USAID is working with the Libyan people to build a democratic and prosperous future. USAID partners with the Libyan government and civil society to address acute post-conflict governance challenges and provide services to the Libyan people.
In the aftermath of the Libyan revolution, USAID programs focus on strengthening a Libyan transition to a stable democracy. This includes supporting civil society and media organizations to inform the public about political transition processes; building links between the government and its citizens and to promote justice, reconciliation and economic opportunity. USAID is particularly focused on engaging marginalized populations, including youth, women and minorities, and increasing opportunities for their voices and interests to be heard and considered in decision-making that will shape Libya’s future.
USAID is committed to supporting Libyans as they navigate their democratic transition. USAID continues to support fair and effective electoral, political and governing processes in Libya by providing technical assistance to the High National Election Commission, the Judiciary, the General National Congress and locally elected officials to help them fulfill their responsibilities and communicate more effectively with Libyan citizens. USAID is also helping to strengthen the ability of civil society to engage fellow citizens and decision makers on key issues, such as transitional justice and reconciliation and working to promote the peaceful reintegration of former revolutionaries. As the country moves toward the next milestone of drafting a new constitution, USAID is working with the government and civil society to ensure that the Libyan people are informed and engaged in the process. To support national reconciliation, USAID is bringing together local council, religious, tribal and other community leaders to discuss how they can help their communities resolve long-standing conflicts.
Justice and Security
USAID helps Libyans mitigate conflict by promoting better understanding among those involved in justice and civilian security at the local and national levels. For example, USAID is supporting Libyan efforts to understand and manage contentious problems such as housing, land and property-rights-related issues, including the development of a manual on principles and practices of alternative dispute resolution for housing, land and property rights conflicts that can be used by leaders and activists in their communities.
USAID has supported the wounded victims of the revolution since the fall of 2011. USAID helped lead U.S. government efforts to coordinate the medical evacuation of injured revolutionary fighters to the United States for treatment paid for by the Government of Libya. USAID also facilitated relationships between the Libyan Government and U.S.-based medical supply companies for the resupply of emergency medicines and medical equipment during the critical period just after the revolution. This helped ensure Libya’s wounded warriors and other citizens had access to much-needed medical treatment. Now, USAID is working with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and the Ministry of Wounded and Missing (MoWM) to improve rehabilitative healthcare services in Libya, specifically for those wounded in the conflict. Support to the MoSA involves building the capacity of the Swani Rehabilitation Center, including training in skills that can benefit other rehabilitation centers in Tripoli and around the country. Support to the MoWM involves development of the ministry’s strategy and structure to ensure its success. In addition, USAID is working with the ministries to develop relationships with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S.-based rehabilitation facilities.
USAID’s women's economic empowerment program offers business skills training, mentorship and local and regional networking opportunities to help women-managed small and medium enterprises start and grow. It will also offer small grants to support women-run businesses to provide the seed capital needed to help women advance their businesses to the next level. USAID is also providing U.S.-based diaspora entrepreneurs with seed capital and technical assistance through a business plan competition to help start or expand businesses in Libya.
In response to the complex emergency in Libya in 2011, USAID contributed nearly $29 million of the approximately $90 million in humanitarian assistance provided by the United States. USAID distributed emergency relief supplies, including food, water and emergency trauma kits, to conflict-affected and vulnerable populations. USAID also supported emergency health activities and supported the World Health Organization’s emergency health response. USAID initiatives through Mercy Corps and the International Medical Corps ensured that critical health care services remained available throughout the conflict, including nurses and training for Libyan nurses, to keep field hospitals and trauma centers operational.
Last updated: September 11, 2013