Local Governance in Tunisia
The new 2014 Constitution states that the Tunisian government should engage in a decentralisation process throughout the national territory and provides a redefinition of competencies with an increased autonomy assigned to local authorities.
With local authorities assuming a driving role in the social and economic development of their region, a new distribution of roles and competencies between the central government and local communities and between different local authorities will become necessary. Moreover, for local authorities to be able to exercise their new competencies, considerable capacity challenges need to be tackled and overcome.
The OECD supports Tunisia in the decentralization process, with particular focus on improving across levels of government frameworks, strengthening coordination between sectors and levels of government, and addressing regional disparities.
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