A network approach to capacity building in Tunisia

A network approach to capacity building in Tunisia

“Seize the opportunity that you have created for your country,” was how Mondli Makhanya, one of the board members of the World Justice Project, summed up the opening session of the World Justice Project National Workshop in Tunis on 28 May 2012. The recent WJP Rule of Law Index Country Report on Tunisia shows that the country has a good basis for further strengthening the rule of law. But it will need to fight the most urgent problems (unemployment, crime, corruption) fast.

As part of Justice Strategy Advice, HiiL cooperates with partner organisations such as the WJP and the Arab Centre for the Development of Rule of Law and Integrity (ACRLI) to enable strategic decision makers in the Tunisian justice sector to develop improved strategies. On 2 April 2012 HiiL organised a dialogue together with ACRLI between staff members of the Ministry of Justice of Tunisia, particularly those working at the Centre for Legal and Judicial Studies. During this Justice Strategy Exploration key justice challenges the Ministry of Justice is facing were identified and ways in which these challenges can be translated into strategies were explored.

The complex transition period in which Tunisia now finds itself and the developments in the global legal environment form the background for these interventions. To that effect HiiL will soon publish its next Quick Scan, this time covering the state of rule of law in Tunisia. During the WJP Workshop Ashraf Ghani’s advice (also a board member of the WJP) to the Tunisians was to avoid the huge programmes of the large international donors and to better adopt a “network approach to capacity building” by working with research institutes such as the WJP, HiiL and ACRLI. A recommendation that we will not argue with.