Where We Work

Tunisia

Context

After the 2011 Tunisian Revolution, Tunisia experienced a surge in violent extremism. Despite measures taken to restructure its security apparatus and launch several programs designed to prevent violent extremism, terrorist groups continue to operate and to threaten Tunisia’s stability. The risk of terrorist activity in Tunisia remained high in 2019, including the potential for terrorist attacks and the movement of arms and terrorists from neighboring countries.

Tunisia ranked 51 out of 163 countries in the Global Terrorism Index 2019. According to most recent estimates, between 6,000 and 7,000 Tunisians traveled to fight in Syria’s civil war, one of the highest ratios per capita in the world. In addition, the Tunisian government recently said that there are as many as 1,500 Tunisian fighters in Libya. While many of these fighters remain abroad, around 1,000 had returned to their home country by March 2018.
Country Statistics

Country Statistics

STORIES FROM THE GROUND

Abandoning violent extremist ideology in Tunisia

In 2015, a relative encouraged Firas* to join a combatant group in Syria. However, he was arrested by police officers and detained before he was able to leave the country. Since then, Firas has been unemployed. His father is helping him to develop a professional career and stay away from violent extremist ideologies. Firas is pursuing his dream of opening up his own small business, with the support of GCERF.

Pathways to Change

The primary focus of programming in Tunisia is youth aged 15 to 35. This includes girls and women, the unemployed, school drop-outs and students, as well as young people vulnerable to being involved in crime and violence.

GCERF is strengthening resilience to violent extremism by engaging with religious communities and by helping to develop alternative discourses for religious leaders in their speeches.

GCERF also works with universities and research institutions to help detect early signs of recruitment and radicalisation to violent extremism. An area under development is the reintegration of returning foreign terrorist fighters, including working with their families and host communities. GCERF will build on the work of women’s, youth, and religious institutions in small-scale rehabilitation and integration activities.
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185 men and 175 women benefited from activities that develop a sense of belonging to an inclusive community.

94 young men and 83 young women attended two-hour social awareness programmes that teach citizenship rights and allow the airing of taboo subjects such as gender-based violence.

80 young beneficiaries selected to develop micro income-generating projects.

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18 men and 56 women were engaged in activities contributing to community agency, including training for young people to address a key issue of public concern such as violence, the environment or corruption.

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1,083 men and 1,095 women engaged in activities to promote critical thinking skills and a more positive sense of self, including training on the use of social networks to prevent violent extremism and legal definitions of hate speech.

Focus

GCERF’s vision for its investment in Tunisia is to provide grants to strengthen community resilience to violent extremism in border, rural, and deprived peri-urban areas, focusing on:

  • Youth who are especially vulnerable to violent extremism
  • Women whose participation is critical to succeed in preventing and countering violent extremism
  • Religious leaders

In addition, grants will focus on supporting the rehabilitation and integration of violent extremist offenders, and returning foreign fighters and their families, in support of Tunisian law and policy.

Collabration

Following the August 2018 approval by the Board of the GCERF Country Strategy for Investment in Tunisia, the Secretariat has supported the formation of the Tunisia Country Support Mechanism (CSM), which includes representatives of the government, Tunisian civil society, the United Nations, and the G7+, which is a donor coordination mechanism.The CSM is now fully operational. During the first CSM meeting, members agreed on the focus demographic and thematic areas for the launch of the Call for Concept Notes. T his Call was launched in mid-December for an initial investment of USD 1 million. Tunisia is a testing ground for new, innovative, and more agile methods of engagement. The Concept Notes have provided GCERF with a sense of the proposed PVE programming, which was essential to ensure that projects remain focused.Following the August 2018 approval by the Board of the GCERF Country Strategy for Investment in Tunisia, the Secretariat has supported the formation of the Tunisia Country Support Mechanism (CSM), which includes representatives of the government, Tunisian civil society, the United Nations, and the G7+, which is a donor coordination mechanism.The CSM is now fully operational. During the first CSM meeting, members agreed on the focus demographic and thematic areas for the launch of the Call for Concept Notes. T his Call was launched in mid-December for an initial investment of USD 1 million. Tunisia is a testing ground for new, innovative, and more agile methods of engagement. The Concept Notes have provided GCERF with a sense of the proposed PVE programming, which was essential to ensure that projects remain focused.

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