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Building Self-Reliance through Strengthened Stability
July 23, 2019

Libya has a substantial natural resource base, abundant human capital, and access to potentially lucrative trade routes, but lack of national cohesion and purpose impedes its movement along the path to self-reliance.  The ongoing military stalemate risks plunging Libya into a prolonged civil conflict. Without greater stability in the security environment, economy, and civic life, Libyans will fail to reap the benefits of a transition to democracy and face further obstacles to trade and investment.

The Libya External Office Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Josh Harris speaks with participants at the Libya Women's Economic Empowerment Conference
July 23, 2019

On July 18-19, 2019, USAID/Libya convened a cross section of prominent Libyan business women, activists, and Libyan local government representatives for a Women’s Economic Empowerment conference in Tunis, Tunisia to discuss opportunities and constraints to entrepreneurship and political participation for women in Libya.

A Libyan woman submits her ballot at an election.
July 11, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports Libya’s transition to a more democratic and peaceful nation. USAID works with municipal councils, national government institutions, entrepreneurs, and a range of civil society groups, including those representing women, youth and marginalized communities, in their efforts to improve Libyan lives.

December 15, 2017

The USAID Asia and the Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices Project (AMEG) employment program recently completed a workforce development and enterprise competitiveness pilot activity. From June to August of 2017, business experts provided targeted technical training and support resources to a select group of Libyan firms in Tripoli and Sabha to enhance their competitiveness and growth capacity, and generate increased employment. The pilot project contributed to job growth in 16 private sector firms.

December 15, 2017

Libyans are working to decentralize basic services, to bring governance closer to the people. Key actors in this effort are the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), elected mayors and council-members, and municipal government staff. Recognizing the significant gaps in the legal framework for decentralization, USAID has begun a legislative drafting capacity building program with the MoLG’s legal office and municipal councils’ lawyers.

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Last updated: July 25, 2019

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