The U.S. Embassy’s Assistance Unit (AU) supports programming developed in coordination with the Government of Tunisia and the Tunisian people to accelerate economic development and strengthen democratic institutions. The AU coordinates with other U.S. government agencies as well as the international community to develop programs that seek to strengthen Tunisia’s economy and democratic development. The AU manages projects financed through various funding mechanisms, including bilateral Economic Support Funds, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) local grants, and three regional MEPI leadership programs.
Supporting Tunisia's Democracy
The Assistance Unit (AU) supports Tunisia’s democratic development and champions human rights. The AU works with multiple stakeholders to help the Tunisian government adopt reforms and practices that promote good governance, increase inclusive participation, and institutionalize democratic principles. The AU supports these efforts through a series of assistance programs that target diverse themes and take into consideration gender equality, youth empowerment, and the inclusion of minorities. (Read more)
Spurring Sustainable Economic Growth
The sustainable growth of Tunisia’s economy is a major focus of U.S. assistance programs. The Assistance Unit supports the Tunisian government’s efforts to adopt reforms and practices that improve competitiveness, create inclusive opportunities, improve job creation, and increase sustainable economic growth. The AU funds economic assistance programs that strengthen the private sector and employment opportunities and advocate for the equitable and responsible management of natural resources and public finances. (Read more)
MEPI Leadership Programs
The Assistance Unit manages three Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leadership Programs that grant motivated youth scholarships for universities in the region, as well as exchanges and training that build expertise and linkages among professionals across the region and with the United States.
MEPI Leadership Programs enhance cultural understanding, international collaboration, institution building, knowledge sharing, and economic development between U.S. and Middle East/North Africa-based students, entrepreneurs, lawmakers, and civil society leaders. (Read more)