Key successes include:
- The creation of a Public Accounts Committee, the first financial oversight committee in Tunisia’s history. The committee has been very active during the parliament's first and second mandates with processes and practices inspired by the UK PAC processes.
The training of civil society activists on policy making and influencing, resulting in the development of a policy paper on the employment of people with disabilities which was submitted to the parliament and was successful in securing changes to the legislation.
- WFD’s current programme in Tunisia focuses on the role of civil society in in policy making and influencing.The programme also focuses 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 founded 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.
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. Since then, the country has taken great strides forward in its transition to democracy.
On 25 July 2021, the Tunisian President adopted a number of exceptional measures including the temporary suspension of the powers of the parliament, and the dismissal of the Prime Minister. A new constitution will be drafted by July 2022, with parliamentary elections scheduled for December the same year.
The current programme aims to support Tunisian civil society to engage effectively with policy makers for more responsive, transparent and effective policies.
The ‘Supporting the Legislative and Oversight Functions of Parliament’ programme aimed to cooperate with the Tunisian parliament to strengthen the quality of legislation and ensure effective scrutiny of the management of public money by the executive.
Exchange of experience with the Tunisian members of parliament and parliamentary staff with the aim of making the legislative drafting process more efficient, and with the members and staff of the committee for financial oversight more efficient in undertaking its role of scrutiny of the public financial management.
Under “Tunisian People's Representatives Assembly (PRA) legislative, oversight and representation functions” programme, WFD cooperated with the Tunisian parliament on its vision to strengthen its oversight function, specifically on the creation of a Public Accounts Committee, an oversight committee that operates following international best practices and makes 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, particularly on several key legislations, including the elections law and the Violence Against Women and Girls law.