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  • Start: May 2016
  • Country: Tunisia
  • Partners: ETAP, Nawara Contractors (ABB, BIMS and MSBI), local authorities and civil society  
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4- Quality Education, 8- Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10- Reduce Inequalities


  • Addressing unemployment through promotion of self-employment
  • Improving capacity of local companies to provide business services
  • Improving quality of life for communities around operations
  • Maintaining the social license to operate by contributing to local socio-economic development


Communities in the Nawara operating areas in South Tunisia (Gabes, Kebili, Medenine, and Tataouine) experience various socioeconomic challenges, of which high unemployment rates (especially among females and university graduates) are of biggest concern. Jobs available at the Nawara Project could not address the very high unemployment among local communities. Communities also suffered from weak infrastructure and difficult access to basic services especially in remote areas. Therefore, the Nawara CSR project focuses on addressing the employment and social infrastructure availability gaps through three main streams of activities:

  • Business Capacity Building program which aims to provide a platform for local development of (or increase in) knowledge, quality of service delivery, management, technology, skills, and other capabilities of local businesses through training support. The program has already been handed over to a regional business support organization to ensure continuity of support to emerging businesses.

  • Regional Development and Civil Society initiative, which aims to empower civil society associations in South Tunisia. 76 NGOs were trained in project management. Funding was provided to 42 NGOs for small projects following grant proposal competitions to implement projects that serve different needs of communities in areas around Nawara Project, mainly in education, special needs care, agriculture and job creation.

  • Employability and Self-Employment initiative aims to address the grave unemployment problem. A Program of Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training – the “TAHADDI” Program was launched. TAHADDI is Arabic for “challenge”. This program aims to offer subcontractors’ demobilized workers’, as well as the unemployed community members of Tataouine, a path to alternative employment or self-employment. 100 beneficiaries benefit from entrepreneurship training, seed money, and post-business creation coaching. Another 60 are able to participate in certified trainings in domestic gas installation, or scaffolding.
  • Start: May 2015 – May 2018
  • Country: Tunisia
  • Partners: ENI, ETAP and MEDCO, Regional representations of Ministries, Tataouine Medical Association, local Microcredit Associations, Municipalities, local authorities
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3- Good health and well-being, 4- Quality Education, 6- Clean water and sanitation, 7- Affordable and Clean Energy, 8- Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10- reduced inequalities, 15- Life on Land, 17-Partnerships for the Goals


  • Improving local economy and boosting SMEs by promoting entrepreneurship and supporting local business support and funding institutions
  • Improve life quality for communities by supporting local public services and delivering infrastructure projects in Education, Health and drinkable water access
  • Promoting the region as a destination of authentic tourism in South Tunisia through renovation, reconstruction and marketing of historical sites and museums


Tataouine is a South Tunisia region recognized of its highest unemployment rate, weak economy and public services infrastructure, local communities suffered from various socioeconomic challenges, in particular:

  • Extremely high unemployment rates especially among females and university graduates
  • Inadequate infrastructure and poor community services
  • Lack of access to quality education and training as well as adequate entrepreneurship financing and income generation support

The Joint Oil Companies CSR Program is a community development program co-funded by OMV in partnership with ENI, ETAP and MEDCO. The program consists of three main components:

  • Entrepreneurship - Private Sector Development including microcredit, and small & medium size business projects
  • Support program for NGOs to contribute to improving their capacity to deliver services and addressing committee needs in medical, environmental, special needs, cultural, and unemployed associations  
  • Infrastructure Support for non-government budgeted needs in agriculture, tourism, culture & youth, and education sectors. The main beneficiaries of the project are unemployed, disadvantaged community members, school students, farmers and the community at large.
  • Start: September 2012 to June 2016, since 2016 an independent local NGO
  • Country: Tunisia
  • Partners: Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Tataouine Vocational Training Center, Higher Institute for Technological Studies, Tunisian Banks (BTS, BFPME), local NGOs
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1- No Poverty, 4- Quality Education, 5- Gender Equality, 8- Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10- Reduced Inequalities, 15- Life on Land, 17- Partnerships for the Goals


  • Enhance economic opportunities through income generation, capacity building and employability programs
  • Boost local economic development and improve livelihood of local communities through market-oriented skills development and vocational training
  • Build civil society capacities to serve community needs


After the Tunisian revolution, an instable social and economic environment dominated in Tataouine in South Tunisia. The region was facing the highest unemployment rate in the country (~ 50%) and a lack of startup businesses due to limited access to financial resources. Therefore, OMV Tunisia implemented the comprehensive community development program “Skills to Succeed”. The program delivered:

  • Vocational Training: successfully trained more than 150 unemployed people in welding, pipefitting, plastering, HSSE, English language and other soft skills. During the project period a welding and a gypsum laboratory was also established in the Tataouine Vocational Training Centre.
  • Entrepreneurship: entrepreneurship training and mentoring offered to more than 1.300 beneficiaries, generating more than 360 new jobs.
  • Social Entrepreneurship: advanced local businesses capacities and cooperation, while also encouraging inclusion of women in social and economic life.
  • Capacity Building for NGOs: coached NGOs and local organizations in efficient management and strategy planning.

The “Skills to Succeed” project has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the OMV Diamond Award and the Oliver Kinross Africa Oil & Gas Award in 2013, as well as the Austrian TRIGOS Award in 2015.

After four years of activity, the “Skills to Succeed” continues to work as a local socioeconomic development NGO to sustain the community development effort undertaken so far. Furthermore, the project also supports the implementation of the TAHADDI program, which provides vocational training and small projects for around 160 beneficiaries.