ACTED is committed to enhancing effective civil governance in Libya through Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL). In 2017, in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Governance (MoLG), ACTED/CIL implemented a project to develop a Local Development Planning framework to improve the provision of basic municipal services in Libya. The framework is designed to strengthen the decentralized role of five municipalities – Jadu, Al Jufra, Shahat, Hay-Alandus and Msallata – in planning and leading the development process at the local level in an inclusive and participatory manner.
This framework becomes part of a larger programme to strengthen the competencies and capacities of Libyan institutions. It promotes a decentralization of both policy and governance while improving the provision of basic municipal services.
When it comes to supporting local actors, the reconstruction of Libyan institutions − both at the national and municipal level − is key. With this belief in mind, ACTED/CIL provided training for state civil servants and municipal administrators.
The Local Development Planning framework provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable improvement in living conditions in Libya. This includes democratic local governance, a common vision for community development, the re-appropriation of collective spaces, trust between stakeholders and, finally, the importance of transparency and accountability in municipal governance.
ACTED/CIL focused on enhancing municipal functions through regulations and public utility management. This includes the establishment and management of urban planning, organization, infrastructure development, health and social affairs, water utilities, lighting, sanitation, public spaces, local transportation, public hygiene, green spaces, shelters, real estate, markets and municipalities.
In addition, the MoLG aims to create provincial councils to administer a range of municipal functions, such as the civil registry and the regulation of the municipal guard, local markets and slaughterhouses; the construction and management of local roads and bridges; issuing local permits; monitoring the environment and public health and; establishing and managing small business incubators in cooperation with competent authorities.
Civil servants, municipal administrators and elected members of municipal boards received training sessions in Libya and abroad to enhance their capacities to respond to administration constraints and to develop strategic planning methods. Moreover, public administration trainings allowed participants to explore a more sustainable approach towards governance, promoting the curation of institutional knowledge rather than a focus on training individual civil servants.
Finally, the project design focused on improving the capacity of local institutions and civil society actors. ACTED/CIL contributed to identifying both the strengths and weaknesses of the targeted municipalities and to promoting collaboration between local actors. Additionally, project partners succeeded in developing a shared long-term vision of the municipality along with clear objectives and an action plan to reach it. This project was conducted in the municipalities of Jadu, Al Jufra, Shahat, Hay-Alandus and Msallata. Through the involvement of municipalities, universities, civil society organizations, state authorities and private sector actors, participants developed local strategies to address the economy, social services (education and health) and the environment (including infrastructure).