Governance and Service Delivery in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Officials’ interaction with citizens at the local level and the provision of basic services can shape how citizens see the state and their trust in public officials.

It is thus not surprising that Tunisia has debated and passed new laws governing local government in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution. Yet, little is known of the nature of local governance in Tunisia, the capacity and practices of local governments, the variation in the provision of basic services across the country.

The project on Governance and Service Delivery in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia sheds light on these questions. The first stage was the implementation of the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in 18 municipalities, including three in each of six governorates. The goal of the project is to extend this assessment to all 24 governorates in Tunisia, and to complement the survey data with studies of municipalities and health facilities in these same municipalities. Taken together, this will provide a comprehensive picture of the success and challenges facing different municipalities, thus helping citizens, government officials and development specialists to pinpoint needs, direct efforts and resources appropriately, and measure progress.

Funded by:

Moulay Hicham Foundation, Swedish Research Council, Yale University, Carnegie Corporation of New York