A man sells flowers to a passer-by in the old town of Tunis.

Core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” Responsive services for the people

Since 2020, the reform partnership with Tunisia also covers the public sector. Germany is supporting the Tunisian government in its efforts to lessen red tape, make administrative procedures more effective and transparent, and strengthen responsible financial management.

The constitution adopted in 2014 envisages the restructuring of administrative authorities at the regional and municipal level in Tunisia and a transfer of responsibilities to lower administrative tiers. The BMZ is supporting selected cities and municipalities in fulfilling their new tasks with a view to enabling the delivery of services that are more reliable, more transparent and more responsive to people's needs, and with the aim of ensuring greater political participation.

Among other things, Germany's support is helping to set up citizens advice bureaus and repair municipal buildings. Municipal authorities are receiving advice on the organisation of their administrative procedures, on setting up municipal networks – for waste management, for example – and on budgetary planning and accountability.

There is a special focus on improving the opportunities for young people to get involved. An important goal of German-Tunisian cooperation activities is to foster people's trust in public institutions and thus strengthen the political system.

The participation of people in municipal policy-making has already been significantly increased. In addition, it was possible in the period from 2011 to 2019 to improve access to municipal services for 530,000 Tunisian citizens.