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

Bolstering governance responsiveness to support a more stable and unified Libya.


Despite Libya’s promising success in post-Arab Spring elections, the country’s political divisions at both the national and local levels ultimately derailed the transition roadmap and led to the degradation of state authority. The U.N.-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) offers a pathway to consolidate institutions of the state and achieve a sustainable peace for the Libyan people. However, the spoilers are many, and the GNA is inundated with a number of crises including shrinking state revenue, internally displaced person (IDP) flows, as well as the proliferation of smuggling networks, militias and foreign fighters. As such, the government struggles to provide services to the people.


USAID/OTI bolsters U.S. Government efforts in support of a more stable, unified and democratic Libya. Currently, the Libya Transition Initiative (LTI) is operating 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 increase credibility and confidence in national and local governance. Illustrative activities include support to:

  • Local authorities’ ability to carry out governance functions; and
  • Boosting governance bodies’ public outreach capacities.


USAID/OTI’s recent successes capitalize on more than five years of programming in-country and relationships with more than 160 local partners:

  • Enabling municipal councils across the country to conduct high-visibility community service projects including clean-up campaigns, traffic light installation, sidewalk repair, school and public facilities rehabilitations, and park maintenance. These efforts open pathways for coordination and representation to national ministries, as well as opportunities for ongoing  and participatory engagement with constituents.
  • Through this assistance to governance bodies, further inspiring and mobilizing civil society contributions as expressions of support for  the authorities’ relevant and timely responses to community needs.
  • Providing outreach training for public bodies, and facilitating the GNA’s opportunities for engagement with key messengers, including media outlets and civil society leaders to ensure the newly-established government can effectively engage with its constituents.
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Last updated: November 03, 2016

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