In the aftermath of the Arab Spring sparked by Tunisia itself, unemployment rates and the population of impoverished citizens continued to rise amid the country’s political unrest. Although an emerging economy on the African continent, unemployment has long troubled Tunisia and directly led to the extensive turmoil in North Africa three years ago.
According to the National Statistics Institute (INS), poverty affected 15.5% of Tunisians in 2010 (4.6% for extreme poverty), but the situation has been improving considerably when compared to 23.3% in 2005 and 32.4% in 2000. Yet, in spite of these positive statistics, this overall decline in poverty has had little effect on the centre-west and south-west of the country. Differences among regions are growing even though inequalities have declined within these same regions.
ADRA Tunisia is active in these neglected regions (South-West and North-West) implementing livelihoods programs aimed at building resilience among families living in extreme poverty by providing income-generating schemes that are locally sustainable, such as farming, pastoral occupations, apiculture, handicrafts, etc. In addition, ADRA Tunisia runs a successful center for professional training and orientation for the unemployed. “ADRA Jobs” is a program implemented with the cooperation of the Ministry of Labor and prepares, orients and empowers jobs seekers to find a job in a competitive labor marked through “soft skills”, language competency and coaching trainings.
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