Tunisia

Tunisia

Flag of Tunisia

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 and representative 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 2021 and aims at making our knowledge and expertise available for the process of building an inclusive and participatory democracy laying on democracy values and rule of law. The on-going programme also has a focus on the benefits of sharing experiences, best practices and lessons learnt with regional and international counterparts. 

Our engagement in Tunisia is guided by the common vision that in democracies laying on rule of law, capable political and civil society institutions 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. 

2011: year of first WFD programme
Context

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 23-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, in addition to boosting the country’s economy and public financial viability remain high.

Country Data

Population:

Population:

11.5
million
GDP:

GDP:

$36.2
billion USD
GDI per capita:

GDI per capita:

$3,070
USD
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

54/100
(partly free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

69/100
(free)

Key Results

The creation of a PAC-style oversight committee that operates following international best practices and making inquiries in close collaboration with the Tunisian Supreme Audit Institution.
PAC enquiries led to reports that revealed weaknesses and cases of mismanagement of public money and assets, and included recommendations that contributed to remedying them.
Exchange of expertise on legislative drafting and particularly on several key legislations, including the elections law, the VAWG law, among others.

Implementation

Tunisia Iterative Adaptive Politics Programme
Completed
Planned end: March 2020
Supporting a new PAC, legislative drafting and legislative oversight
Completed
Programme end: March 2018

News

Three women

Women MPs from Arab Countries review efforts to end gender violence

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 […]

A group of people standing underneath a sign that says National Audit Office

Tunisian Parliament saves 70m Dinars from review of sugar subsidies

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 […]

Group shot effective financial oversight workshop

Towards effective financial scrutiny in Tunisia

“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 […]