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Assessment of Development Results - Tunisia

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Under the framework of the UNDP Evaluation Office’s evaluation plan 2009–2010, an Assessment of Development Results (ADR) was carried out in Tunisia. This evaluation had three objectives: i) to assess the progress made against the results outlined in the document of the last two UNDP programme cycles (2002–2006 and 2007–2011); ii) to analyse and clarify UNDP’s strategic positioning in its contribution to the government’s efforts to meet certain development challenges; and iii) to present the conclusions and lessons learned in view of better positioning UNDP in Tunisia, particularly in terms of required expertise adapted to the needs of this middle-income country, which is undergoing drastic political, socio-economic and cultural changes.

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Tunisia’s development challenges 2002-2011

With a surface area of 162,155 km, including seven socio-economic regions, Tunisia is part of the Maghreb area along with Algeria, Libya and Morocco. It has very few natural resources such as oil, gas and so on, and only 18 percent of its territory is considered fertile. The national authorities, aware of the limited potential of the country’s natural resources, have tried to diversify Tunisia’s production base over the years by targeting certain sectors such as tourism, phosphates and outsourcing industries oriented towards exporting and services.

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