USAID’s DEMT Mobilizes Rural Women for Tunisia’s Municipal Elections

Women in Tunisia, particularly rural women, face a number of challenges to civic and political participation. According to the National Institute of Statistics, 65 percent of Tunisian women living in rural areas drop out of school at an early age, contributing to an illiteracy rate of over 30 percent within this population. Illiteracy, along with …

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USAID Supports Tunisian Fashion Industry Through Digital Marketing

Abaya – a robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women – is typically imported by Tunisia from the Middle East. While researching online, Sabrine Hammami realized that she could match the price of these suppliers but offer better quality and customized designs. Through paid advertising on social media, Sabrine was already raising awareness of her …

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USAID Promotes Environment Friendly Businesses: Cement Tiles Success Story

Mariem Ben Abid founded Suddart in 2016. Her company produces environmentally friendly cement tiles for home decoration. Tiles are handmade, one at a time and filled with mineral color pigments and intricate patterns. They are produced in an environmentally friendly process, emphasizing recycling and low waste. This 100% women-operated company strives to develop a sense …

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Mareth Municipal Council Integrates Disability Inclusion in Service Delivery

The municipal council of Mareth is the first newly elected council to receive training on the inclusion of people with disabilities in local affairs, and the mainstreaming of disability access in municipal projects. With the support of TADAEEM’s grants program, the “Association Culture Alternative,” in partnership with Mareth Municipality, works on facilitating the involvement of …

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TADAEEM Hosts Mayors and Municipal Representatives to Share Lessons Learned and Ideas for Improvement

April 23, 2019 Working with 33 municipalities nationwide, the Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) project has prioritized services in 31 municipalities and implemented data collection in approximately half. Most partner municipalities chose to focus on solid waste management, public lighting or roads.   TADAEEM held its first regional workshops in Mahdia on April …

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Job Fair for the Northwest

Hope in the forecast: Connecting Youth to Job Opportunities! USAID Tunisia JOBS and the University of Jendouba 4C (Center for Career Development and Certification) organized a Job Fair for the Northwest on April 4th in Jendouba. Economic activity in Jendouba is geographically spread out. Job seekers have a difficult time finding opportunities that are available, …

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El Mansoura Celebrates the Transformation of Informal Dumpsite to Local Park

Kebili residents of different ages, genders, and backgrounds celebrated the inauguration of El Mansoura park on March 10. Until recently, the park was an informal dumpsite but was transformed into a public green space by a group of volunteers from Kebili Municipality, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and regular citizens. Now children and families have a …

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USAID’s Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) Supports the Ministry of Finance capacity to use data for analysis of proposed fiscal reforms

FIRST trains the General Direction for Resources and Equilibrium (DGRE) in using the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. FIRST project is supporting the Tunisian Ministry of Finance (MoF) in enhancing its capacity to develop and deliver tax policy and other fiscal reforms. As such, the project has been training the MoF’s DGRE staff in using …

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USAID Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) Supports the Ministry of Finance in Modernizing its Tax Admimnistration

USAID’S FISCAL REFORM FOR A STRONG TUNISIA (FIRST) supports the Ministry of Finance (MOf) in MODERNIZING ITS TAX ADMINISTRATION FIRST is providing support to the CIMF in its efforts to build an integrated tax information and payment collection system, thus enabling the rollout of e-services to improve the efficiency and transparency of tax administration and …

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Tunisia Kicks off its National Waste Management Strategy with TADAEEM’s Assistance

The USAID Funded TADAEEM project supported Tunisia’s national strategy launch on construction waste management by providing support to the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment (MALE) and partner municipalities during the Megara international conference held in Tunis on October 25-26, 2018. The Megara conference drew a large group representing Tunisian, other African and European municipalities. …

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Young people in El Kef engage in sports and cultural activities, and explore the great outdoors

Between March and May 2017, thirty Youth Mappers* from El Kef spoke with 525 other young people about their challenges, their needs, and the opportunities for them in their community. These conversations highlighted local youth’s awareness of their marginalized situation and lack of available opportunities for them to participate in sports and cultural activities. To …

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Youth in Sidi Bouzid Are a Force for Change in Their Community

One Youth Mapper’s experience highlights how the USAID-funded Sharekna Project is working with young people and communities in Tunisia. Sodki, a job-seeking graduate from Souk Jedid, joined the USAID-funded Sharekna project as a Youth Mapper* in January 2018. He had seen the opportunity posted by local partner – Association des Ressources Naturelles et de Développement …

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Young People in Cité Ettadhamen Engage in Sports and develop Big Dreams for the Future

During Sharekna’s Community Youth Mapping process, a youth-led data collection and analysis process, young people from Cité Ettadhamen shared that they felt frustrated due to a lack of opportunities in their community, especially related to sports. Those activities that were available lacked basic materials and infrastructure, which resulted in a lack of commitment in young …

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Blind and Deaf Citizens Gain Access to Municipal Information for the First Time

There are over 240,000 persons in Tunisia with disabilities. In 2008, Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, requiring the State to provide public information in accessible formats. However, TADAEEM’s Annual Investment Plan (PAI) municipal awareness campaigns were not reaching all Tunisians until the implementation of two groundbreaking initiatives. The project …

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Motivated Municipal Staff Become Waste Management Change Agents

Mr. Mongi Khaldi is the official in charge of the municipal park in Kebili. He had been looking forward to retirement, now he is excited to be part of the team working to improve solid waste management in his municipality. Mr. Khaldi first encountered the TADAEEM project during the municipal staff training in May 2018, …

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TADAEEM Grants Promote Inclusive Local Government Decision-Making

Two local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were awarded grants to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups in the decision-making process in four municipalities. The CSO Tounissiet will implement a 12-month project to support women’s political participation at local levels. Tounissiyet will mobilize communities in the municipalities of Gabes, Mareth, and Ghannouche to advocate for the …

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Municipalities Vote to Adopt Service Delivery Improvement Programs

Nine municipalities have adopted the Service Delivery Improvement Programs (SDIPs) developed by TADAEEM experts in consultation with the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment. The SDIPs identify problem areas and a set of recommended interventions to address identified issues. TADAEEM carried out diagnostics in four domains for each prioritized service touching upon national policies, back …

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USAID Mashrou3i Success Story from Medenine– Slim ESSID – Spiruline BioMed

Entering professional life for Slim Essid has not been easy. After graduating from high school in Economics and Management in 2003, he started studying at the Rades Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) which he gave up to become a seller of handicrafts in the city of Medenine. In 2007, he embarked on other professional …

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USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Rym BELGUEYED – Eco Palme

Gabes, in Southern Tunisia, is a region renowned for its traditional production of dates. Rym Belgueyed, saw an opportunity in turning the waste from these date palm plantations into a blooming business. Before coming up with the idea for Eco Palm, Rym had experienced something many successful entrepreneurs have experienced: failure. After studying Chemistry, she launched an essential oils extraction business which …

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USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Imane is Making her Mark on Tunisia’s Booming Handicrafts Sector!

USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Imane is making her mark on Tunisia’s booming handicrafts sector! Inside a small warehouse in Ben Guerdane, a coastal town near the Libyan border, Imane Sayari is busy sorting an array of brightly colored pottery bowls and cups. The young entrepreneur who launched her handicraft business, Tendance Céramique, in 2017 …

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Tataouine: Abdelmagid RAKAZ – Plasta

Abdelmagid Rakkaz has just moved his plastic pipe business, Plasta, into a workshop on the outskirts of Tataouine. He proudly unrolls the new stock of plastic piping and carefully prepares the winding of the pipes, the centering and finally the labelling before delivering the order to one of his first customers. Abdelmagid enthusiastically reflects on …

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Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian

Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian KAIROUAN On a farm in Abida, in the region of Kairouan, there is an air of hopeful anticipation. Imen Hamdi, a young veterinarian, is calmly tending a cow in a stall which is about to give birth. Imen’s livestock veterinary services are greatly appreciated in the region and many farmers will …

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Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market

Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market and Transform Competition Into Cooperation KAIROUAN As the sun beats down brightly in Kairouan, you can see Tunisia’s huge potential for solar power. To expand the country’s renewable energy capacity, the Tunisian government is investing heavily in the sector. Many farmers have already received …

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Mashrou3i in Gabes – Mohamed Ibrahim, IDROLOG

Locating and exploring groundwater resources for irrigation and household use is a complex process, but 34 year old Mohamed from Gabes has turned this into a successful business. At 34 years old and despite the difficulties he has encountered, Mohamed Ibrahim successfully launched “IDROLOG”, a company specialized in coring and hydraulic prospecting that employs 4 …

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Mashrou3i in Gafsa – Ismael ZAYED:  Ben Zayed farm

At 27, Ismael Zayed has already established his reputation as a farmer in Gafsa, a region in central Tunisia where farming is a family tradition handed down from generation to generation. After graduating in Experimental Sciences in 2009 and Applied Geomatics in 2012, it would have been a natural next step for Ismael to move …

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Mashrou3i in Kebili – Feriel Touiti, Manager of the Business Center

Mashrou3i, a project implemented by UNIDO with support from USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation, works with partners in each of the project’s 14 target regions. In Kebili, in the South of Tunisia, Mashrou3i works together with the region’s Business Center to raise awareness of the project among aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. The …

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Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Amina Zaoui – “NINA BIO, Natural Cosmetics”

In 2017 at 29 years old, Amina Zaoui launched an artisanal soap and natural cosmetics business in Tozeur. After graduating in Medical Bio-technology in 2014, Amina chose to start her professional journey working in an agricultural project design office as a personal assistant. This experience enabled her to forge basics in entrepreneurship but remained far …

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Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Abdelhamid Baira Packaging unit, Digital and Offset printing

At only 27 years old, Abdelhamid Baira launched a packaging production unit and a digital and offset printing service in his hometown of Tozeur. In 2013, Abdelhamid gained a Businesses Administration and Management degree in Tozeur and then decided to move to Tunis to strengthen his skills. The same year, he started a Master’s degree …

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