Summer academy in Tunis




On the 26 and 27 of June 2012, Raphaël Pouyé - ECES Senior Elections Advisor, joined the fourth edition of the Summer Academy of EIUC’s Regional Progamme on Good Governance in the Maghreb, held at the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of the University of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia. Raphaël Pouyé led an interactive session on “the Challenges and Responsibilities of Civil Society Organisations in Fostering Government Responsibility in the Maghreb”,  as well as group work and group presentations on this topic. This Summer Academy - the first three editions of which were held in 2008 in Marrakech (Morocco) and in 2010 and 2011 at the EIUC’s Monastery of San Nicolò, Lido di Venezia (Italy) - is one of the most important programmes of the series of initiatives developed by GIZ and EIUC.


Designed before the development of the Arab Spring, the Summer Academy had approached the claims of good governance made by the youth in the Maghreb countries. The issue of democratic transition has taken a new urgency with the Tunisian Revolution in January 2011. In this context, the societies of the Maghreb have undergone various forms of transition and are ever more concerned with addressing various aspects of good governance in practice.


On its fourth edition, it aimed to focus on discussing the importance of the various mechanisms of demanding and strengthening government responsibility and the difficulties faced in their practical implementation in the current context of the Maghreb. Work was divided into three main areas:

  1. Internal accountability mechanisms (largely institutional control);
  2. External mechanisms (control exerted by citizens based on transparency and freedom of expression); and
  3. Implementation where accountability mechanisms are particularly problematic, such as social justice or the fight against corruption.


To that end, the 28 participants were required to: analyse examples and tangible experiences of governance in North Africa in a context of transition; to put in comparative perspective the governance practices of the transition in key public institutions in the Maghreb; and think about ways to promote good governance in the Maghreb.

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence formed by 41 universities from all the member states of the European Union. It was founded in 2002 on a commitment to adhere to the values promoted by the EU, promote high-level inter-disciplinary human rights education, research, training and culture, and a shared global understanding of human rights and democracy. EIUC is located in Venice, Italy. The primary objective of the EIUC is to foster a community of scholars, researchers and professionals to promote democracy and the implementation of human rights worldwide. The EIUC advances innovative programmes and projects that contribute to policy formation in Europe and assistance to neighbouring countries, democracy and good governance, the promotion of the rule of law, and overseas development cooperation.


The EIUC has close relations with the European Union. It is financed by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). It also serves as a think-tank by organising «Diplomatic Conferences» on current political issues on human rights and democratisation by gathering academics, experts, officials of the European External Action Service and members of the European Commission. The EIUC is further enriched by the input it recieves from its Advisory Board, consisting of representatives from major intergovernmental, non-governmental, regional and local strategic partners. The EIUC benefits from the important support of the City of Venice and contributes actively to its will of becoming the European Capital of Human Rights and Democracy.