In Tunisia we address social tensions by promoting the inclusion of excluded and marginalised groups.

We support economic, social and cultural rights, including the respect of human rights, and access to health, water and education. We work to address violence in society, including gender-based violence.

We have a sub-national presence in the governorate of Kasserine in the centre-west and in the governorate of Tataouine in the south-east, in addition to our Tunis national office. We focus on the local level in marginalised regions and our presence on the ground offers a depth to our projects and has facilitated the development of partnerships with a wide variety of actors, such as local authorities, youth and civil society organisations.

Our work adopts a bottom-up approach involving disadvantaged groups, particularly youth and women, to increase their capacities to constructively engage on public policies and advocate for economic, social and political rights.

We have been working in Tunisia since 2012.

Conflict context

More than a decade after the 2011 revolution, many of the social and economic root causes remain unchanged – as deep social, regional and generational inequalities have been unaddressed by successive governments. There has been an erosion of many civil rights and a shrinking of civil society space.

Working class neighbourhoods and border regions are particularly disadvantaged, and experience high rates of school dropouts, unemployment and the loss of public services. The strongest impacts of marginalisation are felt by women and young people. Half of young people aged between 18 and 29 are deprived of healthcare, according to an Alert study conducted in the marginalised regions of Tataouine North, Kasserine North and three areas of Greater Tunis (Douar Hicher, Kabbariya and Sidi Hassine).

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