Libya

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


WHY USAID/OTI IS IN LIBYA

More than eight years after the revolution in February 2011, Libya is a fractured state that continues to experience civil conflict. National and local governance institutions struggle with legitimacy, capacity, and fragmentation; public service delivery is inconsistent; a liquidity crisis undermines the economy; insecurity is rife; and violent extremist groups remain a threat. The U.S. Government recognizes the dangers that continued instability poses to North Africa and the Mediterranean, and is committed to helping Libya become a stable, unified, and prosperous state.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN LIBYA

USAID/OTI’s Libya Transition Initiative (LTI) implements targeted, timely, and locally-driven projects across the country. The strategic goals underlying these projects have evolved alongside Libya’s changing circumstances. Today, LTI works to advance stability and prevent further deterioration by strengthening conditions that will enable political compromise. LTI implements projects across the country to serve three
objectives to:

  • Address pressing community grievances and restore basic services to build or maintain stability in strategic, conflict-affected areas;
  • Preserve civilian institutions to carry out their basic functions so they continue to exist and provide alternatives to military actors; and,
  • Strengthen the momentum of moderate actors (e.g. civil society and local government) to advance political transition and compromise.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

USAID/OTI’s recent work capitalizes on over eight years of programming and serves as a force multiplier with other USAID programs. Examples include:

  • Contributed to Sirte's stabilization post-liberation from the Islamic State, with over $11 million in early recovery assistance focused on building operational capacity of key recovery institutions and addressing immediate service delivery needs;
  • Supported the High National Election Commission's rapid operational recovery after an Islamic State (IS) attack on its headquarters in May 2018 by providing temporary office space, generators, and furniture;
  • Provided targeted assistance to marginalized communties, like Bani Walid, so that these communities are included into national-level structures and services; and,
  • Mitigated the risk of security vacuums forming in the south by providing emergency response and service-delivery assistance to address grievances of conflict-affected communities.
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Last updated: January 16, 2020

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