Responding to COVID-19 in Tunisia
Tunisia, May 2020 - Cities Alliance has joined the United Nations efforts in Tunisia to curb the spread of COVID-19. Complementing the work of other UN agencies on the ground, Cities Alliance has leveraged its unique area of expertise to provide support to local and national governments, as well as coordinate the response of international partners.
Delivery of a draft Municipal Decree to the Tunisian government and municipalities. The draft Municipal Decree is intended to regulate the municipalities’ actions and preserve the local jurisdictions and local powers while recognizing the national emergency and the inherent emergency power of the national government in such a situation. Some municipalities have already used the draft and issued a Municipal Decree accordingly.
Coordination with the government (at both central and local level) and international partners to help deliver effective and efficient assistance to municipalities and local populations in need.
Question and answers session has been held to answer municipalities' questions on how to deal with the day-to-day COVID-19 situation. Furthermore, a webinar is being planned to answer Mayors’ questions and concerns related to the COVID-19 situation.
Conducted evaluation of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Tunisian women, the poor, and vulnerable groups. To this end, Cities Alliance engaged in a joint proposal with UN-HABITAT to help women victims of domestic violence (violence against women has increased by almost 30% during the lockdown), the elderly, and homeless persons.
For more information: United Nations Tunisia Bulletin (in French)