Tunisia, following the 2011 Jasmine Spring, is going through a slow and complex democratic transition phase, characterized by important progress in terms of political freedom and human Gender.
Despite this, the country remains in precarious between requests for democratization and a process of power centralization. In the economic sphere, structural weaknesses such as strong regional disparities, youth and women unemployment and the massive presence of the informal economy, continue to maintain strong weight. The private sector is struggling to create new jobs, while the public sector presents serious over numbers, in several areas. The action aims to strengthen the solidarity-based business and the participatory public sector processes, in line with the Social and Solidarity Economic Strategy (ESS). This is an internationally acknowledged strategy concerning the capability of generating sustainable jobs and competitive and territorial businesses. Moreover, the ESS is strongly anchored in democratic practices, with regard to economic and social level. The ESS promotes and strengthens the dialogue between institutions and civil society, supporting the country's democratic transition process. The project provides space for institutions and civil society meetings, by promoting ownership of interventions and stimulating sustainable development actions.