the study and develop recommendations. The organization will also convene discussion sessions and workshops with MPs on potential legal initiatives and to formulate legislative proposals, as well as lead an advocacy campaign for the proposed legislation.

Institut Arabe Pour la Democratie

Promoting Conflict Resolution in Municipal Councils


To promote conflict resolution and effective, responsive governance within municipal councils, and to promote consensus-building within Tunisia’s pro-democracy movement. The organization will organize two national seminars on decentralization and conflict resolution, trainings for mayors on conflict management mechanisms, publish a guide on municipal conflict management, and create an observatory for municipal conflict resolution. The organization will also hold national dialogue meetings convening various stakeholders to discuss the current situation and the future of democracy in Tunisia.

Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication (JFRC)

Facilitating Participatory Municipal Governance


To strengthen civil society’s role in promoting dialogue with policy and decision-makers and enhancing citizen engagement at the municipal level. The organization will hold a series of workshops with municipalities and civil society to develop a municipal development strategy, convene coordination meetings and workshops to advocate for decentralization reform, train local observers on monitoring municipal work, and work with local observatories to advocate for improvements to municipal services. The organization will use additional funds to continue advocacy efforts and coordinate between observers across municipalities.

Maghreb Economic Forum

Promoting Accountability in Socio-Economic Policies


To strengthen civil society’s oversight of socio-economic policies in Tataouine. The organization will hold trainings to enable a group of civil society activists to analyze and monitor implementation of the government’s socio-economic policies in the region, launch an online platform to facilitate access to data on the government’s pledges and implementation of socio-economic initiatives, and convene a press conference to promote the platform.

Media Development Center

Supporting Independent Community Media


To support the development of quality independent community radios. The organization will train newly licensed independent radio stations on professional and ethical standards of journalism, the legal framework for broadcast journalism, and sustainable management of a non-profit radio station. The organization will also conduct follow-up visits with radio stations, monitor their output, provide technical assistance and guidance, publish a guide for non-profit radios and convene a final evaluation workshop.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Improving Economic Outcomes Through Inclusive Political Processes


To enhance the probability that Tunisian political processes will improve economic outcomes, especially in disadvantaged regions, the Institute will establish models of citizen-driven policy-making and connection between local and national-level actors. Within these models, local actors will pilot new approaches to citizen engagement and responsive governance in a discrete number of municipalities focused on a specific economic issue; and, with NDI assistance, feed these experiences up to the national level to help inform legislation and policy making. The Institute will use these pilot programs to generate replicable roadmaps for making democracy deliver in other global transition settings.

Solidar Tunisia

Promoting Legislative Reform


To promote socio-economic reform that is responsive to citizen needs. The organization will produce studies on six different potential areas of economic reform that would address key citizen priorities; develop an orientation guide to explain these concepts more widely; convene regional consultative workshops to gather input from local experts, officials and civil society; and advocate for the adoption of its policy recommendations.

Taqallam for Freedom of Speech and Creativity

Supporting Independent Data Journalism


To promote high quality, data-driven independent journalism. The organization will train a group of journalists to create stories using visuals, graphics, and interactive maps to present publicly available data in an innovative, audience engaging manner. The journalistic pieces will focus on economic issues, politics, parliamentary affairs, human rights, corruption, and important legislation.

Tounissiet Association

Training Women Political Leaders and Candidates


To strengthen women’s civic and political participation. The organization will train women who plan to run in the upcoming local elections on political leadership, knowledge of the political system, and advocating for policies that advance women’s rights. It will also conduct a training of trainers for representatives from civil society and governmental organizations on incorporating a gender-sensitive approach in policymaking, convene conferences on the rights of rural women, and seminars on women in municipal governance.

Tunisian Association of Public Auditors

Strengthening Natural Resource Governance


To empower civil society to advocate transparent governance practices in Tunisia’s extractive industries. The organization will convene a seminar on extractive industries and parliament’s oversight role, train parliamentarians on their role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process and oversight of natural resource governance, organize a seminar for civil society partners on hydrocarbon public contracts, and organize a seminar on the reform of state-owned enterprises in the extractive industries. The organization will also continue to advocate for measures necessary to joining the EITI.