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Libyan activists gather in Djerba to participate in CEPPS/IFES' Disability Action Plan Roundtable.
Libyan activists gather in Djerba to participate in CEPPS/IFES' Disability Action Plan Roundtable.

The U.S government supports the aspirations of the Libyan people to vote for a national government that governs in a unified, transparent, and accountable manner for all Libyans.  USAID assistance strengthens Libya’s national and local government institutions, rule of law, and electoral processes in support of a stable and inclusive Libya.  USAID provides targeted assistance to build support for, and enhance confidence in, democratic governance.  This includes support for credible, transparent and inclusive electoral, political, and governing processes in Libya.  USAID is strengthening the ability of civil society and citizens–including women, youth, ethnic minorities, and other traditionally marginalized and underrepresented groups–to actively participate in the political process and make their voices heard in government decisions.  In areas recovering from conflict, USAID supports community reconciliation and recovery through community engagement and municipal council strengthening.  USAID does this through the following programs:


Decades of authoritarian rule, instability, and violence have left Libyan institutions fragmented and struggling to meet the needs of citizens. A stable and sovereign Libya, with a unified and trusted government that effectively provides basic services to its citizens, is vital to long-term peace and stability in Libya and the region.  The Libya Local Governance and Civil Society (LGCS) Program, locally known as “Taqarib” (the Arabic term for “coming together” or “growing closer”), supports Libya’s political transition by strengthening the pillars of a stable, democratic, and accountable Libyan state. The program strengthens local governance by building government planning and service delivery capacity and promoting citizen engagement in public dialogue about how to prioritize public resources. The program also supports the implementation of Law 59, helping local municipalities to take over services from the national government to be more responsive to community priorities. 

Libya Governance and Civil Society Program (LGCS) Factsheet



USAID’s Libya Elections and Legislative Strengthening Activity (LELSA) supports Libyan-led initiatives that improve election administration, bolster civic and voter education, and encourage civic and political participation to support the country’s ongoing transition to a stable and democratic state that is free from malign foreign influence. LELSA is a $40 million, five-year program that is being implemented by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS), with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) as the prime partners.  

Libya Elections and Legislative Strengthening Activity (LELSA) - NDI Factsheet

Libya Elections and Legislative Strengthening Activity (LELSA) - IFES Factsheet



After more than a decade of conflict, Libya is at a critical crossroads. Deep divisions continue within the country, but a nationwide ceasefire in 2020 offered a glimmer of hope for a more peaceful and democratic future. Youth have a particular stake in    shaping a more unified, inclusive, peaceful, and stable Libya. USAID’s Promoting Leadership and Activism of Youth for Peace activity (or “PLAY”) promotes local reconciliation efforts through positive interaction among young people in Tawergha, Bani    Walid, and Misrata in western Libya, which are communities that have faced divisions and recurring violence. PLAY provides youth between the ages of 18-24 with the skills needed to foster their participation in, and collaborative attitudes toward,          peacebuilding. PLAY empowers youth to play a more prominent role in healing their respective communities and creating a more positive and peaceful future for Libya.  

Promoting Leadership and Activism of Youth (PLAY) for Peace in Libya - PLAY for Peace Factsheet


Last updated: September 07, 2022

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