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  • RURAL DEVELOPMENT
  • GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
  • ENERGY (SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE)
  • ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT

Tunisia

GIZ local staff

National employees: 303
International employees: 90
Integrated experts: 2

(as at: 31.12.2019)  

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has worked in Tunisia since 1970.

Tunisia has been a country in transition since the Arab Spring of 2011 and faces considerable social and economic challenges. There is a lack of economic dynamism and the official unemployment rate stands at 15 per cent. Important structural reforms have yet to materialise. Regional disparities between the relatively prosperous coastal areas and the country’s interior compromise social cohesion. In addition, climate change – especially due to water scarcity – threatens the livelihoods of many.

GIZ is active in Tunisia on behalf of the German Government and the European Union (EU), among others. It works with local partners on more than 50 projects and supports the country in its economic policy and democratic development, with a focus on Tunisia’s rural regions.

The priority areas of German development cooperation in Tunisia are:

  • Sustainable economic development and employment promotion
  • Regional development, local governance and democracy
  • Water and the protection of natural resources

In order to improve the regions’ economic performance and attract greater investment to the country, support is provided to the state, established companies and start-ups – for example, in the digital economy. This creates earning and employment opportunities.

Another focal point of work is decentralisation. GIZ advises its Tunisian partners in the development of disadvantaged inland regions and supports the establishment of regional structures.

GIZ also promotes the sustainable regional use of water resources. Together with public, private and civil society organisations, solutions are developed for agricultural practices and rural development that conserve resources.

Other projects focus on the key areas of energy and climate as well as migration. GIZ also coordinates country-specific activities in Tunisia on digitalisation, sustainability and gender.

Established in 2017, the reform partnership with Tunisia represents a bilateral contribution to the G20 Compact with Africa Initiative. Jointly defined fields of action include the financial sector and modernisation of public administration. By improving conditions for private investment, employment effects will be achieved that enhance the economic prospects of the population in the long term. 

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Projects and Programmes

Economic development and employment

energy (sustainable infrastructure)

Environment and Climate change

Governance and democracy

Rural Development

Security, reconstruction, peace

Project evaluations

BMZ-Fallstudie zur Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung

News

Using artificial intelligence to fight coronavirus: Tunisia responds to the pandemic

Our References

More jobs. Better jobs.

GIZ-Magazin akzente

Organic pioneers with new knowledge

akzente-Interview

Kadidja Dembele (GIZ) introduces herself

akzente-Interview

Abdelkader Sassi on recycling in Tunisia

Faces and Stories

Hachem Chaabane, construction engineer from Tunisia

Hachem Chaabane is one of 100 selected Tunisian experts looking for opportunities on the German labour market.

Faces and Stories

Tunisia: Haythem Abidi, blogger

In order to give a voice to those in Tunisia’s remote regions, Haythem Abidi has made it his mission to coach members of Tunisia’s young blogging community.

Our References

When everyone’s a winner – international nurses for Germany

Our References

Stay or leave? How the right advice is helping people build a future for themselves

Displacement and Migration

Creating prospects