How Tunisia Can Be an Example of Good Governance to the Region—and Beyond

In December 2010, demonstrations broke out in Tunisia demanding the resignation of one of the most repressive regimes in the region, led by President Ben Ali. The demonstrations were triggered by the widespread corruption, lack of freedoms, and poor living conditions in the country.

A year after the revolution, a constituent assembly was elected to draft a new constitution, which was adopted in early 2014. On October 26, 2014, Tunisians voted to elect their first post-transitional parliament, thus embarking the country on an expected period of state building. Many consider Tunisia to be the first democratic country in the Arab region.

For better than a decade, Amira Yahyaoui was active against Ben Ali's regime as a member of the Tunisian anti-censorship and freedom of speech movement. Following the revolution in early 2011, she founded the Tunisian organization Al-Bawsala, a public policy NGO working to promote human rights, good governance, and accountability in Tunisia.

Through its online platform, it monitors the work of the Tunisian parliament and local city halls across the country using new technologies to make information, such as budget analysis and the performance of officials, accessible to citizens. Al Bawsala also advocates for a better way of governing and citizen inclusion through advocacy and technical assistance to members of parliament and government officials.

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Thanks for you work

Thank you for your perseverance, courage, insight, and hard work. May the people continue to flourish as Tunisia moves in new directions of governance.

Keep up the good work. PTM

lets keep the fire burning


We have the same situation in Burkina faso.

Dear, I like ur efforts and thoughts for maintaining the transparency and acountibility in governance and the govt of ur beautiful country.... I also wanted to same in my country India. But I need ur help and support to visualizing the dream come true... Just tell me how n when ? Thanking you!

I visited Al Bawsala in August and was incredibly impressed by the work you are doing. The way you are leveraging technology, access to information, and redefining 'watchdog' to include a more collaborative approach between the state and citizens is inspiring. Al Bawsala is paving the way in decentralizing Tunisia's public services by collecting, organizing and publishing data on the municipal level. Marsad Baladia is an critical resource for citizens and civil society to use in order to monitor local budget, projects, HR, etc. Excellent work!

Wonderful work worth supporting. We'll pray for your safety and success..

Congratulations Ms Amira Yahyaoui for your work and perseverance. You are among the very Tunisian Women channeling hope for the future, with potential jobs for the youth. Congratulations again for being awarded yesterday November 20, 2014 The Jacques Chirac Foundation prize, being greeted by two French Presidents, Mr Jacques Chirac and Mr François Hollande. A special thanks to the Legendary Georges Soros and his team of The Open Society to assist you. Best personal regards Amira, you deserve Respect. Fernand Danan Tounsi Hoor

Tunisia is the only democracy in the Arab/Israeli world. It has an association agreement with the European Union and is a member of La Francophonie, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the Arab Maghreb Union.

Tunisia abides by the agreements of the world's principal international institutions such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. Close relations have been forged between Tunisia and Europe through economic cooperation, privatization and industrial modernization.

Israel, by contrast, is widely recognized as an exceedingly bellicose ethnocracy. It refuses to recognize the authority of United Nations, the International Criminal Court, or comply with international law.

Tunisia is by Karl Popper's historic definition in "The Open Society and It's Enemies” a perfect example of a what he calls a open society. Israel is its obverse. It is a closed society. It is society which classifies and privileges citizens by their ethnicity.

This is very inspiring. Not only to be an example but to SET an example is a tremendous feat. Bravo and I wish you continued success.

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