As part of national and international counter-terrorism efforts, Tunisia’s highly marginalised border regions have been the focus of the Tunisian state and international partners in attempts to strengthen security in the country and the region. However, the experience of people living in these areas shows that restrictions on border trade as a result of these security efforts combined with a lack of local development investment are the main sources of insecurity for local people.
For the past three years, using a bottom-up, peacebuilding approach, International Alert has been conducting research to understand the perceptions of local communities towards border security and border governance, and working with people living on the Algerian and Libyan borders to design and implement projects that strengthen community engagement in border governance.
In this EPLO Brown Bag Lunch discussion, Mariam Abdel Baky, International Alert’s Senior Programme Officer in Tunisia, will share findings and analysis from this research on border security issues in Tunisia from the perspective of the border’s inhabitants. She will also speak about approaches used to strengthen community involvement in border governance and what can the EU do to support the development and the human security of people living in these regions.
Ms Abdel Baky’s presentation will be followed by a discussion, in which participants are invited to share their own experiences of navigating the topics of border governance, community security and security sector reform.
Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.
Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.