Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL)

Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL) is a project encompassing actions towards Civil Society, Youth and Local Governance (for more information on all activities related to local governance, click on the banner above).

CIL was originally a two year project (2012-2013) funded by EuropeAid and implemented by a consortium of international NGOsACTEDCESVI and PIN. A second phase of the project was implemented from 2014 until 2016 by ACTED.  CIL has now become an umbrella of projects, financed by multiple donors: EuropeAid, SIDA, UNESCO, SDC, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

One of CIL’s main aims is to contribute to the emergence of a vibrant, active and independent civil society, participating efficiently in the political transition as well as in social and economic development in Libya. More specifically, it strives to strengthen the capacity of emerging CSOs to deliver services and contribute to the establishment of good governance across the country. Ever since its beginning, CIL has been paying a specific attention to the role and needs of the youth and women, which represent a key component of the Libyan civil society.

Four multi-purpose resource centers for emerging CSOs were set-up (Benghazi, Tripoli, Misrata and Sabha) to support them grow or start their initiatives. Each center enabled CSOs to access equipped office space, training rooms, individual coaching & advisory services, as well as a documentation center. CIL developed initial training programs in cooperation with local and international partners that focused on project cycle management, financial management and specific themes such as civic engagement, vulnerable groups or culture. All trainings were delivered at each of the four resource centers and CIL also welcomed other organizations interested in running training workshops at the centers. Through providing a space in which CSOs interact with each other, the resource centers facilitated the establishment of partnerships between CSOs operating in Libya.

CIL further supported CSOs through a grant program, notably the “Quick Impact Projects” program that provided direct funding to CSOs willing to finance a specific project. The program encompassed all areas and is open to any Libyan CSO wishing to apply. Its counterpart, the “Youth Initiatives” program, served the same purpose but was specifically dedicated to youth projects.

Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL)

All the activities of CIL contributed to fostering dialogue and exchange between Libyan local stakeholders and institutions. The resource centers acted as focal points for the networking between CSOsNGOs, municipal councils, universities, and other stakeholders coming together to jointly participate to building a more vibrant civil society.

In this perspective, and with the support of the EU, CIL started collaborating with Local Authorities to contribute to the establishment of an effective governance system throughout the country and support local actors to improve the service delivery towards citizens. CIL notably focused on enhancing the technical skills of Local Authorities on local administration as well as strategic planning methods and worked on strengthening the cohesion and cooperation amongst all local actors, including civil society.

CIL supported the development of Local Development Strategies in Zawia, Sabha and Tripoli, that aimed at identifying priorities for economic and social development and at defining a long-term vision for the sustainable development of the target municipalities, through a participative process. CIL is currently implementing a project assisting local stakeholders to plan the reconstruction and rehabilitation  process in the Greater Benghazi area to respond to the impact caused by the conflict.

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