End of April 2018, the Tripoli Centre municipality in Libya launched its refurbished and freshly trained GIS (geographical information system) unit. This is one of the concrete projects of our local government support programme in Libya, funded by the European Commission and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our Libyan and Tunisian colleagues worked very hard to achieve this under challenging circumstances.
GIS units matter because local government decision making needs to be evidence-based, in addition to the political and social considerations. Accountability only works if both the demands of citizens and the response of local governments are based on points that both sides acknowledge as acceptable and real. The more divided and fragile local society is, the more important this becomes. Maps and data are helpful in getting this conversation going. That is why we are proud to have contributed to the Tripoli Centre municipality’s GIS unit.