USAID Business Reform and Competitiveness Project (USAID/BRCP)
This USAID-financed project rapidly expanded employment in Tunisia by partnering with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase productivity, catalyze sales and exports, and generate jobs.
Through a comprehensive approach that targeted both the firm and value-chain levels, we facilitated the generation of more than 23,500 full-time jobs at an average cost of just $878 per job.
23,500+ full-time jobs created/matched
3,800 loans facilitated
265 career/enterprise days organized
350+ businesses received technical assistance and/or on-the-job training
In close collaboration with government and private organizations, we worked across multiple institutional levels to:
- Promote rapid job growth across networks of partner SMEs.
- Strengthen the capacity of training and educational institutions to respond to labor-market demand trends.
- Increase SME access-to-finance through two-way collaboration with businesses and progressive financial institutions.
- Develop institutional support platforms with public- and private-sector counterparts to improve logistics and export capabilities.
- Support policy reform in key areas impacting employability and SME development.
The project demonstrated that there is high potential for scalable, cost-effective employment generation at the enterprise level.
- 23,521 full-time jobs generated at an average cost of $878 per job.
- 350+ enterprises received technical assistance and/or on-the-job training.
- Equity and credit capital facilitated in 18 deals that amounted to $42 million .
- 11 enterprises reached with over $23 million in foreign direct investment (FDI).
- 3,800 loans facilitated, $9 million deal flow.
- 73 career center networks created and assisted; 55 career center counselors trained.
- 11 job fairs and 265 career/enterprise days organized.