The Libyan and Tunisian border municipalities have increasingly undertaken institutionalised and structured relationships through the activities of the EU funded ''Libya Local Governance and Stabilisation Programme''.
Through these activities, the municipality officials raised their understanding for the need to defend their common interests within their central and local spheres.
As Libyan municipal councils have only one woman representative, it has not been always easy for them to appear in front of a male dominated council and defend their ideas or to present their projects to national actors. Zitouna Moamer, a woman councillor from Zouara was trained on techniques of advocacy and public speaking, in front of the participants and is now better prepared to present and defend her ideas.
“Now that we are familiar with the lobbying techniques, we will use them to facilitate the ownership of our future projects, especially the Citizen Service Office”, according to Fathi Charrad communication officer in the municipality of Zolten.
This training took place on the 24th and 25th of April 2018 in Djerba with the presence of 32 participants who represent the municipal council, the local administration and the civil society of the 4 Libyan municipalities of Nalut, Wazen, Zolten and Zouara and the 2 Tunisian municipalities of Dehiba and Benguerdene. It has reinforced the competencies of councillors, civil servants and CSO activists in terms of communication, advocacy and lobbying. This activity is part of the Libya Local Governance and Stabilisation Programme, implemented by CILG-VNG International and funded by the European Union, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.