Tunis: Development projects for El Hrairia youth centre and green space in Sijoumi
20/09/2019 17:37, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- An agreement was signed Friday morning in Tunis between the Governorate of Tunis and the Family Health International 360 (FHI 360) for the development of El Hrairia youth centre and the creation of a green space in Sijoumi.

At the signing ceremony, Chedly Bouallègue, Governor of Tunis, stressed that this partnership project is part of the "Quick starts activities" component of the "Ma3an" programme (together) implemented by FHI360 and funded by the American Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Governor reported that a budget of 119 thousand dinars is earmarked for the development of the youth centre in El Hrairia and an amount of 145 thousand dinars will be devoted to the creation of a green space in Sijoumi.

For her part, Nadia El Alami, Executive Director of FHI360, said that the "Ma3an" programme launched in 2019 for a period of 5 years aims to increase the capacity of local communities to overcome the political and socio-economic challenges they face through the identification of collaborative development opportunities.

According to her, this project focuses on community resilience and empowerment in Tunisia and targets 30 communities in 15 governorates (Tunis, Ben Arous, Manouba, Zaghouan, Sousse, Kairouan, Sidi Bouzid, Médenine, Tataouine, Ariana, Jendouba, El Kef, Siliana, Kasserine and Gafsa).

For his part, Chokri Terzi, adviser to the Prime Minister in charge of youth, recalled that under the "Quick starts activities" component of the "Ma3an" programme, 6 governorates have signed partnership contracts with FHI360 to implement projects for young people in 12 local communities in Jendouba, Kairouan, Siliana, Sousse, Zaghouan and Tunis.

He noted that the "Ma3an" programme is being implemented in partnership with local associations that have trained young people and helped them to identify the needs of their localities and analyse their problems at the local level in order to overcome them and contribute to the development of their regions.

Terzi stressed the importance of this project, which effectively involves young people in decision-making.

Speaking on the occasion, Eric Pacific, director of USAID's office in Tunisia, stressed that such programmes help protect young people from abuse and strengthen their role in society.

Pacific said that through the funding of the "Ma3an" programme, USAID supports the democratic process in Tunisia and economic development.

As part of the "Quick starts activities" component of the "Ma3an" programme, some 241,235 dinars has been reserved for the governorate of Jendouba to develop the Fernana youth centre and the Ghar Dima library.

It also involves the development of the Nasrallah youth complex and youth centre in Kairouan for a total budget of 247,534 dinars, the development of a public space in El Aroussa and the Errouhia youth centre in Siliana (212,685 dinars), a public space in Ezzouhour and the Sidi Abdelhamid youth centre in Sousse (258,585 dinars), the Ennadhour youth centre and the Saouaf youth centre in Zaghouan (276,143 dinars).

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