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 Libyan uprising brought an end to the 42-year reign of Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi. Despite the promising success of elections in 2012, political divisions in 2014 ultimately derailed the transition roadmap and resulted in two rival governments. Libya’s national-level conflict is overlaid upon a complex series of persistent local-level conflicts, fueled by the remnants of revolution-era militias. In addition to the degradation of state authority, Libya suffers from the increasing proliferation of violent extremism. Together, these forces inhibit the realization of a sustainable peace for the Libyan people.

USAID/OTI’S Role in Libya

USAID/OTI bolsters U.S. Government efforts to support the process toward a more stable, unified and democratic Libya. The Libya Transition Initiative (LTI)
operates on a theory of change that government responsiveness to the needs of communities earns credibility. To achieve this, LTI leverages timely and locally
driven activities that 1) increase credibility and confidence in national governance, and 2) increase confidence in local governance. Illustrative activities include
support to:

  • National unity campaigns, especially those driven by civil society and local leaders;
  • Local authorities’ ability to carry out governance functions; and
  • Boosting governance bodies’ public outreach capacities.

Program Highlights

USAID/OTI’s recent successes capitalize on 4+ years of programming in-country and relationships with over 160 local partners:

  • Establishing 13 information centers across Libya, which are valuable platforms for interaction and engagement in isolated and politically marginalized communities;
  • Working with municipal councils across the country to conduct highly visible community park rehabilitations. This effort connects local authorities with marginalized constituencies and opens pathways for continued community engagement. It also promotes local governance’s relationships with national ministries and provides avenues for the national government to reach back to communities; and
  • Bolstering locally driven public outreach campaigns in support of national unity. The campaign’s social media portal enjoys a wide reach, with content reaching about one million Libyan users weekly.

 

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Last updated: May 27, 2016

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