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20070119 UNICEF Country Program Document Tunisia 2007-2011


20070119 UNICEF Country Program Document Tunisia 2007-2011

The political situation in Tunisia is stable, with the ruling party maintaining its leadership in the country’s political life. It is highly likely that the country will achieve all of the Millennium Development Goals but one, the target relating to maternal mortality. The overall economic situation remains satisfactory, with an average annual growth rate of 5.1 per cent between 1970 and 2003. The Government allocates at least one half of its budgets to social sectors, including poverty alleviation programmes; an estimated 4.2 per cent of the population (2000) live under the poverty line, compared to 13 per cent in 1980. A variety of policies and programmes implemented in the past 25 years to curb unemployment have had
limited effect. The overall unemployment rate is estimated at 13.5 per cent (2005), with higher rates in the least developed regions in the western part of the country, and the rate for young people exceeds 35 per cent.