Representatives from 13 Arab countries, the Tunisian Ministry for Women, Family and Childhood, and the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab Countries Combating Violence Against Women gathered in Tunis for a two-day summit on 16 and 17 November. The summit, supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), took stock of recent progress made in Tunisia and Lebanon […]
WFD has been working in Tunisia since 2011. WFD’s programmes in Tunisia have engaged with the Tunisian Legislature on supporting constitutional drafting and strengthening the oversight and legislative roles of the institution. WFD has also worked with the Tunisian political parties, at both party to party and cross-party levels, on women and youth leadership and has implemented efforts to strengthen the civil society on policy influencing and policy making. WFD’s most recent programme in Tunisia started on April 2019 and aims at continuing working with the Tunisian Parliament on the skills needed to perform the parliamentary functions. The on-going programme also has a focus on the benefits of parliamentary regional and international cooperation.
Our engagement in Tunisia is guided by the common vision that parliaments are key democratic institutions that must meet the citizens needs by being (i) responsive to the public, (ii) transparent in how they operate, and (iii) effective and capable of contributing towards a stable and more prosperous society.
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.
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The Tunisian Committee responsible for oversight of public expenditure highlighted the unnecessary provision of sugar subsidies to industry as a result of one of its first enquiries. Members of the Committee used information supplied by the Tunisian Court of Audit to successfully argue for an end to sugar subsidies for corporations. The resulting policy change […]
“It’s the first time in the history of Tunisia that we have a parliamentary committee that is charged with the oversight of the management of public money,” Sofiene Toubal, chair of the financial oversight committee, says. “We believe the fruits of these achievements will come in the near future.” The committee in question – on […]