Category: Economy & Development

A Quick Guide to the ‎ Supplementary Budget Bill 2015 ‎

Jasmine foundation – Yesterday, 4 August, saw Prime Minister Habib Essid present the Supplementary Budget bill for 2015 to the Assembly of People’s Representatives for adoption. The head of government emphasized that the bill aims to address the “exceptional conditions” Tunisia is going through. The measures are primarily intended to guarantee the stability of public finances,

Roundtable: Promoting Start-Ups to Foster Employment

On Friday, 12 June 2015, The Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication (JFRC) organized a roundtable on the importance of promoting startups to foster employment, at Ramada Plaza Hotel, Gammarth, Tunis. Representatives from the government and the parliament, the private sector and the civil society were present and took part in the discussions and proceedings

JF Briefing Dec 16, 2014

Finances Top the Headlines Finances have been occupying the headlines in Tunisia this week, with the passing of the 2015 budget and debates over an increase in public-sector salaries and impending slashes in subsidies. The new Assembly of the People’s Representatives managed to pass the 2015 state budget in the early hours of 11 December

Roundtable organised by The Jasmine Foundation: “The role of Arab Diaspora in Democratic Transitions: Political and Economic Challenges”

“The role of Arab Diaspora in Democratic Transitions: Political and Economic Challenges”   Roundtable organised by The Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication   In partnership with the European Research Council research programme WAFAW (When Authoritarianism Falls in the Arab World) 17 October 2014, Foundouq El-Attarine, Tunis   The Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication

Tunisia’s Transition Triumphs – but Fears for its Democratic Future Remain

Tunisia’s second democratic elections on Sunday marked a milestone in the country’s democratic transition, with voters turning out en masse to elect a new 5-year Parliament. The elections were widely applauded as a success by international observers and world leaders, and prove the country’s ability to guarantee a key pillar of democracy – peaceful change

Terrorism Law: On the Back Burner Once Again?

After months of discussion and close examination in the National Constituent Assembly, media and public discourse, Tunisia’s draft organic law to combat terrorism and money laundering has been put on hold. The Constituent Assembly’s bureau announced at the end of September that in view of the request by the Presidency and government to prioritise urgent

IRI POLL: Tunisia’s democratic transition at a crossroads

Washington, DC – Five months after the landmark passage of Tunisia’s constitution, and with historic elections expected in October and November of this year, a new IRI poll  finds Tunisia once again at a crossroads in its democratic transition. “Democracy does not lead to overnight prosperity, and Tunisians are coming to terms with this reality,” said Scott Mastic,

Tunisia Peace Ranking Slips, Retains “High Level of Peace”

Tunisia’s ranking among the world’s most peaceful countries fell from 75 to 79 (out of 162) during 2014, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index (GPI). Despite the slide, the report classifies Tunisia as a country with a “high level of peace.” Its position ranks second among Maghreb countries, with Morocco at

Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons From Democratic Transitions

Over the past three years, the world has witnessed a number of democratic transitions take root across the Middle East and Asia. Millions of oppressed people in countries once ruled by autocrats are struggling to realize freedom and shared opportunity. Other countries around the world also now teeter on the edge of transition to more