UNDP launches Phase II of Civic Engagement Grant Fund: New themes draw greater number of Libyan CSOs

Jun 7, 2015

UNDP announced the launch of phase two of its Libyan Civic Engagement Grant Fund (CEGF) and opened the call for proposals to Libyan civil society organizations to continue their work on civic education across the country. Phase two of the CEGF was officially launched on 18 May2015 in Tunis, in the presence of the international donor community and members of over 40 Libyan civil society organizations.

The second phase of the CGEF programme is part of UNDP’s efforts to support civil society development, youth and women’s civic engagement, inclusive dialogue, national reconciliation and support constitution-making and electoral processes. Through this, the CEGF aims at developing the capacities of Libyan organizations to implement initiatives that will provide much-needed civic knowledge to citizens and create opportunities for new forms of civic engagement and forge new civic attitudes and practices in Libya. .

During the launching event, UNDP Libya Country Director Mr. Selva Ramachandran announced the second phase of civic engagement funding stating that it “would contribute small grants and capacity development to the vital work of Libyan Civil Society Organizations on youth development, women and girls’ civic engagement and conflict analysis and dialogue across Libya”.

The grants to the CSOs are coupled with targeted training workshops on proposal writing, results-based management, communication and media, and donor outreach, to develop the capacities of the CSOs in delivering their programs.

Beneficiaries of this civil society funding include a wide array of Libyan citizens, including women, youth, people with disabilities, local authorities and local councils, internally displaced people (IDPs), and various minority groups. Phase one reached over 5,700 direct beneficiaries and given the larger number of CSOs currently applying for phase two, the number is expected to increase.

Phase one focused on civic education and constitutional outreach, and 16 CSOs worked within their communities on various civic education and engagement initiatives as well as to raise awareness on issues such as women’s and minority rights, disabled rights, and many other issues. The CSOs in Phase one used creative activities, such as musical performances, poetry nights, and youth groups,  and also represented their communities during a meeting with the Constitution Drafting Assembly, and presented them with a list of constitutional recommendations on behalf of Libyan civil society.

UNDP has contracted Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC) to implement CEGF in Libya. Representing CLIC, Tania Jordan highlighted the progress achieved in first phase of the programme: “the capacities of the participating CSOs were increased during the first phase in 2014 and we also learned some lessons about how to make the CEGF even more effective, which we will draw upon to expand and strengthen implementation in the second phase.”