Tunisia: Tamkeen for Development launches UNDEF-funded youth project

The NGO Tamkeen for Development, on Thursday, launched a project called “Entrepreneurship for Participation and Inclusion of Youth in Tunisia.”

It aims at enabling 1,200 young people from Siliana, Jendouba, Béja and Kef to benefit from training on soft skills, project management, economic empowerment and participatory democracy.

“At the end of this course, 200 learners selected among these 1,200 young people will receive further training on the principles of cattle breeding,” Ghassen Khlifi, Deputy Secretary-General of Zitouna Tamkeen, told a news conference held at the headquarters of the institution, stating that the principle of gender equality will be respected.

 “Supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDF) with an budget of 0.5 million dinars, this project, which began on April 1 and continues until March 2019, is mainly aimed at improving the integration of young people from disadvantaged regions in the economic fabric and their participation in the democratic process”, he added.

Thus, he said, these young people will be able to organize round tables and conferences in order to disseminate the foundations of participatory democracy and to encourage participation in the elections.

Speaking by videoconference, UNDEF Executive Director Annika Savill said «Entrepreneurship for participation and inclusion of young people in Tunisia” represents a “pioneering initiative” since “many young people who will have confidence in themselves again may aspire to become actors in political and public life”.

In this regard, she voiced wish that this project be extended to other regions in Tunisia and the Arab world.

This project involves a number of partners, including the Center for Orientation and Professional Reconversion (CORP) and Délice Holding, which is part of both social entrepreneurship and the social and solidarity economy.

Zitouna Tamkeen is an Islamic microfinance institution whose mission is to participate in the financial and economic inclusion of disadvantaged populations, notably through the promotion of entrepreneurship and support for self-employment projects.


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