Tunisian-German Academy for Good Governance: Training on reforms

Project description

Title: Tunisian-German Academy for Good Governance
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Tunisia
Lead executing agency: Ministère de la fonction publique et de la gouvernance
Overall term: 2015 to 2018

Context

From revolution to consolidation: in January 2011, the ‘Revolution of Dignity and Freedom’ led to the fall of the autocratic regime of President Ben Ali. Since then, Tunisia has been undergoing a profound transition. Whether or not that transition ultimately leads to rule of law based on freedom and democracy depends largely on the following factors:

  • The will and ability of the political and administrative decision-makers to continue advancing the process in a peaceful and constructive manner;
  • The will and ability of the citizens to support the difficult process of transformation, in a spirit of responsibility;
  • The success of fundamental reforms to the Tunisian administration – modern, citizen-oriented and based on the principles of good governance.

Managers and experts at all levels of Tunisia’s governmental and administrative system do not yet have adequate access to practical training. They do not receive appropriate support in acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to shape the transition process as well as governance and management practices within a democratic framework.

With its own experience of transition following two dictatorships, Germany provides a compelling reference point and place of learning for the design of profound transformation processes. As such, Germany is perceived in Tunisia as a reliable and competent partner.ObjectiveManagers and experts in government and administrative bodies at national, regional and local level achieve significant and lasting changes in accordance with the principles of good governance.

Approach

The Tunisian-German Academy provides support for reforms in five areas:

  1. An eight-month training course for around 35 participants; seminars with modules on selected subjects relevant to good governance in TunisAs a condition for their participation in the course, the experts and managers are expected to develop and implement a specific reform project in their respective professional environments. The project is designed to benefit citizens by making a significant difference in the Tunisian public administration. Furthermore, increased transparency and compliance with regulations are intended to improve the population’s living conditions in the long term.
  2. Study trips to Germany enabling participants to learn more about specific topics and to acquire practical experience in selected policy areas of good governance
  3. Organisation of international conferences and expert dialogues in Tunis and in the Tunisian regions on selected good governance topics.
  4. Support for the networking of alumni as well as Tunisian and German experts
  5. Coaching on reforms and organisational development

Through the course, study trips, conferences and expert dialogues, the Academy will provide further training for at least 1,500 people from the fields of public administration, the private sector and civil society.The lead executing agency for the project is the country’s ministry of public service and governance (Ministère de la fonction publique et de la gouvernance). The European Academy Berlin and the Leadership Academy of Baden-Württemberg are additional cooperation partners. The project supports the International Academy for Good Governance in Tunisia and is housed in the National School of Administration (ENA) in Tunis.

The project is part of a special initiative designed to stabilise and promote development in North Africa and the Middle East run by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Through the projects that make up this special initiative, BMZ is helping to open up economic and social prospects for people in the region. Within this context, an additional sum of more than EUR 300 million has been earmarked for projects carried out by GIZ and other implementing organisations in the period from 2014 to 2021. The thematic focus is on youth and employment promotion, economic stabilisation, democracy and stabilising neighbouring countries in crisis situations.