IRI has been working with civic and political leaders in Tunisia since the 2011 Revolution, which ended decades of single-party rule in the country. IRI supports Tunisian civil society organizations (CSOs) to encourage the meaningful participation in the political process, strengthen political parties, and conduct impactful public opinion research.

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IRI promotes democracy in Tunisia by encouraging the meaningful participation of citizens in the political process, building the capacity of CSOs to advocate on behalf of Tunisians, strengthening political parties to make them more self-sufficient and responsive to citizen demands, and conducting impactful public opinion research on issues of citizen concerns and political trends.

Through long-standing political party programs, IRI provides a broad range of Tunisian political parties and nascent movements with the tools, know-how, and structures to become more representative of, responsive to, and trusted by citizens. Since 2011, IRI has trained thousands of party members and leaders through ongoing tailored technical assistance, skills-building training, and consultations.

To bolster civic participation, IRI supports innovative Tunisian-led civil society and media initiatives that provide impactful civic education as well as issue-advocacy campaigns that help lay a foundation for informed and inclusive public engagement. IRI has an extensive network of nearly 100 CSOs operating across all 24 governorates. IRI provides individualized assistance on assessed needs such as organizational structure, project and financial management, marketing, outreach, and business development.   

Underpinning IRI’s programming in Tunisia is extensive qualitative and quantitative public opinion research – national surveys and focus group discussions – that track important social, economic, and political trends and perceptions. Since March 2011, IRI has conducted 28 nationwide public opinion polls and thousands of interviews investigating Tunisians’ perceptions of government performance, policy, politics, elections, the economy, and other topical issues such as corruption, COVID-19, extremism, and many others. IRI’s polls provide Tunisian political leaders and decision makers with valuable and trustworthy information on public attitudes and priorities.  

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