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. Robust civilian governance 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 national government 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 extremist groups.


Currently, the Libya Transition Initiative (LTI) is operating on a theory of change that government responsiveness to the needs of communities earns credibility, which supports U.S. foreign policy objectives for a stable and unified Libya. LTI also assumes that more robust civilian governance, along with local level reconciliation processes, will counter the influence of extremist groups, and encourage recovery and return to normalcy in areas previously under extremist control. To achieve this, LTI leverages timely and locally driven activities that support:

  • Local authorities’ ability to carry out governance functions; 
  • Boosting governance bodies’ public outreach capacities; and
  • Community cohesion support though community dialogues and other reconciliation initiatives, as well as training to enable communities and practitioners to recognize and address drivers of violent extremism.


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 that 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; and
  • Reinforcing family-based approaches to countering violent extremism and supporting the reconciliation of local conflicts that extremist groups have exploited in the past.
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Last updated: February 14, 2017

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