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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: since 2012 and ongoing
  • Country: Tunisia
  • Partners: Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Tataouine Vocational Training Center, Higher Institute for Technological Studies, UNDP, Local NGOs
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4- Quality education, 8-Decent work and economic growth, 10-Reduced inequalities, 17-Partnerships for the goals


  • Enhance employability through vocational and self-employment training
  • Motivate young people through promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment
  • Invest in local economic development and improve livelihood of local communities through market-oriented skills development


The Skills to Succeed program in Tataouine (South Tunisia) aims to improve employability and income generation of the local community through training on vocational and self-employment, and entrepreneurship. The program that was implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International (November 2012 – June 2017) in close cooperation with the local authorities, educational institutions and experts has been transformed into a local NGO "Skills to Succeed Organization".

This organization was created in the interest of sustaining the effort to engage local community leaders as board members and to offer the opportunity to other donors to fund activities.

Vocational Training: Addressing unemployment problems through skill development

“Skills to Succeed” started a successful welding and pipefitting training program where carefully selected participants were trained and certified. Students were also offered HSSE, English language, soft skills and entrepreneurship training. Building on the success of this project, the training programs were also offered to unemployed university graduates.

“Skills to Succeed” will continue to Focus on the development of small businesses within selected value chains of Tataouine’s agriculture, industry, eco-tourism, and arts and crafts. Through entrepreneurship training, business planning assistance, and monitoring and mentoring, “Skills to Succeed” assists aspiring business owners in improving the efficiency of input, production, processing, and marketing.

Furthermore, a strategic planning training was established helping NGOs to formulate a strategy on how to best achieve goals and how to define an operational plan for five years. NGOs as well as local authorities are also offered a number of training opportunities and are regularly consulted in a participatory approach to design solutions, addressing issues related to the “Skills to Succeed” programs and projects.