Consolidating Social Protection and Labor Policy in Tunisia: Building Systems, Connecting to Jobs

This report focuses on modernizing Tunisia’s social protection and labor programs, both critical to the nation’s social and economic stability as it moves forward. The report assesses the performance of Tunisia’s key social protection and labor programs in terms of equity, efficiency, and sustainability.

Importantly, the report—prepared together with an array of governmental and non-governmental technical experts—finds that, since 2011, unemployment in Tunisia has largely been mitigated by adding tens of thousands more jobs to the public sector. However, this has placed immense, unsustainable pressure on the national budget.

Lessons learned from recent analyses and pilot projects, suggest that new, public-private models for active labor market programs targeted at low-skilled workers can help boost livelihoods while the economy waits for broader job creation investments to take hold.

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