UN-Habitat Projects in Tunisia

Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transportation (SOLUTIONS)

  • Duration: July 2013 – July 2016
  • Value: US$ 130,171
  • Donor: Wuppertal Institut Fur Klima/ Umwelt/ Energie GMBH
  • Implementing Partners: Mobili-T Tunisia

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Overview

A Host Country Agreement to establish an office of UN-Habitat in Tunisia was signed on 16 May 2017 between UN-Habitat and the Government of Tunisia.

Notwithstanding, the entry into force of the Agreement is pending its ratification by the Tunisian Parliament. UN-Habitat has in 2018 supported the municipality of Djerba Midoun in transforming an open Municipal land, that used to be a spot for juvenile delinquency and a waste deposit into a safe public space with recreational and meeting facilities that will enhance community cohesion, promote social interaction and inclusion as well as the well-being of the residents of the targeted area.

UN-Habitat is also supporting the Tunisian Government with the development of a National Urban Policy, a common vision guiding the sustainable growth and management of cities and promoting productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term.

Overview
Population (2018)
11.7 million
Total value of projects
US$ 7,483
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 1

With an urban population that accounts for 69 per cent of the total population and is growing by 1.5 per cent annually, Tunisia is one of the most urbanised countries in North Africa and the Arab region. The urban spread is located all along the coast, near large agglomerations such as Tunis and Sousse. This growth, mainly generated by the economic activities and job offers concentrated in these areas, is leaving the southern and western areas with less diverse economies behind. The disparity in standards of living and wellbeing is also clear between rural and urban areas and within urban zones. In terms of basic infrastructures, coverage is nearly total in coastal areas but still requires substantial investments in central and southern areas. Thus, the northern and western coasts have been the destination for rural-to-urban migration for decades, swelling the outlying areas around large cities and causing disproportionate land consumption. Since the 2011 revolution, these regional imbalances and inequalities of opportunity have intensified under the effect of the country’s economic slowdown and its devastating socioeconomic consequences.

Impact
More than 2,500 citizens, of which 500 women and 500 children, benefited from improved access to the recently upgraded public space in Djerba Midoun in 2018.
18 civil servants including statisticians and specialists in data collection and analysis benefited from a series of technical workshops on computing indicators related to SDG11.
Urban numbers
Average of unemployment rate in Tunisia is of 15.6 per cent while it reaches 25.8 per cent in Kebili and 32 per cent in Tataouine, cities that are located in the south.
The urban population annual growth rate is 1.56%
The percentage of the total population that is urban is 68.64%

Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or touch the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

The upgraded public space in Djerba Midoun that was recently inaugurated was designed in a participatory manner by involving local citizens including young people and women.

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500 women out of the 2500 citizens from the targeted area will have access to a safe public space in Djerba Midoun.

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UN-Habitat has recently supported the Municipality of Djerba Midoun in transforming an open Municipal land that used to be a spot for juvenile delinquency and a waste deposit, into a safe public space with recreational and meeting facilities that will enhance community cohesion, promote social interaction and inclusion as well as the well-being of the 2500 citizens from targeted area.

The rehabilitated public space consists of a small built structure for training and cultural activities, a multidisciplinary sports field, a playground for children and a petanque court.

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Donors and partners

UN Habitat identifies and mobilizes local authorities and NGOs to ensure the ownership of the actions implemented in the country, their success and sustainability. The recently inaugurated public space involved

UN Habitat engages also local communities in the design and upgrading of public space initiatives to ensure that their needs are well reflected.

Contact

Nada Al-Hassan
Head of Sub-regional Maghreb Office
UN ROAS
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