On October 9, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, an alliance of Tunisian workers, employers, lawyers and activists, for establishing a broad-based national dialogue that countered the spread of violence in Tunisia. The Quartet, founded in 2013, is made up of four organizations: the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; the Tunisian Order of Lawyers; and the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) – a GPSA Grantee – and who played a critical role in the collective dialogue leading up to the new "social contract" in the country after the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
UGTT Deputy Secretary General Anouar Ben Kaddour stated, “This historic event happened in the best of times to stress the significance of dialogue in solving all forms of conflict and differences, to provide a new impetus to the success of the democratic transition process and to secure a united front against terrorism and against all claims of discrimination and division… This historic award is considered, without a doubt, as evidence of Tunisia being the exception, and as a gift to a people who believe in dialogue.” He also declared his appreciation to all partners, including the World Bank, for supporting their nomination. In an official statement, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said that this award “embodied the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize through their tireless efforts to promote a more inclusive society and advance the full potential of all Tunisians.”
In 2012, UGTT received the AFL-CIO’s 2012 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award along with the labor federation of Bahrain, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, for their mobilization of thousands of people in their countries to carry forward a message of social justice during the popular uprisings that swept the Middle East in 2010 and 2011.
The GPSA is supporting UGTT to monitor health and education services, and infrastructure investments in a sample of hospitals, health clinics, and schools. In addition, UGTT will set up a web-based platform to systematize, share and channel the feedback generated to decision-makers and will create a national network for social accountability to strengthen citizen engagement around critical reforms and to promote government responsiveness. Read more about the project>>>