Tunisia emerged from the Arab Spring as a beacon of democracy in the North Africa region. In 2011, following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 24-year rule, the National Constituent Assembly was established and tasked with drafting the new Tunisian constitution. WFD’s initial engagement in Tunisia supported this important reform process. Public expectations to put the constitution into practice, improve governance and address the issue of corruption remain high.
The 2014 elections saw most MPs (80%) elected for the first time. WFD’s programme provided technical assistance to support MPs and staff in their new roles so they could successfully enact reforms.
A Public Accounts Committee (PAC), based on the UK model, was established in 2015 to improve Parliaments ability to monitor Government spending. Basing enquiries on the reports from the state audit institution (Court of Audit), the Committee conducted 10 enquiries in 2017. based on a similar approach between the UK PAC and the National Audit Office, members pushed towards the government’s decision to abolish an unnecessary provision of sugar subsidies to industry. In 2018, WFD will continue to work with the PAC to clarify and strengthen its role in tackling corruption. WFD is investigating the scope for establishing a body to provide independent analysis and support to committees tasked with monitoring government spending.
Results and Activities
- Established a Public Accounts Committee that has been active for over two years and conducted 10 enquiries.
- PAC enquiry led to a saving of 70 million Dinars (over £40,000) through review of sugar subsidies for industry.
Supporting a new PAC, legislative drafting and legislative oversight
Planned end: March 2018