Canada strengthens collaboration with Tunisia


Funding for the initiatives announced today by the Government of Canada amounts to approximately $8.6 million.

Program for an inclusive municipal leadership in Tunisia

Funding announced: $6.9 million
Implementing partner: Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Time frame: 2018 to 2022

This project aims at increasing the participation of women in designing municipal services that are more democratic, inclusive and responsive to community needs. It will empower women to take part in decisions affecting their communities and to assume leadership roles at the local level. The project will build local governments’ capacities to help them promote the participation of women in municipal governance. It targets specific cities in poor regions of the country. The project also aims to encourage local governments to adopt best management practices so they can deliver municipal services that are more responsive to women and to vulnerable populations. It also promotes the involvement of women in government bodies and in the Fédération Nationale des Villes Tunisiennes [national federation of Tunisian municipalities].

Strengthening Tunisian capacities in operational control of cross-border security threats, illicit trafficking and terrorism

Implementing partner: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Funding announced: $1.6 million
Time frame: 2018 to 2019

This project is funded through the Government of Canada’s Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program. Its overall objective is to prevent and combat terrorist activity at Tunisian borders by helping the Tunisian government to fully establish a risk and threat analysis management centre. This centre will enable officials to better identify threats of terrorism and illicit trafficking at Tunisian land, air and sea borders by strengthening Tunisia’s ability to collect and analyze threats and risks at those borders. As a result of this project, the borders will become more secure while also allowing for the smooth processing of people and goods legally entering and exiting the country.

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