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Citizen's voices in political transition

Building peace in Tunisia through enhancing civic access to political power

This project aims to increase the influence of local communities, including marginalised groups, on development policies and decision-making. Decision-making on development in Tunisia has historically marginalised the poorer interior regions of the country. In the aftermath of the revolution, public expectations are high. Young unemployed graduates in interior regions have been increasingly vocal in demanding jobs and economic development. Consolidating democracy in Tunisia will mean addressing these demands. We promote participative democracy and support regional civil society organisations in bridging the gap between people and government authorities, so that decision-making takes into account local needs. We also hold training and dialogue workshops, promote research on peace and development issues, and support projects or events implemented jointly by local authorities and civil society. This project will increase the capacity of civil society in bringing people together, building consensus and leading effective grassroots advocacy for change.