Libya

Gender Awareness Campaign - Female students lead a discussion in Tripoli
Gender Awareness Campaign - Female students lead a discussion in Tripoli
USAID

Strengthening the foundations for a sustainable peace and engaging citizens in transition processes, through youth empowerment and peacebuilding activities, with communities and grass roots civil societies.


Why USAID/OTI is in Libya

In 2011, the regime of Muammar Qadhafi responded to protests in eastern Libya with brutal violence, which led to a popular revolution that brought his 42-year reign to an end. Eight months after Qadhafi’s fall, Libya held its first national elections in a half century for a General National Congress (GNC) that oversaw the selection of a government and the development of a new constitution.

However, political divisions in 2014 derailed the transition roadmap and resulted in intense armed conflict between supporters of parallel state institutions. Libya’s transition has been undermined by rival alliances that have resorted to violence instead of democratic institutions to pursue their interests. Addressing Libya’s internal conflicts will strengthen the foundations on which to re-establish the political transition and ultimately contribute to a sustainable peace.

USAID/OTI’S Role in Libya

USAID/OTI Libya supports efforts for a credible and stable political transition. USAID/OTI currently focuses on peace building in order to address the root causes of the many conflicts in Libya that have undermined the transition. Addressing Libya’s internal conflicts will strengthen the foundations on which to re-establish the political transition and ultimately contribute to sustainable peace.

To achieve this, USAID/OTI partners with civil society organizations, local media outlets and relevant governing authorities to:

  • Address grievances and provide alternatives to fighting by increasing civic engagement of youth;
  • Strengthen voices for non-violence and dialogue; and
  • Identify and promote viable alternatives to conflict.

Program Highlights

USAID/OTI’s quick impact activities throughout Libya include:

  • Organizing a roundtable discussion between members of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) and Human Rights organizations focused on Libyan citizens’ rights in the constitution;
  • Increasing the reach and quality of peace messaging through the production and dissemination of such messaging and campaigns to strengthen local peace initiatives; and
  • Bringing communities and their local governments to work together to enhance civic action to improve local infrastructure and shore up government legitimacy.

 

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Last updated: April 22, 2015

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