Tunisia’s economy has struggled to keep up with its increasing youth population. The National Institute of Statistics in 2017 found that the higher the level of education obtained by Tunisian youth, the less likely they were to be employed. With support from local partner organisations, SPARK is working to counter this phenomenon by developing Tunisia’s private sector through entrepreneurship training and support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Similarly, by developing modules on entrepreneurship for Tunisia’s higher education institutes and training university lecturers, we aim to decrease reliance on public sector employment.
“Factory workers isolate to produce face masks”
With supplies of personal protective equipment, such as masks and overalls, quickly diminishing throughout Tunisia, factory workers in the northwest of the country have made a drastic and altruistic “patriotic gesture”.
“Entrepreneur donates protective suits to police”
Like businesses everywhere, Cherni was forced to close his factory when Tunisia introduced a lockdown in late March. Then he saw an opportunity to keep his business operational and his staff employed.