Nobel Peace Prize: Tribute to Tunisia’s civil society

AFD, through its support to NGOs and the multi-actor consultation process, is helping to strengthen Tunisia’s civil society and its dialogue with the public authorities

Dialogue has revived constitutional process

On 9 October 2015, the members of the Nobel jury awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to four Tunisian civil society organizations which, in the autumn of 2013, vigorously stood up for the democratic transition, two and a half years after the 2011 revolution.

In a context of political tensions, the “national dialogue” led and facilitated by the four organizations, which have now received an award (Tunisian General Labor Union - UGTT, Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts - UTICA, Tunisian League for Human Rights - LTDH and National Bar Association of Tunisia - ONAT), has revived the constitutional process. This led to the adoption of a progressive constitution in January 2014 and the holding of legislative and presidential elections in the autumn of 2014.

This award pays tribute – and rightly so – to Tunisia’s entire civil society, and particularly to the efforts made by the leaders and militants of the four winning organizations towards national dialogue, social justice and the defense of human rights. It also expresses a message of hope for countries that aspire to democracy.

How AFD promotes dialogue between civil society and public authorities

It is mainly by financing the Multi-Actor Concerted Program (PCPA Tunisia), which started a year ago and is led by the association Solidarité Laïque. It will enter into its operational phase in January 2016.

It is today made up of some 55 French and Tunisian associations with the aim of building the capacities of Tunisian associations and promoting dialogue and consultation between public institutions and civil society. The steering committee has decided to focus actions on education (formal and informal) and the economic and social integration of young people in the most marginalized regions. The program has a continuous dialogue with the Tunisian authorities and has already signed a partnership protocol with the Tunisian Ministry of Vocational Training.

The program will enter into its operational phase in January 2016.


Working session of PCPA Tunisia between the French and Tunisian members - DR

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