Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery

What is the project about?

“Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery” is a multi-phase, multi-year project that is directly implemented by UNDP Libya and funded mainly by the European Union. The first phase of the project, which counted also with the support of South Korea, focuses on supporting local authorities in Libya to respond to the many conflict and human mobility induced challenges - by strengthening the local resilience and recovery mechanisms - that impact negatively citizens' access to essential services, sources of livelihoods, the social cohesion and security of communities. 12 municipalities are supported in the first phase, including 6 municipalities in Greater Tripoli, in addition to Sabratha, Sabha, Murzuq, Benghazi, Ajdabiya, and Al Kufra.

The second phase, funded entirely by the EU, aims at enhancing provision of basic services at local level and increasing access for most vulnerable groups from host communities – including Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) and returnees – as well as migrants and refugees. 20 municipalities are receiving support through the second phase that is being implemented across the three regions of Libya, West, East, and South. This second phase is implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Local Governance, Municipalities, UNICEF, and Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).

UNDP is also in discussion with the EU and Libyan counterparts to design the third phase of the project, which is anticipated to start early 2020.

To respond to the many challenges people in Libya are facing, UNDP approach is to help the local authorities to restore security, essential services delivery and livelihoods opportunities putting the country on a more robust development path.

Phase 1

Status: Active
Duration: 2017 – 2020
Budget: US$ 20,107,400
Coverage: Libya: Tripoli, Sabratha, Sebha, Murzuq, Benghazi, Ajdabiya and Al Kufra.
Beneficiaries: Around 2.7 million citizens
Focus Area: Sustainable Development
Project Manager: Paola Piccione (
Project Document: English
Partners: Ministry of Local Governance, Municipalities, Peaceful Change initiative and Tatweer Research


  • Providing Basic Services with Access for Vulnerable Groups

The project supports local institutions to improve sustainable access to health, education, water, electricity, sanitation – and socio-economic recovery for the whole population, with special attention to vulnerable groups.  

  • Enforcing Local Stability and Community Security

Libyan’s formal justice system has been damaged over the past years, with more and more people relying on informal justice and security arrangements. However, studies indicate that Libyans crave the restoration of state in an independent judiciary. The project works with rule of law institutions, including the police, to manage the impact of irregular migration, protect the rights of migrants, and introduce deterrents to abuses of rights.

  • Recovering Local Economy, Including Job Creation and Livelihoods

The project identifies areas of potential economic growth and support economic recovery strategies which help to stabilize income generation, emergency employment, and the reintegration of migrants, IDPs, and returnees; as well as create sustainable and decent jobs.

What have we accomplished?

  • In Benghazi, AlKufra, Murzuq, Sebha, and Sabratha, five "Social Local Peace Partnerships" are fully functioning and acting as a link between the Municipal Council, the Municipality and the community. The Peace Partnerships facilitate needs analysis and coordinate projects. The five have developed Social Peace and Local Development plans.
  • The project has already processed approximately 60% of the budget assigned to infrastructure/equipment. Murzuq, AlKufra and Ajdabiya are already using delivered generators and intensive care unit ambulances. In Benghazi, people are already benefiting from rehabilitated social infrastructures such as clinics, schools, and electrical substations.
  • The Rule of Law (RoL) Needs and Capacity Assessments have been conducted with relevant Justice and Policing institutions from Tripoli, Sabha and Benghazi. It was a process-oriented analysis of the local justice systems, including their interactions with irregular migration.
  • The construction of the police station in Hai Andalus, Tripoli, is ongoing despite the challenging operational and security context in and around Tripoli.
  • Through Toyota Discover Your Talent Programme, UNDP has supported 20 young people, including five internal displaced persons, to participate in a three-month vocational training on car maintenance and repairs, computer skills and English.
  • In partnership with Tatweer Research, the project set up Tatweer Entrepreneurship Campus (TEC), a co-working space where young Libyan, through different activities, are developing their business plans. Entrepreneurs are getting training, mentoring, office space, financial support, and information on players in the ecosystem. TEC is also affecting change at the university level by incorporating entrepreneurship education into the curriculum and government level through reforming business regulation. This initiative is contributing to create sustainable jobs outside of the public sector.

Donors Contributions

Donor Contribution (US$)
European Union


(EUR 18,000,000)

South Korea 500,000
TOTAL 20,107,400

Phase 2

Status: Active
Duration: 2018 – 2021
Budget: US$ 21,045,600
Coverage: Libya: Maya/Mamoura, Zintan, Khoms, Sabha, Murzuk, Brak Al Shati, Qatroun, Emsaed, Kufra, Ajdabya, Benghazi, Albayda, Ghat and Tahala, Janzur, Shwairef, Zawya, Garabulli and Sabratha.
Beneficiaries: Around 1.6 million citizens
Focus Area: Sustainable Development
Project Manager: Dawoud Almassri, (
Project Document: English
Partners: Ministry of Local Governance, Municipalities


The project has two specific objectives:

  1. Strengthening the capacities of municipalities in providing basic and social services, in particular in municipalities most affected by migratory flows, for resilient local service delivery;
  2. Improving access to quality basic and social services, in particular to the most vulnerable people living in the selected locations (including migrants, refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities, especially women and girls).

What have we accomplished?

  • In consultation with project partners as well as local municipalities, UNDP has finalized the planning of activities in all targeted municipalities, including the identification of priorities in each location.  
  • In addition to that, UNDP reported progress in the implementation, where many interventions are either contracted, advertised or currently under development.
  • The first set of equipment will be delivered to municipalities by end of September 2019, while the first rehabilitation activity in Ghat in South of Libya has already started end of July 2019.
  • UNDP has also initiated a number of preparatory activities in relation to capacity building component by conducting a series of internal consultations, as well as preliminary dialogue with the targeted municipalities, and other actors on the ground, to identify the training and capacity development needs of municipality staff.

Donors Contributions

Donor Contribution (US$)
European Union 21,045,600
TOTAL 21,045,600 (EUR 18,000,000)
Project Updates Phase 1

Download the Phase 1 project reports containing information of the progress and results.

Project Updates Phase 2

Download the phase 2 project reports containing information of the progress and results.

Fast Facts Phase I

Download this document (August 2017)

Download this document (August 2020)

Fast Facts Phase II

Download this document.

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