UK Government contributed funds to the SFL project in Libya

Dec 12, 2016

The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has today committed a further financial contribution to the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) which will fund urgent and vital projects to support the people of Sirte

The Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) is an initiative of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) delivered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supported by the International Community. The Facility aims to strengthen infrastructure, support schools & hospitals, and deliver essential services in Libya, addressing some of the most urgent needs identified by local residents.

“With the liberation of Sirte imminent, the UK has committed additional funds to help re-build Sirte and provide vital services to its people. These funds are a just small part of the UK’s contribution to supporting Sirte. ,” said Ambassador Peter Millett at the signing ceremony.

“The people of Sirte withstood the horrors of Daesh, and we will stand with them as they rebuild their lives,” Millett added.

Sirte will join the cities of Benghazi, Obari and Kikla in benefitting from the SFL assistance which focuses on rebuilding schools, water and electricity works, hospitals, municipalities, community centres. Fire engines, garbage trucks, ambulances and solar panels have already been delivered to (insert locations) thanks to the GNA’s Stabilization Facility for Libya. About a million Libyans are expected to directly benefit from this support.

“Despite all the challenges we are facing in Libya, it did not stop us from fighting against terrorism. The battle is not only on the military side, it is also about recovery and seeing Sirte and other cities in Libya rise and strive again,” Director of Technical Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning, Essam Garbaa, said. “We welcome the additional funding for improvements so the city of Sirte can attract its residents again,” he added.

“For a project like SFL, where the international community pitches in for assistance, it is equally important to get the funding as well as spend it for the good of the people,” said UNDP Libya Country Director Noura Hamladji.

The Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) Started in 2016. SFL is an initiative of the Libyan Government of National Accord delivered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supported by the International Community. The Facility aims to make quick improvements to the infrastructure, schools, hospitals and municipalities in Benghazi, Kikla and Obari. More than one million Libyans will benefit of these projects.

UNDP has worked in Libya since 1976. Its current work focuses on the following areas; elections, strengthening public administration, empowering the civil society, working with the Office of the Auditor General to strengthen institutional oversight mechanisms and empowering civil society to promote inclusion and dialogue. UNDP also works with other agencies on economic recovery and protecting the environment as well as projects to strengthen the women’s role in the transitional phase.