Better New Deals for Tunisia

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Tunisia particularly hard. Already before the pandemic, the country was plagued by prolonged stagnation of the economy and an ongoing crisis of social justice and employment. Those working in the large informal sector, mostly without access to social security, were left largely without sufficient assistance. The health sector, long underfunded and suffering from continuous brain-drain, struggled to cope with the pandemic. Without revenues from tourism and overall weak economic performance, the government was forced to increase public debt to finance its budget. Therefore, public debt, including foreign, has been constantly rising.

It is safe to assume, that the main consequence of this situation will be further austerity for the coming years. Reduced funding for social protection and public services will make poor Tunisians even poorer and further threaten the middle class. The social and economic marginalization of large parts of the population would continue.

To avoid this scenario, a unified push by Tunisian civil society and unions to oppose austerity, propose alternatives, and secure the support of Tunisia’s international creditors to address the looming debt crisis is urgently needed. Our project plans to provide accessible research and policy analysis, as well as a platform to strengthen national and regional alliances and initiate a discussion on the international level.

The Tunisian debt crisis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Tunisian debt crisis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper discusses the current debt situation of Tunisia, suggested reforms that may end up being part of the International Monetary Fund program More

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20.06.2022 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

Call for applications for young researchers and professionals


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01.03.2022 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

Tunis, 17 – 18 March / Zoom

Hotel Laico Tunis, Human Rights Square, 1001 Av. Mohamed…


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04.09.2020 | Economic Policies for Social Justice | Events

In this online debate series, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Development Institute invite experts to discuss how international…


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Fiscal reforms implemented 10 years ago were the main cause of the downturn in Jordan’s economy, and similar policies are still being implemented,…


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Economic policies should strive for social justice and to engage the younger generation in the development process, experts and policy makers said on…


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