Since 2011, HI has worked to advance the rights of people with disabilities as the country transitions towards democracy.
Sport and Disability Project in Tunisia | © A. Vincens de Tapol / HI
Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008. However, the needs of people with disabilities are not sufficiently taken into account by policymakers. This provides the starting point for the many projects implemented by HI in the country.
For example, HI’s economic inclusion projects aim to create better employment opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly women and young people, including in emerging and environmentally friendly sectors, based on the mapping of actors, targeting the most promising green sectors, the expansion of local development committees to promote multi-actor dynamics, the revision of territorial development plans, providing support to fund pilot projects, marketing and technical innovation, and so on.
HI also aims to improve the condition of women with disabilities by increasing their involvement in local governance through organisational audits of women's involvement in civil society and disabled people’s organisations, support for the emergence of local women's action groups, awareness-raising campaigns, gender and inclusion training for civil-society representatives and local decision-makers, technical support for local inclusive and gender-sensitive development plans, support funds for local actions, and so on.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
Since the Arab Spring of 2011, Tunisia has been transitioning towards democracy. In 2014, it elected a government and its first multi-party and democratic parliament. The government must now address multiple social and economic challenges in a context of strikes and social movements, internal security threats, the thorny problem of corruption, and high public expectations.
The representation and involvement of people with disabilities remain limited. It is therefore essential to support initiatives that encourage the participation of people with disabilities in society. In consequence, our current actions focus on strengthening the knowledge and capacities of disabled people's organisations.
Number of HI staff members: 20
Date the programme opened: 1992