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Democracy and Governance

Libyan activists gather in Djerba to participate in CEPPS/IFES' Disability Action Plan Roundtable.
Libyan activists gather in Djerba to participate in CEPPS/IFES' Disability Action Plan Roundtable.

USAID assistance helps to strengthen Libyan national and local government institutions, rule of law, the constitutional process, and elections and voter education. Despite the political conflict, USAID continues to provide an array of targeted assistance to build support for and enhance confidence in a stable, democratic Libyan government.  This includes support for credible, transparent and inclusive electoral, political, and governing processes in Libya.  USAID is helping to strengthen the ability of civil society and citizens to participate in the creation and adoption of a new constitution and the conduct of fair and peaceful elections, as well as helping make citizens’ voices heard in the decisions of their government.  In areas recovering from recent conflict, USAID is supporting community reconciliation and recovery through community engagement and municipal council strengthening. 

Democratic Transition

Nationwide, USAID is supporting Libya in its efforts at building effective national institutions that respond to community needs, strengthening public outreach, and creating social and economic conditions necessary for Libyans’ well-being. In addition, USAID is providing assistance to civil society organizations regarding their role in the political process and as democratic activists.  This includes working with marginalized groups such as women, youth, and ethnic minorities.

National Dialogue, the Constitution, and Human Rights

USAID, partnering with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), continues to support national dialogue and consensus building among different segments of Libyan society.  USAID supports the work of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) with expert legal professionals and by supporting the input of women’s rights activists, the disabled community, and other minority groups into the drafting process.  USAID is also supporting communication and outreach efforts nationwide regarding the draft constitution and its contents and other civic topics of discussion to build public awareness and a more engaged citizenry.  Finally, USAID works with the Ministry of Justice on training and capacity building for judges and prosecutors on human rights, pre-trail detention, and transitional justice issues.

Transparent and Inclusive Electoral Process

USAID, along with its partners, provides election related technical support and advice to Libyan government institutions including the High National Electoral Commission, on voter registration and education, electoral dispute resolution, and out-of-country voting.  Additionally, USAID increases access and awareness for people with disabilities in the electoral process and is assisting electoral legislation.

Municipal Governance

USAID works in 17 municipalities in Libya covering 75% of the population, and supports nascent municipal councils to become more capable of fulfilling their roles and responsibilities in addressing constituents’ concerns.  USAID also helps local government to increase revenue generation and build linkages with national-level government bodies to make decision-making more inclusive.

Last updated: July 24, 2019

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