Category Archives: Selected Fellows 2015

Selected Tunisian Fellows Spring 2015

pfp-zgarniMonia Zgarni, Communications Manager, Tunisian Association for Political Studies

After the revolution, many political parties were created. Thus, the problem of conflict between the interests of these parties caused the chaotic political crisis of 2013. This crisis has been solved by a national dialogue that took place. I am currently writing a scientific article …to show how dialogue can resolve conflicts peacefully and protect us from violence.”

“The participation of women in politics is weak. I would like to organize a training session for young girls in elementary school, in my hometown to help girls unlock their leadership potential. I believe that young girls have the right to dream about being president of the republic, a minister or a political party president. My target is to empower these Tunisian girls to be future political or business leaders.”

pfp-haouesNedra Haoues, Commissaire d’Etat (Judge), Tribunal Administratif

“Effective democracy requires informed, active citizens who understand, and can voice their interests. In 10 years, I think that my country will build itself as a young democracy with three independent powers. 1) Rights and freedoms will be protected by the constitution. 2) A constitutional court will be established to oversee the constitutionality of draft laws and treaties, and 3) Tunisia will progress on the path of democracy thanks to its constitution, institutions, civil society, young people and women.”

“I am a member of a commission whose mission is to reform the administrative judiciary system, we work for better access to justice and making people aware of their rights, especially in distant regions. Our aim is to better serve poor and low income citizens and remove barriers that prevent them from claiming their rights.”

pfp-karouiYomna Karoui, Volunteer, Association of Development and Social Reform

 “The poor get poorer, people don’t participate in developing solutions to the problems we are facing…The economy is the most difficult challenge in our country, but how we can improve our economy if people do not feel involved? In Jandouba if you mention “Social entrepreneurship” they will say, “Why would I do something without getting paid?” To change this attitude, we should create activities and encourage people to develop their ideas and take steps to become social entrepreneurs.”

pfp-hadadAkrem Haddad, Project Coordinator, Entrepreneurship & Business Development, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

“I am passionate about the power of entrepreneurship and believe that high-impact entrepreneurs are strong change agents with the greatest potential for impact. They can trigger social and economic change and even scale this change to the world; nevertheless they can better perform in an optimized environment that instills entrepreneurial spirit and allows them to overcome barriers in initiating or growing initiatives. The situation in our country is now perfect to improve this entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

He wants to develop a “Social Innovation Impact Hub”. It is a social innovation lab, business incubator, and social enterprise community center. The Hub is structured as a Learning organization skilled at creating, acquiring and transferring knowledge and innovation to tackle social issues to achieve system-level change through sustainable and innovative scalable solutions, and at modifying its behavior to reflect new knowledge and insights.”

pfp-dhaouadiRim Dhaouadi, Legal Officer, Democracy Reporting International (DRI)

“The constitution-drafting process provides a platform for pure political negotiation to take place, where political choices and decisions come not only from a will to enshrine noble values and safeguards from dictatorship, but also from politics. I have closely observed and worked on this process – the first of its kind in Tunisia – and learned while working with political actors and how to adapt to a tense political atmosphere. This experience provided me with an insight on the emerging political dynamics in Tunisia and the background in which the constitution was drafted.

“While the rest of Arab Spring countries devolved into instability, Tunisia’s transition is still progressing. The road ahead is full of challenges that Tunisians should not lose sight of.”

pfp-kalboussiYassine Kalboussi, Public Health Intern, Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine

“With 70 percent of firms and all the teaching hospitals located in coastal regions in Tunisia, inequalities and regional disparities are deeply entrenched in Tunisian society. As a member of the social dialogue on health policies I am participating in addressing this chronic imbalance. Besides Political leadership and capacity building of the local government institutions, the role of the civil society is fundamental in raising awareness about this chronic imbalance and to advocating for developing an inclusive Tunisia.”

He hopes to develop the  “Tunisian Public Health Next Generation Network” a national network of students, young professionals and researchers which aims to improve knowledge exchange, promote career development in public health and advocate for a better public health training programs in Tunisia.

pfp-salmaniSamiha Salmani, Controller of Finance, Ministry of Finance, VP, Tunisian Association of Public Auditors (ATCP).

“We work to develop the competencies of public auditors well skilled to fight corruption….I hope to develop lobbying skills to convince decision makers to reorganize the governmental audit function and to develop a strategy to fight against FRAUD.”

Rebuilding a democratic state after a long period of dictatorship is a major challenge. In fact, after reading the new constitution, and succeeding to organize the parliamentary election, the whole nation will have as its mission to live in a democratic state based on law, respect of others and vigilance to avoid going backwards. As the first demand of the people in the revolution, reducing the unemployment rate is an immediate challenge. So the government must develop a strategy to enhance employment, for skilled and unskilled people. I think that a strong administration, transparent, and well-governed and in which there is no corruption, is essential to achieve these aims.

She wants to convince the new government to improve the effectiveness of the public audit function, and build cooperation with American and Arab bodies to develop a worldwide think-tank regarding auditing and fighting fraud.

pfp-touzaniZied Touzani , Founder and President, Tun’Act

“In my country half the population is under 30 years old but only 4.5% of them registered in the last election. We thought about a way to change that and it came through the main project of our association: the Tunisian Youth Parliament. An event that gathers youth from all other Tunisia in order, first of all, to learn debate technique and be familiar with compromise, and secondly, to learn the soft skills that are needed to become an effective leader in the next political generation.”

I think that the youth inclusion in the society is the most challenging problem facing Tunisia because it’s a multi-dimensional problem. My vision for Tunisia in 10 years will be that this tiny country become a political, economic and social model for all the Arab region. We don’t have natural resources but we have educated people and if until now the democratic process didn’t stop its thanks to that asset.”

pfp-amriHatem Amri, Treasurer, Tun’Act

 “Many people think that the big issue is purely political and by finding a common ground of understanding between the different parts of the political spectrum we can assure a smooth transition. Personally, I deeply believe that the real challenge is economic and social one! The high rate of poverty and unemployment is a handicap to all our efforts and dream. The cure can’t be only bureaucratic or political: it has to be a concept made by the people and for the people.”

“I really believe that in less than 10 years Tunisia will succeed to be the light house guiding all the other countries seeking for liberty and democracy… in 2011, we had a major problem of waste management and garbage disposal,  so I know that I can find the technical ways to make this waste a useful material to create wealth and promote industries with high tech means of production and with the essential participation of citizens to do the collecting work and to feel responsible of the success of the project.

 

Selected Moroccan Fellows Spring 2015

pfp-hanine Sanae Hanine, Marketing Manager, Mohammed VI Foundation for the Promotion of Social Works in Education Training

Morocco is ranked among the least developed countries in the field of education. Teachers can be a focal point for the resolution of social problems. ..My vision is about helping teachers in Morocco to be more open-minded by giving them access to exchange of ideas, experiences, and developing skills in English language.”

pfp-kabbouriAchraf Kabbouri, Teacher/Trainer and President, Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies

Morocco face many challenges, most of them are related to youths, most notably: Extremist religious movements coming from outside the country, Sub-Saharan Illegal immigration, Education.”

His vision is to develop “The Youths Empowerment Caravan” addressing groups of youths that social discrimination processes have excluded from having a range of activities, empowering  them  to gain the knowledge, skill-sets and attitude needed to cope with the changing world and circumstances in which they live.”

pfp-aladouniMoulay Hassan Aladlouni, Project Manager, Amal Women’s Training Center

He supervises the team training program for women, while managing the restaurant that trainees work in to sell prepared meals. He hopes to be able to “help women in difficult social and economical situations, to improve their living conditions and to feel good about their life.”

My country suffers from two major issues: 1- drugs and 2- high level of divorce… I think Morocco should concentrate on improvements in three areas: 1) education, 2) health and 3) justice. In fact, by improving all three areas, Morocco can reach its other goals with ease. But if the three sectors continue to lag behind international norms, then all efforts to improve the country will not be sustainable.”

pfp-zegzoutiYassine Zegzouti, Founding President, Director Association Mawarid for Environment and Energy

The Kingdom of Morocco is over 90% dependent on energy imports, so a major challenge is to develop indigenous resources. Furthermore, Morocco faces a strong increase in water needs and water resources quality degradation due to the negative impacts of human activities, and Morocco need a strong infrastructures to face the natural disasters due to the climate change”.

He would like to establish a Center for recycling and treatment of household waste and other kind of waste. This involves economical, environmental and social objectives in a formal structure of waste management, renewable energy, water resource management and green economies.

pfp-aitmoutSara Ait Mouh, Active member, Life Makers Of Morocco Association

Poverty and illiteracy is one of the main obstacles to development in any country,  Morocco still suffers from large proportions of poverty and school avoidance especially in rural areas, and as one of the solutions to reduce poverty is to help poor families to create jobs and improve their standard of living.”

Her vision is for a country free from illiteracy and poverty.  She hopes that her project: ” Show Me to the Marketplace” becomes an incubator specializing in the studies and coaching for project managers in marginal areas and vulnerable neighborhoods, not only in the Agadir region, but in the whole of Morocco, to strengthen skills and job creation for the benefit of the poor widows and orphans.

pfp-harakatNizar Harakat, Manager and CFO, Global Governance Center

The main challenges  facing our country are mainly illiteracy and corruption.

His vision is to develop an awareness campaign against Corruption targeting Elementary school students. This project will organize awareness classes for elementary schools students using basic and simple tools that can be easily understood by children. Video production and some plays will implicitly contain educative messages against corruption. This project aims to be highly beneficial for elementary school children making them aware about the different negative effects of corruption and showing its dangers on both the citizens and the society.

pfp-azelmadBouchra Azelmad, Insertion and accompaniment Manager, Mohammed VI National Centre for Handicapped

“The situation of the mentally disabled is tricky. Today we must give more importance to the mentally handicap youth. First by trying to civilize them well into the civil society. Second, by giving them the legal right to get into organizations and by coordinating help from their family members for their projects .”

She would like to develop a project that will “integrate permanently and continuously these young people [the mentally disabled youth]. In fact, by adopting this reflective view, we will have to solve a multitude of problems frequented especially by these young people and their families.”

 

pfp-lachehebSafae Lacheheb, Training Coordinator, Center of Community Consensus-Building and Sustainable Development, High Atlas Foundation

I noticed a huge wasted mass of human capital in the University of Mohamedia (14000 students) who constitute an enormous potential for development, and who could make a huge difference in their communities, and who are simply not serving or contributing in any way to the development of their country, nor to their immediate environment, or to their Faculty. The reason behind this is in not the lack of motivation of students, but the total absence of civic engagement education in Morocco.”

She would like to establish a project called “Community Service and Volunteering Program for the Faculty of Mohamedia” which is designed to enable students to actively engage in service learning for the benefit of the community, the University and their personal growth.”

pfp-barbouchiLimame Barbouchi, Administrator, National Initiative for Human Development in the Province of Taourirt

“My experience has shown me that girls with disabilities are still far away from any kind of social inclusion and empowerment. My interventions with my teamwork in this field have proved to me a lack of social and professional skills and competencies … to bring these girls out of their “social cages”, so to speak and persuade them of their personal capabilities as functioning members in their society...They face gender disparities in access to different services, such as education and training, affordable, adequate health services and adequate social protection.”

His vision is to develop a project in which disabled girls will benefit. “In 10 years, I would like to see changes in public services that unfortunately do not exist in my community now, such as : Easier living and mobility for girls with disabilities, Developed Communication, Recreation Spaces,  Integration in society, Employment, Institutional Strategies for the Empowerment and Inclusion of Girls with Disabilities.”