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March 9, 2022

The partners of the Femme Medina project, USAID, the Municipality of Tunis, and Cities Alliance, inaugurated two refurbished public spaces in the historic Medina of Tunis. The sites, located in Sidi Bechir and Bab Souika were transformed into inclusive venues to promote greater economic and social opportunities for women. The refurbished sites were co-designed with women and communities living and working in the Medina.

U.S. Ambassador and ATB director posing during the sign in ceremony
February 25, 2022

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the CEO of the Arab Tunisian Bank (ATB), Ahmed Rejiba, to launch a $35 million loan program to increase access to finance for Tunisian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the country. The program will expand and accelerate commercial lending to SMEs, which is critical to the success of Tunisian small businesses. The Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and USAID's partnership with ATB will expand lending to regions and borrowers that do not typically have access to bank loans.  

U.S. and Tunisian officials pose at the event ceremony for the launch of the Visit Tunisia project.
February 2, 2022

U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Tunisian Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Mr. Mohamed Moez Belhassine today at the Sbeitla archeological site in Kasserine, Tunisia, to launch the $50 million "Visit Tunisia" project funded by the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Visit Tunisia is a five-year project designed to help Tunisia’s vital tourism sector rebound through public-private sector partnerships and digital innovations that will capitalize on the country’s rich natural, cultural, and historical heritage. This USG investment has the potential of generating 15,000 new sustainable tourism-related jobs in underserved communities across Tunisia.

January 12, 2022

The Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) supports the  Government of Tunisia’s long-term decentralization initiatives, with an emphasis on improving service  delivery. TADAEEM’s three key objectives include 1) improving citizen participation in and oversight of  key government functions, 2) strengthening municipal institutional and service delivery performance, and 3) bolstering regional and national coordination and service delivery mechanisms improved to respond to needs of citizens via local government structures. The program works at the central level to assist the Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment with strategic planning and communications with sub-national entities across 33 municipalities. Some program activities include road paving, public lighting, waste management, park renovation, and permit digitization.

January 12, 2022

The right to nondiscrimination is enshrined in Tunisia’s 2014 constitution, and while Tunisian society is considered one of the most homogenous in the Middle East and North Africa region, some members of minority groups have encountered challenges both in their engagements with fellow citizens and with local and national government. Positive contact and interaction among communities can alleviate fears, misconceptions, and stereotypes and can prevent escalations that could lead to more serious clashes. As part of the USG’s commitment to fostering inclusion and equity worldwide, USAID works to amplify minority voices in partner countries around the world. 

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