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February 15, 2018
Seven years after ousting former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is once again at a critical juncture. The government has made progress stabilizing the economy and addressing corruption but have fallen short on their outcomes. Tunisia has been successful in making a meaningful... Read More
February 06, 2018
It’s been a little over seven years since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the regional capital building in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Like Mohamed Bouazizi, most of the inhabitants of Sidi Bouzid lost hope for a better future long ago. Systematic marginalization... Read More
January 24, 2018
The remote interior regions of Tunisia lack infrastructure. Villages can be far apart, and roads dangerous. Therefore, when thinking of a way to contact voters about upcoming local elections, one must be innovative. Tunisia is transitioning to democratic government following the toppling of its... Read More
November 16, 2017
It’s difficult to illustrate voter and civic education in words. The idea of explaining how the electoral process works and why it is critical likely evokes images of a sixth-grade civics lesson, not a participatory, community-based campaign to engage citizens in the decision-making process. In... Read More
September 21, 2017
Security forces and government leaders in Tunisia are eager to collaborate on peaceful solutions to the drivers that are leading Tunisians to join extremist groups. Approximately 6,000 people have fled Tunisia to fight in Syria and Iraq.... Read More
June 23, 2017
If you say the Tunisian Arabic phrase “Arjaa Ghoudwa,”  youth will give you a knowing look and understand immediately. Although it means “come back tomorrow,” which seems pretty innocuous, there is actually a deeper connotation.   As IRI works with youth around Tunisia through our... Read More
December 22, 2016
Since the 2010-2011 revolution, Tunisia’s government has struggled through multiple changes in leadership as it finds it footing and embarks on a new phase of history.  Over the course of the ongoing transition faith in the government has waned as public expectations, especially among youth,... Read More
November 27, 2016
Ain Draham is small town located high in the Kroumirie mountains only a few kilometers from the Algerian border. The historic summer resort area is a retreat for tourists seeking the healing effects of the hot springs. The town itself is anything but healing for local residents. Poverty,... Read More
November 07, 2016
Hope.  A powerful word that it is often overused.  Politicians say it, faith may evoke it but we optimists absolutely cling to it. But many youth here in Tunisia don’t have it. That is why we are working with youth and the Government of Tunisia to bring some back. I worry and feel that... Read More
October 07, 2016
Young people in the Middle East are partnering with IRI and making a positive difference in their communities.  Using a variety of outreach methods, youth in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are finding ways to ensure that their opinions and ideas are part of the solutions to the many challenges... Read More