Security and urban development are closely interlinked in Tunis. The urbanisation of Grand Tunis has always been marked by informal settlements whose inhabitants decry the state’s inability to provide affordable and suitable housing in increasingly crowded neighbourhoods (so-called “popular” neighbourhoods), which have become centres of petty and drug-related crime. The lack of basic infrastructure such as streetlights and public transport and the weakening of mechanisms of social control among neighbours heighten residents’ sense of insecurity in these areas.
The current structure of local governance has prevented the state from adequately responding to these challenges, as processes of decentralisation and security sector reform have not progressed sufficiently. Local government representatives, such as the delegate, lack necessary resources to fulfil their obligations, their position has been politicised as political parties attempt to champion their preferred candidate, and people lack trust in the delegate who they associate with the surveillance apparatus of the old regime. This case study in French forms part of the Plural Security Series by Plural Security Insights.
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