Since 2011, Tunisian democracy has been, and remains to this day, a model in the Middle East and North Africa regions. During the period of political transition, Tunisia’s public administration played a major role to ensure peaceful changes. However, eight years after the revolution, institutions currently have new challenges to address: the number of civil servants has tripled, recruitment procedures are not always transparent, the organisational structure is not efficient, and corruption remains an issue. 

Supported by the European Union (EU), the Tunisian government has launched a significant reform programme for its administration. The new EU-funded project which was awarded to AETS - “Technical assistance for the second wave of Tunisian Functional Review as part of the Tunisian administration and civil service reform”- aims to strengthen the rule of law and good governance. Mainly based in Tunis, the project will last approximately one year. An AETS team will conduct a diagnosis of the internal shortcomings as well as the organisational development of the Government Presidency, the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Trade, and the Ministry of Agriculture. The project also seeks to ensure better management of human resources within these public structures. In addition to the abovementioned, our three experts will conduct trainings for the Government Presidency in order to make them autonomous to carry out future functional reviews.

In a difficult regional and economical context, the Public Administration’s reform is a prerequisite to preserve and enhance Tunisian democratic transition.