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Strengthening conditions that enable a peaceful political transition that produces a sovereign, stable, and unified Libya.


WHY USAID/OTI IS IN LIBYA

After nearly a decade of recurring, violent conflict, Libya is experiencing a transformative moment. Key recent events include a nationwide ceasefire, the signing of the Joint Military Commission action plan for the withdrawal of foreign forces, and an ongoing political transition, including through presidential and parliamentary elections. Despite the positive momentum, internal and external threats risk undermining progress, including the continued presence of violent extremist groups and malign foreign actors. The U.S. Government (USG) is committed to helping Libya become a sovereign, stable, unified, and prosperous state.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN LIBYA

Since 2011, USAID/OTI’s Libya Transition Initiative has partnered with government institutions, civil society organizations, and grassroots change agents to implement targeted, timely, and locally-driven projects that address evolving national needs, in support of USG foreign policy priorities. With a nationwide presence, USAID/OTI currently strengthens the conditions to enable a peaceful political transition, through activities that:

  • Maintain stability in strategic areas by addressing grievances that threaten the political process; 

  • Preserve momentum toward positive political change through support to electoral institutions and increasing citizen interest and ability to participate in the electoral process; and,

  • Strengthen conditions for national unity and reconciliation through expanding the reach of unified institutions and citizen support for bridging regional divides. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OTI provided 14 government-branded fire trucks to the Ministry of Interior’s National Safety Authority (NSA), the institution responsible for first response and emergency preparedness nationally, which were distributed to their local branches across the country. This strengthened the NSA's emergency response capacity, helped address related community grievances, and highlighted the benefits of a unified government to provide public needs.

  • USAID/OTI outfitted the High National Election Commission (HNEC) Elections Security Chamber with IT and office equipment to strengthen their ability to monitor and coordinate responses to electoral security threats. USAID/OTI also provided the Civil Registry Authority with software systems and IT equipment to improve its national ID database management, strengthening its coordination with HNEC to print voter cards and combat election fraud.  

  • USAID/OTI partnered with the Ubari Municipal Council to provide solar power units to maintain airport functionality during frequent power outages, resuming domestic and international flights. These efforts helped to integrate historically marginalized areas in southern Libya with the rest of the country, physically bridging regional divides and illustrating local authorities' responsiveness to community needs.

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Last updated: December 23, 2021

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