promote sustainable economic
growth and job creation
The Carthage Institute is a nonprofit economic advisory organization that implements economic development programs in the Southern Mediterranean region.
The institute provides institutional strengthening to business associations / chambers of commerce, supports entrepreneurship development programs (in particular mentoring and access to markets and finance) and fosters a culture of economic advocacy.
- Assemble a strong network of professionals, scholars, researchers, practitioners, diaspora leaders in the US and the Southern Mediterranean region towards providing support and expertise to strengthen the region’s economic development;
- Foster a culture of economic advocacy through research, networking, and knowledge and opportunity exchange;
- Build the capacity of institutional, private, and nonprofit stakeholders in relevant areas such as entrepreneurship, education, economic development, policy reform etc.;
To promote sustainable economic growth and job creation in Tunisia and the southern Mediterranean region by ensuring better access to information, enhanced institutional capacity, improved governance, increased Public Private Partnerships and sustained reforms.
The Carthage Institute leverages the capacity of Southern Mediterranean diasporas in playing an active role in creating economic opportunities in their country of origin.
Diasporas bring unique understanding, relationships and long term care for its country of origin and when associated with internationally recognized scholars/international development professionals can foster private sector development, bring best practices that can be catered to the country of origin and that enabled a lasting sustainable economic impact
For example, the Tunisian diaspora in the United States has acquired a strong understanding and expertise and have the potential to contribute to economic, institutional and intellectual growth in Tunisia. The Carthage institute is the platform that brings together this diaspora towards a common goal, ensuring knowledge and opportunities exchange, capacity building, outreach and advocacy. .
The Carthage Institute initiative stresses on the importance of engaging diaspora in an effective and sustainable manner and is meant to create a continuous economic improvement process that will last well beyond any donors funded economic development program timeline.
At the Carthage Institute, we believe that a robust private sector is the cornerstone of resilient economies and stable countries.
CI strengthens businesses and public and private institutions. We work in the areas of investment, trade, information communication technologies, financial services, handicrafts and tourism, public sector and business enabling environment.
Our project aim at providing:
- Better access to information, in particular US best practices in areas related to economic and business development, education, entrepreneurship, corporate governance … through research, advocacy, and outreach
- Increased and sustained engagement of southern Mediterranean diaspora in the US at the national and local level in their countries of origin
Our leaders and staff have been implementing economic development initiatives in areas related to economic growth, workforce development, education, and policy reforms.
The Southern Mediterranean Region has the potential to become one of the world’s most competitive regions. The region can capitalize on its strengths and make the most of its diversity to stimulate innovation, build a strong pool of skilled labor and foster entrepreneurship. While the political situation remains fragile in the region, a deep spirit of co-operation and integration exists within the private sector from Rabat to Beirut and can pave the way to set up ambitious governance frameworks to pursue economic development objectives jointly. Diaspora has a fundamental role to play including piloting cooperation models between various Southern Mediterranean diaspora private sector leaders residing in the same country. Yet major challenges at the local level lie ahead in particular in conflict zones and post Arab Spring transition countries, where economic transition still needs to be accompanied by more innovative strategic planning, new forms of governance and dynamic civic entrepreneurship. Policies will need to be made more adaptable and capacities will need to be strengthened if prosperity and living standards are to increase on the Southern Mediterranean
Fortunately, the Southern Mediterranean Region includes some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs and policy thinkers. From Tunisia to Egypt to Jordan, the Region possesses a breadth of talent, experience in facilitating policy co-ordination, adjusting policy to local conditions and involving business and civil society in shaping policy measures. There is a great deal that these countries can learn from each other in setting up partnerships and other forms of governance. The learning process has already started, with Tunisia becoming a unique laboratory for political transition and currently undertaking major economic reforms. The Carthage Institute has been analyzing the new developments in the Southern Mediterranean States to provide suggestions on how to speed up this progress.
Carthage Institute team
CO-FOUNDER / PRESIDENT
CO-FOUNDER / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVISOR
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
ACCESS TO FINANCE, JOB CREATION
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT
SME DEVELOPMENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SME DEVELOPMENT ,INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING
PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY