Madinatouna project concludes with the finalisation of six City Development Strategies in Tunisia
In the final conference held in Tunis on the 24th and 25th September, Madinatouna project presented its results after more than one and a half year of work for the elaboration of city development strategies in 9 Tunisian cities.
The conference brought together the mayors and technical representatives of the 9 cities involved in the project, the implementing partners, such as UNDP, GiZ, MedCities, CILG-VNGi and the National Federation of Tunisian Cities, relevant national institutions such as the Ministry of Local Affairs and international donors.
Launched as part of the Country Program of Cities Alliance, the project concluded with the elaboration of six City Development Strategies (CDS), concerning the cities of Gabès, Kairouan, Beja, Sidi Bouzid, Tataouine and Medenine, while 3 more are currently being finalized for the cities of M'Saken, Jendouba and Soukra. The conference was an excellent opportunity to debate about the future of strategic planning in Tunisia and the continuation of the work done under Madinatouna, especially regarding the implementation of the Strategies, the networking and exchange of experiences among the participating parties and the strengthening of their technical capacities.
MedCities has been very actively involved in this project since its preparation, at the aftermath of the completion of the CDS of Sousse under the methodological guidance of MedCities and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. This exercise of participatory strategic planning generated the vast interest of national and local institutions in Tunisia, who saw in MedCities' methodology the opportunity to mobilise local actors towards a common vision for the sustainable development of their city. As the partner responsible for the methodology, MedCities worked together with the rest of the partners to adapt it to the needs of the municipalities in a moment of decentralization and enhanced competences.
Furthermore, MedCities accompanied the cities of Gabès and Kairouan in the elaboration of their Strategies, which we proudly present.