Last night - for the first time in 7 years in an Arab country, besides Qatar - BBC World News hosted ‘The Doha Debates’ in Tunisia!
I was lucky enough to have gotten a seat in the audience, which is the source of the vibrant & heated debate on which this program prides itself. Fighting for Tim Sebastien’s attention, I got to ask a question to the 4 panelists on their assessments on Tunisian civil society, the strides it has taken recently, and the work left to be done in building a democracy out of the ashes of dictatorship.
It was an amazing event, which will be broadcast worldwide this Saturday and Sunday, February 25 & 26. To find a a local station broadcasting the debate near you, please check their website: http://www.thedohadebates.com/
Earlier in the day, I and my friends at SAWTY spent hours planning our Open House on March 5 & 6 in our new office in the Kasbah district of downtown Tunis.
I have also been working diligently on CSID grants, focusing on one to the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), to fund a year-long project on ‘Democracy, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement.’ This proposal will be completed and submitted within the next 1-2 days, and - we hope - funds will be released in the very near future so that training workshops on democratic culture and the role of the citizen can begin in the new CSID-Tunis office!