(Grant) Strengthening and Disseminating Strategic Urban Planning Initiatives in Tunisia, in Particular in Inland Cities

Project

At-a-Glance

Approval Date
Actual Completion Date
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
Tunisia
Cities Alliance Sponsor

Detail

Summary

2.1. Project Background and Rationale - What is the context of the project? In previous decades, planning initiatives in Tunisia – dictated mainly by the central government through five-year plans and heavily influenced by sectoral and non-participatory planning – were not able to promote inclusive, sustainable or equitable development throughout the country. Indeed, sectoral planning tools have been inconsistent with each other and poorly coordinated. This is one of the reasons why promoting integrated and equitable development throughout the country has failed and resulted in some cities and/or regions being left out of development dynamics. Thus, in Tunisia, there is a development gap between inland and coastal regions. However, at the start of the 2000s, a few occasional interventions resulted in the drawing up of City Development Strategies that promote participation and consultation to inform an integrated vision of long-term urban development and the production of short-term action plans. This was the case for the cities of Sousse and Sfax. More recently, the Tunisian Constitution of January 2014 made decentralisation an inescapable choice by enshrining citizen participation as a principle ensuring democratic governance. In this regard, the Tunisian government has set up a national pr

Objectives

This is one of the reasons why promoting integrated and equitable development throughout the country has failed and resulted in some cities and/or regions being left out of development dynamics

Activities

However, at the start of the 2000s, a few occasional interventions resulted in the drawing up of City Development Strategies that promote participation and consultation to inform an integrated vision of long-term urban development and the production of short-term action plans.

Expected Impacts and Results

Tunisian government