Jobs, Opportunities, and Business Success Activity
In Tunisia, high unemployment — particularly among college-educated youth — has been an ongoing source of sociopolitical tension and has left some Tunisian youth more susceptible to recruitment by extremist political groups. This is especially true in Tunisia’s rural regions, which are economically disadvantaged. For Tunisia to succeed politically and economically, it must focus on job creation, skill development, and business opportunities.
The USAID-funded Jobs, Opportunities and Business Success (JOBS) Activity creates jobs in Tunisia by providing targeted assistance to individual firms, allowing them to expand and hire new employees. JOBS improves workforce development and job placement by reforming the curricula of educational institutions to focus more on skills demanded by the private sector while also strengthening the capacity of job placement centers. The Activity also identifies and advocates for improvements in Tunisia’s business enabling environment through target policy reform. This approach increases inclusive private sector employment, which strengthens Tunisia’s political and socioeconomic stability.