New project in support of decentralization in Tunisia

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the implementing partners of a Tunisia Local Governance Project 2015 – 17 in Uppsala, Sweden in presence of the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and the President of Tunisia Béji Caîd Essebsi. The project, financed by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is implemented by the following parties:

– National Federation of Tunisian Cities (FNVT)
– Ministry of Interior, Tunisia (MoI)
– Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
– SKL International

The MoU was signed by the President of Saifallah Lasram for the National Federation of Tunisian Cities, Lena Micko, President of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Mukhtar Hammemi Director General of Local Authorities, Ministry of Interior and Håkan Gustafsson for SKL International

The project has the overall objective that Tunisian Local Government is strengthened and lessons from Tunisian and other countries’ decentralisation experiences are considered by reform advocates from MENA transition countries. By completion, it is expected that the project will have contributed to four main results:

1. Central government has defined roles, responsibilities and resources for at least 2 municipal/regional competences and has considered other proposals advocating for the adoption of a decentralized system of government.

2. FNVT proposals for improvement in municipal financial management/control and intergovernmental transfers adopted by the central government based on work in four pilot Municipalities.

3. FNVT is a legitimate representative of Tunisian Municipalities that influences local government politics in Tunisia.

4. Tunisian and other countries’s decentralisation experiences inform consultations by reform advocates in MENA transition countries.

The project will include a special emphasis on gender equality and will include training to Tunisian partners on, amongst other things, different tools for gender mainstreaming, gender Communication and gender awareness.