Regional development

OECD project on subnational indicators for Tunisia


Supporting the Government of Tunisia in the development of a system of internationally comparable indicators at the subnational level

Tunisia’s new constitution, adopted in 2014, places regional development as one of the government’s main priorities, and gives local authorities a key role in economic and social planning and development. Five years after the revolution, significant regional disparities persist; the Strategic Development Plan 2016-2020 seeks to reduce them for the duration. The project is part of a broader initiative on Supporting the design and implementation of economic and social reforms for inclusive growth in Tunisia through capacity building in statistics, monitoring and evaluation, supported by the Middle East and North Africa Transition Fund. It is developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Co-operation of the Government of Tunisia.  


Objective of the project

This project aims to improve the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of regional development policies in Tunisia through a strengthened governance of regional statistics. The work will provide a diagnosis of: 

  • the governance of regional statistics
  • data gaps in the context of a reformed multi-level governance system
  • capacity needs at the national and the subnational level to carry out new functions in the production and use of regional statistics.


Main outputs of the project

  • A capacity-building workshop organised and facilitated by the OECD to support the sustainability of Tunisian regional indicator production over time and the use of territorial indicators in policy making. International experiences will be presented to foster knowledge transfer. 
  • A report summarising the results of the diagnosis; this document will be peer reviewed by the OECD Working Party on Territorial Indicators. 
  • Tunisia’s inclusion in the 2018 OECD Regions at a Glance publication


Field studies

The first field study took place on 22-24 March 2017. The OECD participated in the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the project organised by the Ministry of Development, Investment & International Cooperation and interviewed the following key stakeholders of regional statistics in the country. 

  • Tunisian Ministry of Development, Investment and International Co-operation (MDICI)
  • Statistics Tunisia (INS)
  • Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Bureau of Research, Planning and Programming
  • Ministry of Employment,  National Observatory for Employment and Qualifications (ONEQ)
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Commission in Support of Decentralisation (Instance d’appui à la decentralisation)

The mission was also an opportunity to finalise the implementation plan with the MDICI and to launch the main activities of the project.



The capacity building workshop will take place on 27 November 2017 in Tunis, and will. present OECD work on regional statistics as well as the preliminary results of the analysis of regional statistics in Tunisia. Peer-reviewers will discuss international experiences in this field, while Tunisian representatives will outline the country’s the regional development strategy. Agenda forthcoming.