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UK Research and Innovations (2021)

Challenges and possibilities for an inclusive approach to decent job creation in Tunisia

Decent Jobs Tunisia

Titre : Challenges and possibilities for an inclusive approach to decent job creation in Tunisia

Pays/Région : Tunisia

Durée : sept. 21 - sept. 22

Référence projet : ES/W00559X/1
Catégorie : Fellowship

Résumé partiel
This fellowship will be built upon my PhD project which examined ways in which domestic elites and unemployed youths understand and attempt to address the problems of job insecurities and unemployment in democratizing Tunisia. The project involved two case studies of unemployed movements and fifty interviews with unemployed youths, human rights activists and trade union members. It found that the mismatch between the authorities and unemployed youths’ conceptions of the status and condition of unemployed contributed to the increasing frustration of unemployed youths with the post-uprising system. Also, this research as well as my consultancy activities for the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s project on employment opportunities for youth and women in Tunisia indicated that, while the importance of addressing the problem of informal and precarious work and of developing an inclusive approach to job creation is being recognized, actual efforts are underdeveloped and unemployed youths are still largely marginalised from decision-making processes.

This fellowship will bring together global institutions, national authorities and unemployed workers into analysis in order to explore their understanding of informal and precarious work and examine challenges and possibilities to a more inclusive approach to decent job creation. This study is timely and imperative given that the limitations of the existing employment programmes are being recognized by the three parties and the rampant unemployment and job insecurities remain key sources of political and economic instability of the country. As well as utilising the interview and document data collected during my previous research, I will conduct a small number of interivews with individuals working in the field of job creation and training in both civil society and government (ministry) levels to assess possible gaps between employment strategies promoted by international or domestic elites on the one hand and unemployed workers’ expectations and needs on the other.

Lead Research Organisation : Durham University

Financement : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Budget  : £96 874

UK Research and Innovations

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