From September 2016 to July 2017, Saferworld conducted qualitative research in Tunisia through an extensive literature review, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. Through this, we gathered views and perspectives from people in Tunisia and from civil society organisations that work closely with them. 

In October 2016, December 2016 and March 2017, we conducted 38 interviews in Tunis with prominent Tunisian and international civil society members, western policy actors and Tunisian government officials. During these meetings, we asked how Tunisia is responding to violence and instability, what support the international community is and could be providing in this regard, and what role civil society organisations are or could be playing, including to contribute to addressing the drivers of violence and instability.

In partnership with the Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Centre, we carried out nine focus group discussions and eight key informant interviews in Sidi Bouzid, Medenine and Sidi Hassine, in January and February 2017. We spoke to 114 people in total, including youth, women and men from communities, local authorities and local CSOs, to gather information in each location on: people’s perceptions and experiences of insecurity and instability; people’s perceptions and experiences of the impact of CT/CVE measures; and people’s recommendations for Tunisia’s effective transition to democracy. 

We organised a workshop in March 2017 to share and discuss our initial research findings with a group of civil society representatives. This informed the analysis and recommendations contained in this in-depth.

Header photo: Dennis Jarvis