Country Libya
Other countries Tunisia
Region Africa
Duration Start 1 April, 2018 till 31 March, 2021
Field of expertise Improving Access to Basic Services
Policy field(s) Public policy and planning
Local economic development
Public investment
Smart City / Urban planning
Water Management
Funding European Commission
Project code 11388
This action served as a reinforcement of the on-going Libya Local Governance and Stabilization Project (LGSP, 2015-2018), funded by the European Union (EU) with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by VNG International and the Centre for Innovative Local Governance (CILG-VNG International).

The Libyan unity government was not succeeding in consolidating its power over the entire country. Instead, the localised and fragmentising conflict over power and resources continued along fluid alliances of ideological, tribal and social connections. In the absence of a nationally recognized government, municipalities continued to represent a legitimate tier of government. However, after forty years of centralised governance under Qaddafi, local governance in Libya is very weak. The responsibilities assigned to the Libyan municipalities have generated a big need for capacity building to the benefit of the mayors, municipal councillors, municipal officers and active Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The need for implementation of municipal pilot projects becomes more than a necessity to support local governance, especially with the lack of budget allocated to these municipalities. This action served local governance and local accountability in zones that are relatively peaceful, with an approach we call 'state building from the bottom up', through the implementation of local pilot projects.

The wider objective of the project was: Contribute to strengthening and empowering local governance in Libya.

Specific objectives:
1 To improve planning and management capacities of municipalities in Libya;
2 To improve service delivery of municipalities in Libya.
3 To improve the practice of communication, transparency and accountability of municipalities in Libya.

The results of the project were:
R1: Targeted municipalities have improved management and planning capacities through the implementation of pilot projects.
R2: Targeted municipalities have improved local service delivery through the implementation of pilot projects.
R3: Targeted municipalities have improved communication, transparency and accountability through the implementation of pilot projects.