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Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative

Program Information

 Program Donor: The U.S. Department of State

 Implementing Partners: Partners for Democratic Change, The Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability

Facts from the TILI National Survey on Informal Workers

The Challenge

Despite having one of the highest per capita GDPs in the region and 5% growth over the past decade, Tunisia still suffers from high unemployment and an informal sector that represents 40% of the country’s workforce. In prolonged periods of unemployment, countries risk increased numbers of informal workers, stagnation, and long-term depression. Without tackling the problems inherent in informality, Tunisia cannot make long-lasting improvements to its economic situation.

Although employment programs through the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment (MFPE) are providing skills training, internships, job placements, help in setting up small businesses, and allowances for voluntary public service, unemployment remains particularly problematic for women and young university graduates. In order to attract the businesses that will provide decent jobs for its skilled workforce and to create market opportunities for its less skilled workers to improve their livelihoods, Tunisia needs to establish a transparent system that expands registration and extends rights and protections to its entire workforce.

The Opportunity

The TILI program is rooted in the goals of the US government to help Tunisia increase stability and meet the most pressing social and economic challenges facing the country. By improving informal workers’ access to decent work and government protections, Tunisia can create a more inclusive legal and economic framework. Program objectives are to improve government’s ability to measure Tunisia’s informal sector in order to raise awareness of its contributions and conditions, including informal workers’ needs and incentives; to increase the capacity of informal workers and their representative organizations to advocate for their rights; and to increase government’s capacity to create mechanisms and policies that encourage formalization and improve services to informal workers. To achieve these objectives TILI engages stakeholders, managing delicate social and political environments to build trust and consensus, within a framework of activities and deliverables.

Program Accomplishments

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Recent Activities

TILI Holds Kickoff Workshop on Informality to Begin Second Phase of Program

TILI Holds Conference in Tunis on Integrating the Informal Sector into the Formal Economy

GFI TILI Program Making Progress in Tunisia (Video)

GFI Holds Conference in Tunis on Integrating Informal Sector into the Formal Economy

In Review: Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative Accomplishments

GFI Releases Roadmap for Tunisian Leadership: Integrating the Informal Economy

GFI Leadership meet with Tunisian Labor Leaders

GFI Founder Karen Tramontano's article on Informality for the Council on Foreign Relations

GFI conducts TILI National Survey on Informal Workers

GFI Releases Report: Addressing Informality and Decent Work

GFI Founder, Karen Tramontano, and Board Chair, Dr. Danilo Turk, meet with Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail President Hassine Abbasi

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Country Director, Tunisia


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