WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

2022 Tunisia Systematic Country Diagnostic: An Old Wine in a New Bottle?

In response criticism by some that its efforts to reduce poverty in developing countries have been met with mixed results, the World Bank introduced the “Systematic Country Diagnostic” (SCD) to identify challenges and opportunities for poverty reduction. However, the recommendations in the SCD for Tunisia’s economic and social tensions remain in line with the first SAPs, despite changes that have taken place over the last decade. This note reviews the main challenges identified in the report and critically addresses the World Bank’s recommendations, highlighting the need for more to be done to fight poverty and inequality in Tunisia.