The Slovak Transition Experience-sharing within Slovak – Tunisian case of Cooperation Civil Society Needs Assessment in Tunisia Katarína Bajzíková ( African Centre of Slovakia, PDCS) 14-16th June 2012, Emerging Africa 2012, P écs. Introduction.
The Slovak Transition Experience-sharing within Slovak – Tunisian case of CooperationCivil Society Needs Assessment in TunisiaKatarína Bajzíková (African Centre of Slovakia, PDCS) 14-16th June 2012, EmergingAfrica 2012, Pécs
Questionnairespreparedforfocusgroups and interviewsundertook in February and March 2012
A Tunisian engineer working in anti-corruption shared with us: “The main catalyst of the revolution is corruption. Democratic demands were called only by the educated while the majority was objecting corruption, unemployment and lack of development.”
Many Tunisians are skeptical about the recent success of Ennahda party and were actually surprised that they won the elections. Many concerns were expressed regarding developing the constitution based on Islamic Foundation. A young activist told us “Tunisian people lack political experience… Ennahda party were very oppressed and tortured during the old regime which triggered people’s sympathy, some people voted for them just for that reason!”
“The constituent assembly are not involving citizens in the drafting process, I guess they think that being elected by the people is enough.”
Representative of a local CSO in Tunis
“Women rights which were already adopted by the old regime are a gain and should remain untouched” A women advocate from civil society
“We were striving for women rights advancement since the 60s but nowadays we are concerned that women rights will rollback if the constitution was drafted on Islamic foundation”. A feminist and leader of a reputable women based organization
“Youth can be contributing in positive and negative ways. They are looking for tangible results. Frustration is growing and is triggering another revolution” Director of an International NGO shared her observations.
(2) capacity building in technical areas;
(3) and support in creating constituencies to respond to the needs of communities and to lend legitimacy to organizations when advocating with government agencies or actors.
(1) training and technical assistance to help women’s groups reach out to and communicate with local communities togain constituents for purposes of political advocacy
(2) exposure to international human rights agreements and laws, to help equip leaders with the legal knowledge necessary to effect significant gains.
(1) financial support and training in security sector reform
(2) observe and benefit from an international exchange of expertise