Stabilization Facility for Libya

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Status: Active
Duration: Phase I: 2016 – 2018; Phase II: 2018 - 2020 
Budget: Phase I: US$ 61,606,081; Phase II: US$92,000,000
Coverage: Benghazi, Ubari, Kikla, Sebha, Sirt, Tripoli, Bani Walid, Ghat, Tawargha, Derna, Kufra, and Ajdabiya
Beneficiaries: Around 2 million people
Focus Area: Sustainable Development
Project Manager: Craig Castro (
Project Document: English
Partners: Ministry of Planning/ Government of the National Accord; Municipalities; civil society organizations

What is the project about?

The Stabilization Facility for Libya aims to strengthen the legitimate and internationally recognized state authorities and foster national unity.  It does this by creating opportunities for peaceful reconciliation locally through community conflict monitoring and reduction, inclusive municipal planning, and practical improvements in basic services in each city where it works.  As the SFL helps the Government to improve citizens’ lives, and to connect more positively with local authorities, it creates the opportunity for Government to demonstrate its value to citizens, and to provide a “peace dividend” as conflict reduces and local conditions improve. 


  • To refurbish and re-equip essential service facilities to improve basic service delivery;
  • To boost the capacity of municipal authorities for inclusive planning and delivery of investment and public goods;
  • To help central Government to connect positively with local authorities, supporting their investments in key public goods;
  • To support trust-enhancing relationships between key actors in each city, strengthening and deepening local peace;
  • To build bridges across divides, locally and nationally, to reduce fractures and encourage unity.

What have we accomplished?

  • The SFL has undertaken over 375 investment projects, including 209 completed, in its 12 target cities, restoring power grids and water and sewage networks; repairing primary and secondary schools and rehabilitating universities; rehabilitating hospitals and clinics; enabling municipalities to clear garbage from neglected streets; providing vital equipment, including ambulances to health departments; as well as providing for other municipal needs related to civil defense, public health, access to justice and more.
  • The SFL’s Coordinators in each city work with the municipalities to boost planning and execution of all stabilization activities.  They also meet with service companies on a regular basis to ensure coordination.  The SFL has also trained municipal communications staff so that citizens can find out what local authorities are doing and feed back their views.
  • The SFL’s local partners have advised and trained community groups and municipal authorities to analyse and monitor conflict risks, and to mediate threats as they arise.  This has meant that when problems arise (like a member of one community shooting a member of another community), local groups act swiftly to speak with those involved and calm tensions.  Such local action has built resilient local peace structures which have prevented problems escalating into open conflict.

All activities have been implemented in cooperation with Libyan local authorities.  The choice of interventions is guided by swift social peace assessments, rapid technical assessments, and consultations with local authorities and other relevant local stakeholders. The Facility has also strengthened local peace-making and conflict reduction partnerships with social actors in five conflict-affected cities through Social Peace Partnerships, helping for example to bring into civic life a group of young ex-combatants previously living on the margins of Ubari. In Kikla, the Social Peace Partnership prepared a mechanism for social accountability in the city, developing a forum through which the community can assess progress with development projects and give feedback to the Municipality and the providers

Donors Contributions

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SFL strenthening Cooperation for Sustainable Development

At the core of UNDP’s efforts to support effective development co-operation are the internationally-agreed development effectiveness principles: country ownership over the development process; inclusive partnerships; a focus on results; and transparency and mutual accountability among partners.

Making the 2030 Agenda a reality requires mobilising a diverse range of public and private finance; leveraging the capacities, skills, technology, and knowledge of multi-stakeholder partnerships and exploring context-specific solutions to address increasingly complex development challenges.

The Global Goals can only be met if we work together in a supportive, empathetic, inventive, passionate, and above all, cooperative way.

UNDP's Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) is committed to work towards strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing partnership and cooperation for sustainable development in Libya.

The following are examples and case studies on how SFL is working on a cooperative, collaborative, and coordinative way with international and local stakeholders to support effective development co-operation and sustainable solutions to the challenges that different communities in Libya are experiencing so that at some point local authorities could be able to provide services to their communities without external support. 

Kikla Development Plan

The ultimate objective for UNDP is to help people invest in their own sustainable future. Between 2016 and 2019 SFL, within a broad stabilization effort aimed at restoring normal live, bringing back displaced inhabitants and promoting reconciliation, successfully supported Kikla municipality to rehabilitate and reequip much of its essential services and infrastructure. In 2019, SFL in coordination with the Libyan Ministry of Planning, decided to help the municipality put together a municipal development plan covering the period 2020-2024, for the municipality to implement it on its own. On July 2nd 2020 the plan was endorsed by the municipality and officially handed over to the municipal council for implementation.

Download the plan brief here. (Available in English and Arabic)

City Briefs

The city briefs are the list of SFL projects and their status in each city of Libya where the Facility operates. Download each city brief to know more details of the developments in the ground.

Funding Support by

Amount contributed


Delivery in previous fiscal year

2021 $10,205,912

2020 $22,296,312

2019 $22,044,712

2018 $10,872,611

2017 $10,619,792

2016 $5,358,437

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