About eya chemli

Eya is a Tunisian young professional with three years of experience in profit and nonprofit sectors in areas including private sector development, capacity building , foreign and domestic investment promotion, fundraising, and event planning. She is actively involved in diverse social initiatives, programs, and organizations such as World Youth Alliance, Generations for Peace, and MENA Leadership Academy . Her social issues areas are economic development, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and youth empowerment. She enjoys playing piano, hiking, and she is passionate about animal welfare and animal rescue.

Soft Skills Development for Youth Employment?

The report summarizes areas of consensus regarding soft skills from the perspective of the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG), a network of donors- including USAID, Master Card Foundation, and ILO-  working together to generate and share more and better evidence-based knowledge on what works in the field of youth employment.


Results Based Financing- an alternative to enhanced development results?

Several international donors such as USAID, the World Bank, as well as developing country governments are facing significant challenges in identifying which programs deliver the best results at the best prices. Cost Effectiveness has become a major issue for donors. To that extent, many have embraced the exploration of innovative funding models that incentivize improved results for instance Results Based Financing.

What is Results Based Financing?

The RBF models, contrary to traditional financing approaches, link payment to results (output/ outcome) of the social program implemented. The concept is very simple and is conditioned by the following:

The power of the unexpected !


Nine months ago, I was flying from Tunisia to start this Fellowship with a pre-determined plan. As a naturally anxious person, making plans and sort of having a TO DO list for this year helped me a lot in my decision of quitting my job, leaving my family and friends for the unknown. I felt it was necessary for me to anticipate the professional and social activities that I would undertake during my Fellowship period. I planned to improve X skill, to come back with an offer from an international organization, planned to travel and even set a list of cities I will visit. I planned to catch up with old friends from university living here that I haven’t seen since few years … (I am not going to expose all the plans I did because it would be an endless blog)

Tribute to Tahar Haddad, the Tunisian man who stood for women


Tunisia has been at the forefront of women’s rights in the Arab world for decades,, dating back to the country’s founding. When talking about women situation, all the praise usually goes to Habib Bourguiba, first President after the independence that implemented the Code of Personal Status, guaranteeing some of the widest protections of women rights at that time.

We unfortunately tend to forget about less recognized yet powerful figures of women advancement such as Tahar Haddad.

This blog is a tribute to Haddad, a revolutionary feminist male thinker that helped shape modern Tunisian society and that deserves to be known and praised.

Happy Women Day Tunisia!

Yesterday, August 13 was Tunisia Women Day. Yesterday, we were celebrating decades of fight to advance the women status. We were celebrating the determination of every single Tunisian mom, sister, daughter … to educate their children, to work as hard or even harder than men, to claim their rights in times where these rights were forbidden, to proof themselves at work and at home regardless of societal and cultural judgments, to be the pillar of the family, and to be the confident and accomplished person that they are. In celebration of this day, here are some historical dates related to the advancement of women status in Tunisia

Four things I learned from working on unemployment issue!



Prior to joining the Atlas Corps Fellowship, I was working on an economic development project that aimed to expand employment in Tunisia. I enjoyed every single day of this experience because it provided me with the chance to tackle an economic and social problem my country is facing “Unemployment”.

Away from long macro economic reports with technical words, data, and figures that only an economist can understand. I wanted to share in a very simple and non-exhaustive way four things I learned about unemployment roots and solutions. I will be speaking about Tunisia case, but the points mentioned below are most likely to be applicable to many other developing countries.

2 months as an Atlas Corps Fellow!

This week marks my two months Fellow-anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the past weeks have gone.

When I first landed in DC in May to start my journey in the US, I was excited and anxious at the same time. I knew this year was going to be different in so many ways. I had doubts because leaving home, family and friends is never easy but I was definitely ready to embrace change, constantly keeping in mind the famous quote of Lily Leung “When in doubt, choose change.”