- Issues related to artistic freedom and cultural expressions mobilized to the forefront of democracy building in a context of important political transition
- 12 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
- Second Quadrennial Periodic report submitted in December 2016
The Tunisian Constitution of 2014 has paved the way for new opportunities in the cultural sector. Amongst the fundamental rights recognized by the new Constitution, freedom of expression, information and publication as well as intellectual property, women’s rights and the right to culture are all included. Conditions for creation and innovation are increasingly favorable in this context, especially for the youth. In parallel, Tunisia has developed its first development plan since the 2011 Arab Spring. This ambitious five-year Development Plan 2016-2020 aims at attaining an annual GDP growth of 4% compared to precedent growth of 1,5% in the past years.
In this context, creative industries, including the media, culture and digital services, have every chance to position themselves as buoyant niches for job creation and revenue generation. In particular, the music and book industries show high potential for development with more than 10,000 active musicians in the country and the organization of events such as the Tunis International Book Fair.
Some challenges remain, however, such as the need to improve the social and economic status of artists and to reinforce certain elements of the cultural value chain.
Against this backdrop, this capacity-building project provides an opportunity to create much-needed dialogue between civil society and the government as well as between different ministries concerning the state of affair of the cultural sector. Specifically, the training in periodic reporting, indicator building and data collection offers the chance to define new priorities for the coming years.