Past programming

The 2006-2009 UNDP country programme, which was extended to 2010, identified the following cooperation areas: mainstreaming the Millennium Development Goals, addressing socio-economic challenges, and encouraging economic diversification; fostering human resources for sustainable human development and developing a knowledge society; supporting on-going modernization processes for better economic performance, improvement of service delivery, and governance.

Poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals
UNDP provided technical support to the national economic development board in the monitoring of the implementation of the national economic development programme – a comprehensive framework for all development and infrastructural projects in Libya. Support included expert service provision in public investment, financial management, procurement and contracting. UNDP continued supporting the general people’s committee for planning and finance on national economic planning and modelling through relevant expertise for the creation of macro-economic models. A national capacity building programme for mine action was also started.

Democratic governance
A new initiative on the automation of national courts, with a view to increasing public access to justice, was started in 2008 with completion expected by 2010. More than 200 judicial experts have already been trained on automation techniques, complemented by capacity building of the high judicial institute through a curriculum review and training of trainers’ programmes. UNDP also supported the general information authority, the nodal Governmental institution for statistics, in publishing the first Millennium Development Goals report for Libya.

Environment and sustainable development
This was perhaps the most significant portfolio in terms of volume of activities and resources. Initiatives focused on establishing a replicable model for protected area management, formulating a national strategy for solid and hazardous waste management, and strengthening environmental monitoring systems through the installation of laboratories that meet international standards, geographic information systems, and other modern tools.

Prevention of HIV and AIDS
Activities included HIV/AIDS awareness generation across the country and the sensitization of opinion leaders, including teachers and religious leaders.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment
This continued to be a priority as a cross-cutting theme in all project activities. Under the promotion of opportunities for women’s economic empowerment – or ‘POWER’ project – UNDP Libya strengthened the capacity of the general people’s committee for social affairs to implement training activities for the economic empowerment for women.

In 2009, UNDP Libya undertook an assessment of development results and integrated the initial findings and recommendations of the assessment in this country programme. While UNDP provided support to institutions in different sectors through projects, the assessment noted that participation of UNDP at the policy level had been limited, and a need exists for greater synergy among UNDP, Governmental counterparts and other national/international development stakeholders in designing and formulating new projects to increase effectiveness.

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