March 15, 2012

Tunisia: From Revolutions to Institutions

Reboot is proud to announce the release of “Tunisia: From Revolutions to Institutions”. Commissioned by infoDev, a global technology and innovation program in the World Bank Group, and generously supported by UKaid as part of a series analyzing the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in post-conflict contexts, this report presents a unique on-the-ground perspective of life in post-revolutionary Tunisia, illuminating how technology is being used to enable better governance, stimulate economic development, and support social cohesion.

Tunisians today are wrestling with how to wield the power of their increased connectivity to build a society that is more responsive to the needs of citizens and more capable of addressing the economic, political, and technological complexities of the modern world. The opportunities and setbacks faced by the new government as it seeks to provide the health care, economic development, justice processes, and other services demanded by its people will tell us much about the future of governance in a world that grows more complex every day.

The desire to understand the path Tunisians face, and the role ICTs play in their past and future, led infoDev to commission this research. At Reboot, we were eager to explore the repercussions of these recent, rapid changes to the structures, systems, and frameworks of governance. Released shortly after the first anniversary of the Arab Spring, “Tunisia: From Revolutions to Institutions” is the end product of months of interviews with citizens in Tunisia and offers an analysis of the people, organizations, and technological forces that are driving post-revolutionary Tunisia.

Although the world’s increasing complexity can be challenging to manage, we believe that it empowers citizens in a way that has the potential to lead to a more just, equitable, and inclusive global society. We are excited to share evidence of this with policymakers, while identifying opportunities for sound investments to further encourage social progress.

We hope the findings in “Tunisia: From Revolutions to Institutions” do justice to the experiences and perspectives that so many Tunisians were willing to share with our team. We are grateful for their willingness to let a group of outsiders into the transformative period that is undoubtedly their own, but equally important for the world.

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