Karte Tunesien

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Tunisia since 1975 and opened an office in Tunis in 1999. GIZ implements projects and programmes on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other donors, including the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and the European Union (EU).

Around 40 seconded staff, a number of integrated experts and more than 100 national personnel are currently working for GIZ in Tunisia. Some are assigned as advisors to Tunisian ministries and public authorities, where they support the Tunisian partners in institution building while others are training specialists and strengthening regional and sectoral networks in the country itself and beyond its borders.

In Tunisia, GIZ is implementing projects in three sectors, with a particular focus on rural regional development:

1. Sustainable economic development and promoting employment

Social inequality and growing poverty were the catalysts for the revolution in Tunisia. Combating unemployment, creating better working conditions and improving competitiveness are currently the main priorities on the country’s political agenda.

On behalf of the German Government, GIZ is supporting Tunisia with a range of measures aimed at strengthening the economic performance of the regions, developing promising markets for renewable energies and thus creating jobs. The industrial infrastructure is undergoing modernisation and entrepreneurship is being promoted on a targeted basis. GIZ is also helping to develop a needs-based vocational training system and is improving access to microfinance services for small businesses.

2. Protection of natural resources

In Tunisia, natural livelihood bases such as water resources, arable land and forests are overexploited and also face an acute threat from ongoing climate change. GIZ is therefore supporting Tunisia’s efforts to safeguard and manage its natural resources sustainably for the long term. This is creating additional income-generation and employment opportunities in the country’s disadvantaged regions, where many people’s livelihoods are highly dependent on the use of natural resources.

GIZ mediates between citizens, public administrations and the private sector in order to identify rules-based solutions for the sustainable management of resources. Putting arrangements in place for the shared use of a reservoir or drawing up a waste management plan, for example, is a form of democracy in action, albeit on a small scale.

In this way, GIZ is supporting the country’s democratic development by offering a wide range of sustainable solutions for agriculture, the environment, water resources management and waste policy.

3. Regional development, local governance and democracy

The fall of the Ben Ali regime in January 2011 marked the start of Tunisia’s transition towards democracy. For the first time in the country’s history, citizens and local and regional administrations are being integrated into the country’s hitherto highly centralised political, social and economic decision-making processes. This requires major political reforms at all levels.

GIZ is supporting the establishment of new administrative structures and promoting development in rural regions.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Tunisia
Country Director
Rainer Krischel
Email: giz-tunesien@giz.de

Office address
GIZ Office Tunisia
Rue Le Grand Boulevard de la Corniche Immeuble le Grand Boulevard Cité les Pins
2045 Berges du Lac II de Tunis
Phone: +216 71 967-220
Fax: +216 71 967-227
Email: giz-tunesien@giz.de

Postal Address
B.P. 753
10 80 Tunis-CEDEX