The NIMD programme in Tunisia focuses on promoting inter-party dialogue and strengthening youth politicians’ capacities.
In cooperation with DEMO Finland, the Bulgarian School of Politics (BSoP) and the local partner CEMI; The NIMD programme in Tunisia aims at establishing an interparty dialogue to discuss democratisation topics like the Electoral system and Political party (finance) legislation, which will follow from drafting the Constitution. Part of the platform are (international) exchange visits and seminars for party cadre and leadership and programmatic capacity trainings. A second focus of the programme is developing a political academy for high potential young people from party youth branches, while at the same time assisting the parties in developing these youth branches. Finally, as input for the preparation of political party election programmes and improving relations with civil society, regular semi-public multiparty debates and seminars between political parties and civil society organisations are held, focusing on future political and electoral issues such as the economy, education and jobs; as well as non-democratisation issues.
• The Islamic party Ennahda gathered 89 seats of the 217-member Assembly;
• The centrist nationalist Congres pour la Republique (CPR) 29 seats; and
• The collective of individual candidates/MP’s assembled in the Al Aridha/list gathered 26 seats;
• Progressive secular parties Ettakatol and Parti Democrate Progressiste (PDP) collected 20 and 16 seats respectively;
• The remaining 37 seats are occupied by six smaller parties and sixteen independent candidates.
• The post-election deliberation led to a broad governing coalition of Ennahda, CPR and Ettakatol. With an accumulated 138 seats, the coalition has managed to push through most of their propositions. Since early 2012 several progressive oppositional parties are preparing a merger to found a new party in April 2012.
• Scoping missions to asses political context;
• Decision to start multi annual programme;
• Assess local and international partners for joint programme.
• Center of Mediterranean and International Studies (CEMI)
• DEMO Finland for Democracy Assistance
• Bulgarian School of Politics
• Royal Embassy of the Netherlands
• Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Council of Europe