Tunisia - Regional Development and Job Creation Support Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Nov 2015
Signature Date 19 Nov 2015
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2016
Last Disbursement Planned Date 10 Apr 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11232
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 140,996,995.15
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Regional Development and Job Creation Support Programme (PADRCE) is a general budget support of EUR 183 million to the Tunisian Treasury, executed in a single disbursement. PADRCE supplements the two previous budget support operations (PAGDI and PARDI) whose completion reports concluded on the need to pursue reforms to bridge regional inequalities and create employment. The two pillars retained for this operation centre on: (i) Regional development; and (ii) Skills development, labour quality upgrade and social dialogue. The first pillar will help to speed up the implementation of public investments, improve local taxation and trigger the operationalisation of decentralisation to reduce disparities in access to public services. The second pillar completes and strengthens the first component by improving the quality of human capital and social dialogue. It thus aims to support structural educational and training system reforms especially by instituting functional sector coordination, improving sector governance, strengthening partnership with the private sector and establishing an appeased social climate. PADRCE is expected to help to bridge regional disparities on the one hand, and reduce the unemployment rate from 15% in 2015 to 14% in 2017, alongside a higher employment rate of young graduates from 68.6% in 2014 to 70% in 2017, on the other.

Project Objectives

The programme aims to contribute to accelerated and inclusive growth in Tunisia by ensuring regional development and establishing a conducive climate for job creation. To that end, two specific objectives are sought: (i) accelerating the delivery of public investment in the regions and reducing disparities of access to public services and social assistance systems; and (ii) fostering skills development, labour quality upgrade and an appeased social climate.


PADRCE will benefit: (i) the inhabitants of interior regions of the country; (ii) 58,000 graduates annually of higher education, 66% of them girls, and certificate holders of vocational training; and (iii) women and youth micro-credit beneficiaries as well as 235,000 families targeted by social assistance.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-IZ0-008
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name GUEYE Mouhamed
Email m.gueye@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
34.0 9.0 Tunisia