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Support to Civic Engagement in Libya's Transition

Photo: ©Iason Athanasiadis/ UNSMIL
Status: Closed
Duration: 2011 – 2017
Budget: US $ 4,700,000
Coverage: All of Libya
Beneficiaries: citizens, specially youth
Focus Area: Democratic governance and peacebuilding
Project Document: English
Partners: Ministry of Planning; Ministry of Culture and Civil Society

What is the project about?

In the aftermath of the February Revolution in 2011, the Interim Government was confronted with a number of critical challenges including the provision of basic physical security and public order; rebuilding institutions of democracy and governance; ensuring social and economic welfare; and establishing mechanisms of justice and accountability. In addition, people’s knowledge of democracy, good governance was limited. Civic education, particularly amongst youth, aimed at deepening people’s understanding of democracy and its applications in everyday life is critical.

Any strategy at long-term transformation requires substantial behavior and social change involving al segments of society. Strengthening civil society and media, extensive civic education and engagement campaigns, reconciliation, local and national-level public dialogue and consensus-building within society are all essential components of such a strategy.


In partnership with Ministries of Planning, Culture & Civil Society, Higher Education and Al Awqaf, the Support to Civic Engagement in Libya’s Transition (SCELT) project aims to facilitate and support greater engagement of Libyan citizens, including youth, women and marginalized groups to engage actively in the transition to democracy.

What have we accomplished?

  • Significant and extensive support to civic and voter education ahead of Libya’s first democratic election in 2012 working with student bodies in universities and the Scouting movement in particular. This also included capacity development of Libya’s first women candidates on campaigning and communication for election to the GNC. It is worth noting that 8 of the 16 women then elected received such support from SCELT;
  • Technical papers developed and dialogues facilitated with over 400 Libyan CSOs on draft laws of associations being developed by The Ministry of Culture and Civil Society;
  • Comprehensive CSOs national mapping process conducted in 2014-15 in partnership with UNICEF. Reports were produced on all major population groups in Libya resulting in development of a CSO web portal and mobile app launched in 2016. More than 300 CSOs are actively engaged on this platform;
  • Establishment of the Civil Society Grant Fund Facility in 2013 providing grants for management and capacity development to Libyan CSOs for civic education, engagement, constitutional dialogue, youth engagement, women’s political participation and local dialogue activities. CSO received extensive capacity development through training and on-going mentoring to successfully design and implement civic engagement projects. Despite an increasingly challenging security environment, over the past five years, grantees were able to plan and implement projects on a range of issues including: the constitutional development process; youth development and mitigation of extremism; women and girls civic education, capacity development and inclusion and local level dialogues at key community interfaces and flashpoints;
  • Gender equality was supported conferences, workshops and training on UNSCR 1325 and Libyan women’s political participation in the democratic transition;
  • A Dialogue Facilitation Training programme for women facilitators on women’s political participation and inclusion in the constitutional development processes was developed and implemented; 
  • National capacities enhanced through capacity development and mentoring for facilitators who became accredited trainers in BRIDGE;
  • Development of national baseline studies on women, peace and security, followed by second baseline focusing on men and boys, provided a set of programming recommendations for all development partners working on Libya;
  • Launch of the Tunisian-Libyan Youth Forum in 2014 with UNESCO and ACTED which brought together youth CSO`s representatives from both countries to share experiences on the challenges and opportunities for civic engagement in the Libyan democratic transition and to help develop a common framework for joint action. This resulted in the launch of the Libyan Youth Coordination Committee in 2015-16.

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Amount contributed


Delivery in previous fiscal year

2018 $4,040

2017 $46,218

2016 $817,764

2015 $1,011,979

2014 $1,515,113

2013 $1,138,674

2012 $1,793,835

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