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Our Work

Overview

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.   In the aftermath of the Libyan revolution, USAID programs focus on bolstering key political and economic elements of  Libya’s transition to a stable, prosperous democracy. The programs include emphasis on supporting civil society and media organizations to inform the public about political transition processes; building links between the government and its citizens and promoting 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 in critical decision-making processes that will shape Libya’s future.    

Programs

Democratic Transition

USAID is helping Libyans as they navigate their transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic system. USAID continues to support credible, transparent and inclusive electoral, political and governing processes in Libya. It provides technical assistance on electoral processes to the High National Election Commission, the Judiciary, and on representative responsibilities to 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 priority issues, such as transitional justice and reconciliation and working to promote the peaceful reintegration of former revolutionaries. In support of Libyan’s transition, since 2011, USAID/OTI has implemented 192 activities and organized trainings for 214 civil society organizations including training 32 government officials. In addition, USAID/OTI has distributed 394,041 outreach products, and supported 141 outreach campaigns. Through USAID/OTI-supported training, USAID has reached a total of 2,515 people, including 574 women. 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. USAID also helps Libyans mitigate conflict by promoting dialogue between those involved in justice and civilian security at the local and national levels.

Economic Development 

USAID is beginning a program to help the Libyan Government better manage public finances to support improved service delivery and economic development. This program will entail support to key national ministries and selected local governments for improved budget planning and execution, as well as strengthening public procurement processes for greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability. In the private sector, 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. Through this program, USAID has trained over 200 entrepreneurial women from Tripoli, Benghazi and Zawia on fundamental business skills within the first year. It will also offer small grants to provide the seed capital needed to help women advance their businesses to the next level. In addition, USAID is providing U.S.-based diaspora entrepreneurs with seed capital and technical assistance through a business plan competition to help them start or expand businesses in Libya.

Health

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 through training that builds the management and technical capacity of ministry staff. Support to the MoWM has involved development of the ministry’s strategy and structure to ensure its success, including training in skills 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.

Humanitarian Assistance 

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 12, 2014

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