Citizen’s Dialogue in Tunisia
End February 2014 – Two hundred had applied and a selected 43 participants, mostly women and young people from the north the south and the centre of Tunisia came to Kairouan, which is 170km south of Tunis, known for its carpet weaving and its Makroudh pastry. In the Middle Ages the city had been an important if not the centre of North Africa.
The INGO Dialogue Hub Coordinator had been asked to design the Dialogue Component for Civil Society Leaders as phase 2 of a three-tier project carried out all together over 15 weeks. The actual two days of training reached a genuine depth. Two-thirds through the programme, when people worked in groups, the overall project leader whispered a sentence that has the meaning like this: “… the mayonnaise is about to blend!”
Back in Tunis, the head of an organisation that had contributed to the catering costs of the Kairouan training received three representatives of this event. He expressed genuine interest to continue cooperation and also establish it with the INGO Conference. The Dialogue Hub’s slogan: “From Polarisation to Participation” seemed to ring bells with this man as it did with others.
After the event a Tunisian Board member of the organizers wrote: “…thank you for putting your skill and knowledge for the benefit of the Tunisian civil society… We count on your cooperation … to continue together to make other associations benefit from this Dialogue Toolkit.”