Peacebuilding in Tunisian border regions: a missing piece of the transition process
Publication date: 
2018
Accord issue: 
Insight 4

 

 

The fifth case study looks at Tunisia’s southern borderlands with Libya. Mariam Abdel Baky examines the legacies of under-development and marginalisation in the Medenine and  Tataouine governorates from the perspective of communities living there. The article analyses the impact of changes in border governance – particularly in light of a developing national anti-terrorism discourse – on the livelihoods of borderland populations, youth aspirations and regional disparities between Tunisia’s coastline and its interior. Based on surveys and a range of peacebuilding interventions conducted by International Alert, an international non-governmental peacebuilding organisation, it reflects on how bottom-up approaches to strengthening governance in borderland areas can empower communities historically excluded from the national sphere.