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Libya

From emergency humanitarian action to long-term empowerment of local civil society and authorities

The intensification of armed conflict and political instability severely impacts the living conditions of civilians across Libya. Within this context, ACTED defined cash transfer as a central component of its humanitarian intervention to support the crisis-affected populations notably by increasing the access of displaced Libyans to basic services. ACTED also continues to contribute to the establishment of an effective governance system and to enhance the capacities of civil society actors so they can play an effective role in the peacebuilding process.

After a new cycle of violence in 2014, which led to the displacement of over 300,000 people whose house has been destroyed alongside with public facilities, ACTED has been one the first actors using cash transfers to support those affected by the conflict. ACTED has also offered psychosocial support to children in Benghazi to help them recover from the traumatic experience they have lived due to the conflict. ACTED moreover remains committed to supporting development and stabilisation interventions through empowering civil society actors and local authorities.

Empowering civil society

By working directly with civil society, ACTED supports grass roots organisations through the provision of capacity development services in technical areas such as project cycle management, finance, information, and technology. Furthermore, ACTED awarded grants to civil society organisations across Libya, half of which directly benefited youth. Providing grants and assistance enabled these civil society organisations to reinforce not only their managerial and financial skills, but also their collaboration with local authorities on cooperative projects aimed at improving service delivery and social development outcomes.

Supporting the most vulnerable groups

The situation of people displaced by the crisis has been steadily degrading due to the protracted conflict situation. Long periods of displacement exhaust the financial capacities of the displaced people, host communities and municipalities. Therefore, supporting displaced people with low economic means remains a priority for ACTED. ACTED prioritises cash assistance instead of in-kind assistance; by receiving cash assistance, the recipients can take their own decisions on how to improve their living-conditions. In 2016, ACTED provided over 22,000 vulnerable displaced and local people across Libya with multi-purpose cash transfers.

 

Partners in 2016

Centre de crise et de soutien (CdCS) - French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) EuropeAid, Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nation (FAO) French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Global Affairs Canada (GAC), IMPACT Initiatives, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation (SDC) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) We love Souss, World Food Programme (WFP)

 

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