Since 2011, HI has been developing its actions to improve the rights of people with disabilities in the democratic transition phase.
Sport and Disability Project in Tunisia | © A. Vincens de Tapol / HI
Actions in process
Tunisia ratified the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008. However, the consideration of people with disabilities in public policies remains insufficient. HI leads numerous projects in this direction.
For example, HI's economic integration projects aim to create better employment opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly women and young people. Among the most common sectors of insertion are developing and environmentally friendly sectors (mapping of actors, selection of promising green sectors, enlargement of local development committees, revision of territorial development plans, support for the financing of pilot projects, support for marketing and technical innovation, etc.). HI also carries out activities for better care and inclusion of autistic children by promoting social inclusion, improving early identification, providing adapted intervention and promoting the quality of life of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
HI also aims to improve the conditions of women with disabilities by strengthening their participation in local governance. This includes conducting an organizational audit on women's participation in civil society and organizations for people with disabilities, supporting the emergence of local women's mobilization groups, awareness-raising campaigns, training of civil society representatives and local decision-makers in gender & inclusion, providing technical support for inclusive and gender-sensitive development plans, and supporting funds for local actions.
Situation of the country
Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Tunisia has been on the road to democracy.
The country acquired a government in 2014, following the elections of a first pluralist and democratic parliament. The government faces many challenges: social and economic obstacles, expectations of the population, strikes, social movements, security threats and corruption.
The representation and participation of people with disabilities remains low. It is therefore essential to support initiatives that encourage their participation in society. Today, HI's actions are focused on strengthening the knowledge and capacities of organizations for people with disabilities.
Number of HI staff members: 18
Date the program opened: 1992