Our latest paper, Shifting the paradigm: building an inclusive, lifecycle social security system in Tunisia, presents social security options which would represent a leap forward toward universality in Tunisia.
Many people in Tunisia continue to lack access to basic social security. A high degree of informality leaves millions without income security and heightens vulnerability to life shocks – such as growing old – as well as changing economic climates and global crises.
Taking forward the options laid out in the paper would set the country on a better track not only to reduce poverty, but to reduce its dependence on international financial institutions, attenuate institutional fragmentation in social security, achieve its broader social and economic goals and – crucially – strengthen the social contract.
Developed by Development Pathways with the Tunisian Observatory of Economy, it is one of three national in-depth studies of social security systems in the MENA region.