Additional Thoughts by Participants:

November 20, 2018

Arbia Jebali (Tunisia)

“Interest-based negotiations are an important mechanism for a successful institutional transformation. Besides the high technologies and social media used for advocacy and involving people in citizen’s movement through the coordination, collaboration and communication. The good level of women rights and women participation during the candlelight movement and after is a crucial push-factor of success.”

“Movement are not limited by the political deciders change, but a continuous act aims to develop new visions, strategies, policies, plans, programs, tools. . . we need a real institutional and practical reforms.”

“In Tunisia, the citizen movements are social movements, related to the economic crisis we are living, led by young civil society activists who have created different methods of protest like the “Clown Activists” who vulgarize the problems and proposals for alternatives. The main causes are related to the promotion of human rights and implementation of the constitution. Corruption, poverty, women, minorities and individual rights and are the most challenges we confront in our democratic transition. Lobbying and advocacy done through social media and direct discussions through the advocacy campaigns. After 7 years since the revolution, and despite the slowness of the expected change, it is always possible thanks to the people who are aware of their rights and who are able to create it and to the will of the young people who will be the future leaders.”

Mohamed Omran (Egypt)

“Both the South Korean and Egyptian people have struggled to reach democracy. History has proven that there is power in people and their participation in peaceful movements. Even under fallible systems, risks, and threats, we must leverage our collective experiences to manage and plan for our desired outcomes despite the challenges.”

“One of the greatest lessons to remember during a democratic transition is that elections are not democracy but are a basic tool to reach and improve democracy.”

Khine Win (Burma)

“Coordination, collaboration and communication (3Cs) are important in citizens’ movements particularly in this age of rapid progress of information technology and social media. Interest-based negotiations are crucial to successful transformation of institutions. It also sheds light on the fact that the outcomes of citizens’ movements depend a lot of institutional actors and institutional change has not happened with the success of citizens’ movement but it has just started the process of institutional transformation in the institutional arena.”

“Mobilization alone is not sufficient for institutional transformation and we need to take into account of technical, political and organizational aspects of institutional and policy reforms”