Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution-Building and the Development of Marginalized Regions

Perspectives from the Region and Europe

20/12/2018 | by Dina Fakoussa, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

Although Tunisia has made great strides over the past seven years, its democratization process remains fragile. Disillusionment with and distrust in the government, particularly high among the young, also manifest themselves in low voter turnout. To a great extent, this disillusionment stems from the various, persistent socio-economic problems which had led to the uprisings and the ouster of the former autocratic regime in 2011.


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Socio-Economic Development and Violent Extremism in Morocco
Morocco’s Regional Policy, Migration, and (De-)Radicalization - Perspectives from the Region and Europe (Workshop I)
08/12/2018 - 11/12/2018 | 09:00 - 17:00 Morocco
The past years have seen a reorientation of Morocco’s regional foreign policy and an acceleration of Morocco’s economic integration with Sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, socio-economic challenges at home persist and have reinforced domestic economic and political grievances, which have also acted as key drivers of radicalization. Consequently, some have criticized the increasing investments in countries south of the Sahara and called for greater domestic engagement to improve the country’s situation.
Category: Morocco
Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy: Decentralization, Institution-Building, and the Development of Marginalized Regions
Perspectives from the Region and Europe (Workshop II)
04/10/2018 - 06/10/2018 | 10:00 - 18:00 Tunisia, Democratization/System Change
The workshop in Tunis was the second in a workshop series devoted to analyzing issues related to the development of marginalized regions, decentralization and institution-building in Tunisia. It brought together mid-level experts who work in the field of policy analysis and advice in think tanks, academic research institutions, or comparable organizations, and who had previously attended a workshop in Berlin in August 2018 to discuss with decision-makers the options for action.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Tunisia
Tunisia’s Arduous Way to Democracy: Strengthening the Civil Society
From 16 to 18 August, representatives of European and Tunisian non-governmental organizations gathered at DGAP for a knowledge exchange
16/08/2018 - 18/08/2018 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Tunisia, Democratization/System Change
Tunisia’s Arduous Way to Democracy: Strengthening the Civil Society
Tunisia enjoys a unique status as the only Arab country with a parliamentary democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While this makes the country a beacon of hope, there are numerous challenges in the transformation process, as the 16 Tunisian and European participants of the workshop highlighted.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Tunisia
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