The "Support for Decentralization" project aims to support the Tunisian government in the effective implementation of decentralization. In this sense, the objective of the project is as follows: some elements of communal and regional governance are improved.
The project takes place throughout four components at the national level and supports decentralization as enshrined in the Tunisian constitution.
Component 1, "Strengthening decentralization and deconcentration", aims to improve the conditions for the implementation of decentralization and deconcentration. To this end, it provides technical advice on the development of the strategy for the transfer of skills and responsibilities and advice on the establishment and implementation of the corresponding regulations. A guide on the transfer and distribution of competences between local authorities and central government provides the various actors concerned with the necessary clarifications on their (new) areas of responsibility. In addition, a parallel dialogue on decentralization issues is being conducted in many municipalities. This approach promotes transparency and helps to make the various public institutions more efficient. The clear allocation of mandates, through a clear description of positions and functions, makes it possible to act in a preventive and systemic manner on corruption. In preparing these formats for exchange and dialogue, municipalities acquire the comparative data they lack as well as the necessary legal and economic expertise.
Component 2, "Strengthening territorial development and networking", provides for the consolidation of selected municipalities and regions by providing them with governance instruments. The project enables the advised governorates to test instruments for planning and monitoring the use of the funds allocated as part of the five-year planning process. To this end, it develops training and information formats for regional councils in the area of effective planning and management of funds so that they can better manage available resources. In parallel, the project enables municipalities to carry out pilot local development projects and share the results in municipal networks.
Component 3, "Strengthening the skills of decentralization actors", aims to develop the skills of elected officials and managers of local authorities and territorial administration. This component also strengthens training institutions, as well as capacity-building measures on decentralization and territorial management, in the form of face-to-face and online training.
Component 4, "Fiscal decentralization, local finance and control", is designed to improve the conditions for transparent financial management of local authorities/communes. The project advises the Ministry of Finance to carry out a comprehensive analysis in order to gain a general idea of the support approaches implemented by the various donors active in Tunisia and thus improve the mobilization and transparent management of the own revenues of future local authorities. Its purpose is to present recommendations for action to the various actors and at the same time can serve as a basis for donor coordination. In a second phase, the project will support the Court of Auditors which, as the supreme audit institution, plays an important role in improving accountability and compliance in the financial management of municipalities, and thus also in the fight against corruption.
The project focuses mainly on the Northwest and Central West regions. These regions are among the most disadvantaged and least developed in Tunisia. The contractor will work with two types of institutions: at the central level with 1 ministry and at the local level with 2 to 4 municipalities.
The expected results are as follows:
Outcome - Component 1: The framework conditions for the implementation of decentralization and deconcentration are improved.
Outcome - Component 2: Selected municipalities and regions have better instruments to strengthen governance.
Outcome - Component 3: The competencies of elected officials and officials of local authorities and territorial administration are strengthened.
Profiles of experts provided by IBF
Long-term national expert on decentralization and territorial planning
Team of 9 short-term national experts (Pool 1)
134 m/m (total)
Team of 5 short-term international experts (Pool 2)
35 m/m (total)