Tune in Tunisia
Tunisians captured the world’s attention with a remarkable popular uprising combining online and real-world mobilizing. But as their country enters an uncertain period of transition, many Tunisians now recognize that decades of repression have stunted their abilities to mobilize effectively on civic issues. As the future of Tunisia remains unclear, it is vital that all segments of society become stakeholders in the democratic process, both before and beyond Tunisia’s upcoming elections.
AIC has worked closely with Tunisian civil society advocates for the past ﬁve years and – in consultation with them – developed a rapid nine-month program to train a cohort of civil society leaders from across Tunisia. This social entrepreneurship program, Tune in Tunisia, draws on our network of local contacts and our tested Mideast civics curriculum to coordinate a series of workshops strengthening the capacity of emerging leaders to communicate, recruit, and mobilize civil society. This leadership core earns micro-grants for local programs addressing civic concerns with the goal of engaging a national network of 600 grassroots participants.