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Integrated program for the development of the Sahara and southern Tunisia


Initiative timeframe: 1999/2016

Total initiative costs

€ 48,372,329.56
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 48,372,329.56


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Rjim Maatoug Tataouine Sfax Nefta Sidi Bouzid Kairouan Siliana Zaghouan

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The program consists in the supply of goods services and works for projects in various priority fields such as rural development, natural resources conservation, social development. The Program was approved in 1989 and, up to date, 9 projects have been financed for an amount of about USD 63 millions. The program aims to contribute to sustainable economic and social development of Saharan regions and southern Tunisia. Three initiatives are currently ongoing: i) Rehabilitation and Creation of date palm grove in the region of Rjim Maatoug-Phase II (19 million USD) ii) Capacity Building of the South Development Office - Phase II (2 million EUR) iii) Construction of two dams in Sfax (8.7 million EUR) read more close

Main outcome

Improvement of conditions of the social environment Institutional Capacity Building Human Resource Improvement Improvement of conditions of the physical environment Improvement of conditions in the economic environment

Initiative data

Initiative number 003317
Purpose Agricultural water resources
Sector III.1.a. Agriculture, Total


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority Ministry of Development , Investment and International Cooperation
Other financiers -


Institutions and people of southern Tunisia



Status Ongoing
Type Technical Assistance/Consultancy and related expenses
Procedure Competitive Bidding
Procurement notice Tender preparation

Tunisian Government

Status Ongoing
Type Works, Supply, Services
Procedure Competitive Bidding
Procurement notice Tender preparation