Social Protection Country Profile: Tunisia - ESCWA

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ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDD/2016/CP.1


Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Inclusive development, Future of employment

Initiatives: Reforming social protection systems

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords: Disability, Disability benefits, Health insurance, Health policy, Health programmes, National health insurance, Old age benefits, Pension schemes, Public welfare, Social safety nets, Social security, Social security contributions, Social security legislation, Social welfare, Subsidies, Survivors benefits, Tunisia, Unemployment insurance

Social Protection Country Profile: Tunisia

January 2016

This report presents a comprehensive profile of social protection in Tunisia including pensions, healthcare, cash transfers, housing and food and energy subsidies. Social protection in Tunisia is well developed and it offers several forms of protection against social shocks through social insurance, social assistance programmes and social healthcare.

Building on this strong foundation, the social protection system could be improved to address further challenges following the uprisings of 2011. It could target inequalities in geographical coverage, strengthen governance and provide more comprehensive social insurance and unemployment benefits. Current steps towards a unified national registry will contribute to the expansion of social protection by enhancing targeting, coordination and efficiency.

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