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2019-10-17

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) organized, in cooperation with DIGNITY and UNDP, a workshop on the role of Tunisian municipalities in preventing urban violence and promoting human security.

The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) organized, in cooperation with DIGNITY and UNDP, a workshop on the role of Tunisian municipalities in preventing urban violence and promoting human security.

Tunis, Thursday 17th of October 2019: Over the last few years, Tunisia has made significant steps towards more decentralization. An advanced decentralization law was passed, transferring considerable competencies from the national to the local policy level, with municipal elections held in 2018. This evolution has led to an increased responsibility of municipalities for local concerns, such as those related to safety and security of the community.

 

The main objective of the workshop was to assess and discuss, with concerned stakeholders, the actions that municipalities can undertake in preventing urban violence efficiently and promoting human security sustainably. During a panel debate – composed of experts, policymakers and practitioners – followed by group discussions with the participants, they exchanged views on the role of municipalities in community safety. In particular, participants discussed cooperation between security forces and local administration on one hand and the involvement of civil society in responding to security challenges on the other hand.

 

DCAF is committed to continue providing support to this reflection process, in coordination with its partners.

 

DCAF’s contribution to this workshop is supported through the DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). The Fund is financed by Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland. Further information on DCAF is available on the DCAF website or on the DCAF Tunisia website.