Officials’ interaction with citizens at the local level and the provision of basic services can shape how citizens see the state and their trust in public officials. It is thus not surprising that Tunisia has debated and passed new laws governing local government in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution. Yet, little is known of the nature of local governance in Tunisia, the capacity and practices of local governments, the variation in the provision of basic services across the country. The project on Governance and Service Delivery in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia sheds light on these questions. The first stage was the implementation of the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in 18 municipalities, including three in each of six governorates. The goal of the project is to extend this assessment to all 24 governorates in Tunisia, and to complement the survey data with studies of municipalities and health facilities in these same municipalities. Taken together, this will provide a comprehensive picture of the success and challenges facing different municipalities, thus helping citizens, government officials and development specialists to pinpoint needs, direct efforts and resources appropriately, and measure progress.
SAFEResearch is a collaborative project aimed at providing practical suggestions for people conducting research in difficult environments. Conducting field research has become an increasingly risky endeavour in recent years, particularly in regions characterized by violent conflict, repressive political regimes, or state failure. Working under such conditions is challenging. Despite these conditions, guidance on how to prepare and conduct safe field research is not readily available. A collaborative effort between researchers, journalists, and NGO workers from around the world, SAFEResearch aims to address these shortcomings with the production and launch of a new handbook providing researchers and others engaged in on-the-ground work in difficult places, with a targeted resource for engaging in safe, ethical research. An author’s workshop, to be held in Greece, and a collaborative workshop are being hosted to facilitate writing. The handbook will be available in late 2018.
Transitional Governance Project
The Transitional Governance Project (TGP) is a portal for gathering and disseminating research and data on governance in transitional societies in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond. It exists to build community, enhance scholars’ understanding of the pressures and processes of governance, and support policymakers engaged in improving development across a range of political contexts. The TGP spans several subject areas—service delivery, representation, electoral and identity politics (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity), transparency, and methodology—and contributes to a range of important research questions in the social sciences.