Pilot initiative for integrated local development covers 30 municipalities over 10 years in Tunisia

The "Pilot Initiative for Integrated Local Development" (IPDLI) programme implemented by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Tunisia over a 10-year period has covered 30 municipalities in 10 governorates, including Jendouba, Kasserine, Gafsa, Tataouine and Kebili. The pilot projects, which will run until June 2023, have generated more than 252,000 days of work for residents in the communes covered by the programme, helped break the isolation of 17 villages, supported 2,035 participants in 40 agricultural development groups, and created space and facilitated access to 30 primary schools attended by 4,500 students and 16 basic health centres, according to an ILO report. The aim of this programme is to create an economic and social dynamic based on a permanent partnership between the various components of the local scene, such as communities, local authorities, civil society and the social partners, within the framework of a broad and inclusive social dialogue, as a basis for local economic develop ment in disadvantaged areas and as a driving force for the promotion of marginalised groups, particularly women and unemployed young people. The "Pilot Initiative for Integrated Local Development" programme is celebrating 10 years of work on integrated local development in Tunisia by organising a forum on Tuesday, November 21 entitled "Integrated Local Development in Tunisia? 10 years and counting". The IPDLI, financed by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Office (ILO) under the supervision of the Tunisian Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment and in close collaboration with the social partners (UGTT and UTICA), aims to support the decentralisation process and create a local economic dynamic that generates decent jobs in 5 governorates (Jendouba - Nabeul - Gafsa - Kasserine - Tataouine). Source: EN - Agence Tunis Afrique Presse