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Youth, Politics and the Media: Legitimacy Issues in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Since Tunisia's revolution in 2011, youth have represented a fundamental challenge for the country's political stability.

For public authorities in the transition period, young Tunisians personify the interweaving of three strong trends: the demographic changes of the past few decades (younger population, rural-urban migration), their economic consequences (high unemployment and underemployment rates among young graduates), and activism in "the streets," especially by these youth during the revolution.

However, there is still much to understand about the critical factors related to youth's participation in politics: how do factors such as political activism, use of technologies or understanding of common good ultimately shape their involvement?

This project deals with the antagonistic interactions between the media, youth, and the legitimacies related to the participation of youth (girls and boys) in Tunisia's sociopolitical transition process. It will also provide support to Tunisia's diverse community of social researchers around emerging issues on youth's public participation and share that research with decision-makers on youth policy.

Coordinated by the Observatoire National de la Jeunesse (ONJ), the project seeks to answer a key question in present-day Tunisia: What is the media's role in the legitimacy negotiation process started by youth as stakeholders involved in Tunisia's transition to democracy? To what extent do the media participate in the legitimacy and social recognition of political participation by youth in this preliminary phase? Finally, what can be done from a public policy perspective to facilitate political participation by youth and development of the media field that contributes to giving legitimacy to Tunisian political life during the transition?

Two studies and four action research activities will be carried out to understand the social reality in Tunisia. Researchers will propose concrete dissemination activities to share results with decision-makers and civil society stakeholders. Training for junior researchers, publications, and seminars are also planned to further disseminate the findings and inform decision-makers.

Start Date03/03/2014
Duration36 month(s)
Area Under Study[Middle East and North Africa][Africa][North Africa][Tunisia][Sub-Saharan Africa][Asia][South East Asia][West Africa][Cote d'Ivoire][Liberia][Nigeria][Sierra Leone][N/A][South Sudan][Southern Africa][South Africa][Latin America and the Caribbean][Americas][Latin America][Central Africa][Cameroon][Ghana][East Africa][Uganda][South America][Argentina][Brazil][Paraguay][Other][Global][Africa South of Sahara][Caribbean][East Asia][China][Egypt][Libyan Arab Jamahiriya][Middle East][Syrian Arab Republic][Yemen][Cambodia][Lao People's Democratic Republic][South Asia][India][Nepal][Pakistan][Ecuador][Central America][Guatemala][Haïti][Mozambique][Botswana][North America][Canada]
Responsible OfficerCeballos, Florencio
Total Funding$649,200.00

Observatoire National de la Jeunesse
Institution Websitewww.onj.nat.tn
Component NameONJ
Researcher NameSihem Najar
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

University of Oxford
Institution AddressInternational Development Centre 21 St. Giles Oxford, England United Kingdom OX1 3LA
Institution Websitewww.ox.ac.uk
Researcher NameDr. Mark Graham
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

African Security Sector Network
Institution Websitewww.africansecuritynetwork.org
Researcher NameProfessor Eboe Hutchful
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Universidad de la República
Institution Address Avenida 18 de Julio 1968 Montevideo Uruguay
Institution Websitewww.rau.edu.uy/universidad
Researcher NameGabriel Burdin
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

University of Buea
Researcher NameProf. Lotsmart Fonjong
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

University of Ghana
Institution AddressDepartment of Nutrition and Food Science P.O. Box 134 Legon, Accra Ghana
Institution Websitewww.ug.edu.gh
Component NameUniversity of Ghana
Researcher NameDr Akosua Keseboa Darkwah
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Centre for Basic Research
Institution Address Plot 15 Baskerville Avenue, Kololo Kampala Uganda
Component NameCentre for Basic Research (CBR)
Researcher NameDr Josephine Ahikire
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Institute of Resource Assessment
Institution AddressUniversity of Dar es Salaam P.O. Box 35097 Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Component NameIRA
Researcher NameProf. Amos Majule
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Argentina. Ministerio de Salud y Ambiente
Institution Address Av. 9 de Julio 1925 1073 Buenos Aires República Argentina
Institution Websitewww.msal.gov.ar
Researcher NameSalomon, Oscar Daniel Dr.
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Universidade Federal do Parana
Component NameUFPR
Researcher NameThomaz Soccol, Vanete
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Universidad Nacional del Este
Institution Address Campus Km. 8 Acaray, Calle Universidad Nacional del Est Barrio San Juan, Ciudad del Este PY
Institution Websitewww.une.edu.py
Component NameUNE-FUNSAMED
Researcher NameGomez, Nilsa
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Université du Québec à Trois - Rivières
Component NameUQTR
Researcher NameEtienne St-Jean
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

International Development Research Centre
Institution Address 250 Albert Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1P 6M1
Institution Websitewww.idrc.ca
Component NameConsultancy - Policy Influence

Massey University
Institution Address Private Bag 11 222 Palmerson North NZ
Institution Websitewww.massey.ac.nz
Component NameMassey University
Researcher NameSally Casswell
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

University of Cape Town
Institution Address Private Bag Rondebosch 7701 Cape Town South Africa
Institution Websitewww.uct.ac.za
Component NameUniversity of Cape Town
Researcher NameJoanne Corrigall
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

International Development Research Centre
Institution Address 250 Albert Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1P 6M1
Institution Websitewww.idrc.ca
Component NameCAP

General Secretariat of the Organization of American States
Institution Address 17th Street & Constitution Avenue N.W. Washington D.C. United States 20006
Institution Websitewww.oas.org
Component NameOAS/IISD
Researcher NameHelena Fonseca
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ CO-LEADER
Researcher NameMike Mora
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Peking University
Institution Websitehttp://en.pku.edu.cn
Researcher NameDr. Yaohui Zhao
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

The University of Winnipeg
Institution Address 515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba CA
Institution Websitewww.uwinnipeg.ca
Component NameUniversity of Winnipeg
Researcher NameXiao-yuan Dong
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions
Institution AddressHouse No. 227 African Avenue, Bole, Kirkos subcity, Kebele 01 Addis Ababa ET
Institution Websitewww.aemfi-ethiopia.org
Component NameAEMFI
Researcher NameDr. Tassew Woldehanna
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

International Development Research Centre
Institution Address 250 Albert Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1P 6M1
Institution Websitewww.idrc.ca
Component NameConsultant - communications expert

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Institution Address 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC USA - 20036
Institution Websitehttp://carnegieendowment.org
Component NameCarnegie Endowment for International Peace
Researcher NameYezid Sayigh
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Kunming University of Science and Technology
Institution Address68# WenChang Road 121 Street Kunming, Tunnan Province CN
Institution Websitehttp://english.kmust.edu.cn
Researcher NameBin Xiong (Dr.)
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

World Health Organization
Institution Address Avenue Appia 20 1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland
Institution Websitewww.who.int
Researcher NameDr. Sameen Siddiqi
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Institution Address 725 Parkdale Avenue Ottawa, ON Canada K1Y 4E9
Institution Websitewww.ohri.ca
Researcher NameJeremy Grimshaw
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Institute of Development Studies [GB]
Institution AddressUniversity of Sussex Falmer Road Brighton East Sussex United Kingdom, BN1 9RE
Institution Websitewww.ids.ac.uk/ids
Researcher NameProf. Melissa Leach
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Centre for Internet and Society
Institution Address#194, 2nd 'C' Cross Donlur 2nd Stage Bangalore, Karnataka IN
Researcher NameSunil Abraham
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Institution Address 60/10 Bangprom SOI 3 Thaweewatana, Bankok Thailand
Institution Websitewww.tobaccofreeasia.net
Researcher NameBungon Ritthiphakdee
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

University of Cape Town
Institution Address Private Bag Rondebosch 7701 Cape Town South Africa
Institution Websitewww.uct.ac.za
Researcher NameMorne Oosthuizen
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Arab Forum for Alternatives for Studies, Ltd.
Institution Websitewww.afaegypt.org
Researcher NameMohamed El Agati
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Panos South Asia
Institution Address'Kadambari' House, Sri Durbar Tole Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur Kathmandu Nepal
Researcher NameMitu Verma
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya
Institution Address Piribebuy 1058 entre Colon y Hernandarias Asuncion Paraguay
Institution Websitewww.cadep.org.py
Researcher NameFernando Masi
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Institution Address Lilla Frescativägen 4A SE-114 18 Stockholm SE
Institution Websitewww.kva.se
Researcher NameArt deZeeuw
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ CO-LEADER
Researcher NameJeffrey Vincent
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

North Africa Bureau of Economic Studies International
Institution AddressImmeuble Mazars rue de Lac Ghar El Melh les Berges du Lac TN
Researcher NameMustapha K. Nabli
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Institution Websitewww.umontreal.ca/
Researcher NameSlim Haddad
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Lebanese Center for Policy Studies L.C.P.S.
Institution Address Charles Degaulle Sin el-Fil, Beirut Lebanon
Institution Websitelcps-lebanon.org
Researcher NameSami Atallah
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

International Development Research Centre
Institution Address 250 Albert Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1P 6M1
Institution Websitewww.idrc.ca

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental
Institution Address Prolongacion Arenales 437 San Isidro Lima 27 Peru
Institution Websitewww.spda.org.pe
Researcher NameManuel Ruiz
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Corporación Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental
Institution Address Av. Eloy Alfaro 1770 y Rusia Quito, Pichincha Ecuador
Institution Websitewww.ceda.org.ec
Researcher NameDaniel Barragán
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

University of British Columbia
Institution AddressUniversity-Industry Liaison Office #103-6190 Agronomy Road Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, V6T 1Z3
Researcher NameKishor M. Wasan
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Fundação Getúlio Vargas
Institution Address Praia do Botafogo No. 190, 13o. andar Rio de Janeiro Brazil, CEP 22250-900
Researcher NameMario Gomes Schapiro
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

The Governing Council acting on behalf of the University of Toronto
Institution AddressSimcoe Hall 27 King's College Circle Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 1A1
Institution Websitewww.utoronto.ca
Component NameUofToronto
Researcher NameMariana Mota Prado
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Global Development Network
Institution AddressSuite 1112 2600 Virginia Avenue NW Washington, DC USA, 20037
Institution Websitewww.gdnet.org
Component NameGDN
Researcher NameRamona Angelescu Naqvi
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Groupe de réflexion et d'action pour une Haiti nouvelle-GRAHN-Monde
Institution Address 1683 boul. Lucerne Laval, QC CA
Institution Websitewww.haiti-grahn.net
Researcher NameSamuel Pierre
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU)
Institution Address Plot 6A Sanderland Avenue Mbuya, Kampala UG
Institution Websitewww.land-in-uganda.org
Researcher NameJudy Adoko
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Namati, Inc.
Institution Websitewww.namati.org
Component NameNAMATI
Researcher NameRachael Knight
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

CIET TRUST (BOTSWANA)
Institution AddressPlot 2488, Tshekedi Crescent Extension 9 Gaborone Botswana
Institution WebsiteWWW.CIET.ORG
Component NameCIET
Researcher NameProf Neil Andersson
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

African Population and Health Research Centre
Institution Websitewww.aphrc.org
Researcher NameIzugbara Chimaraoke
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Shirkat Gah - Women Resource Centre
Institution Websitewww.sgah.org.pk
Researcher NameMs.Farida Shaheed
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER

Canadian Council for International Co-Operation
Institution AddressSuite 300 1 Nicholas Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1N7B7
Researcher NameFraser Reilly-King
Researcher RoleCP-PROJ LEADER
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