Transforming Tunisia

The role of civil society in Tunisia’s transition

This report analyses the activity and influence of civil society organisations in Tunisia over the last two years, identifying the implications and opportunities for the broader Middle East and North Africa region. A review of Tunisia’s CSOs provides revealing insights into pockets of public activism, CSO activity and post-revolutionary government efforts to create newly institutionalised frameworks shaping citizen participation in governance. Moreover, the two-year Tunisian test case provides sometimes salutary lessons for institution-led, contemporary political transformations across the Middle East.