Aware of the importance of CSOs as a force of change in democratic transition processes, KADEM devotes a large part of its work to civil society, carrying out activities that involve building capacities and weaving partnerships at the national and regional levels. KADEM also develops programs and projects that aim at promoting an enabling civil society environment. KADEM adopts a broad definition of civil society, one that encompasses CSOs, NGOs, media institutions, labor unions, academic/research institutions, democracy/human rights advocates…
Legislation is one of the main tools used by governments to regulate the work of civil society. In this regard, KADEM seeks to enhance the legislative environment in partnership with national, regional and international partners.
These efforts take the form of advocacy to local partners on the state obligations toward civil society, technical support to legislators, and capacity-building to different stakeholders.
One of KADEM’s projects, in this regard, was "Enhancing the Guiding Principles for NGOs, Governments and Partners in the MENA region" in four Arab countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco).
KADEM also supported the reform of Civil Society Law in Tunisia, with the support and expertise of international partners.
During periods of transition, various types of conflict may arise at the social and political levels. Mediation could be a key approach to ease these tensions and facilitate dialogue between the parties in conflict.
KADEM contributes to this effort through providing capacity-building to different stakeholders (government officials as well as civil society) to better play a mediation and/or facilitation role in these conflicts.
As part of its efforts to improve the legislative and enabling environment of civil society, KADEM addresses the issue of public funding to CSOs in Tunisia.
These efforts aim at improving an important component of the relations between government and civil society. Reforming legislations and regulations according to the principles of transparency and accountability can only improve the work of civil society and increase the efficiency of government support to these organizations.
KADEM is involved in a number of national, regional and international dynamics that aim at supporting the work and development of civil society. In this respect, KADEM is member of different networks, coalitions and working groups. KADEM also teams up with partners providing capacity-building and enhancement to civil society.