Since February 2017, CLI collaborates with We love Kairouan (WLK), a youth civil society organisation in Kairouan, Tunisia, to strengthen civil engagement, local good governance and decentralisation of the democratic process in Kairouan. WLK supports local identity, culture and environmental awareness in the city and region of Kairouan. In a workshop for key members of the organisation, prepared jointly by WLK and CLI, capacity building and the sharpening of WLK’s mission and strategy for engagement was combined in CLI’s proven approach of integrated capacity building. In a tailored design, the Dialogic Change Model © was complemented by the Collective Leadership Compass © to address both organisational challenges on a strategic level, and develop next steps in the process of engaging more young people.
In fall 2017, a new vision of WLK as a more strategic actor in local good governance took form, and the project for a sustainable development of the Medina in Kairouan “Bab el Medina – Gates of the Medina” project was launched. It aims at setting up a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform with Kairouan’s key stakeholders in governance and development. The We love Kairouan team will facilitate this dialogue process applying the CLI methodologies. The objective is to collectively develop and implement actions to sustainably revitalize the Kairouan old city center, the medina, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
As of May 2018, the We love Kairouan team conducted a Stakeholder Dialogue workshop on concrete goals for the sustainable development project for the Medina. Applying their training in the Dialogic Change Model ©, the team facilitated the collective co-creation of four concrete sustainable actions goals to improve Kairouan’s Medina. Following the workshop, the team participated in a 3-day tailor-made Collective Leadership training Module, together with other key members from We love Kairouan. The group applied core Dimensions of the Compass to deepen their impact-oriented process design to bring Kairouan’s Medina back to life.
Supported by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.