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Libya

In the aftermath of the civil war, Libya was faced with a serious liquidity shortage to address immediate post-transition needs, including the organization and conduct of the first free elections in 45 years.

PBF was therefore approached by UNSMIL to support a reach out programme to ensure inclusive, transparent and peaceful legislative elections through its rapid response capacity.

In order to address the important liquidity shortage the country was facing, in February 2012, PBF approved a Joint UNSMIL, UNDP, UN Women Civic education and dialogue project amounting to USD 1,9 Million. The project aimed at empowering women and youth to meaningfully participate in the July 2012 elections. Despite a late start the project gave good results in that it contributed to the holding of free and democratic legislative elections in July 2012, with a meaningful participation of voters (60%) culminating in 16.5 % of women elected in the national congress (8 out of the elected 33 women were trained in the framework of this project). Overall the project contributed in building increased trust of the Yemeni population in the transition towards democracy.

In September 2012, PBF approved a second joint project to support a pilot CIVCAP project amounting to 0.5 Million USD to allow South-South exchanges in critical peace and state building areas, including SSR, transitional justice, constitution reform, women and youth empowerment, amongst others. Due to the protracted difficulty to form a Government in Libya, the project was only signed by the National Authorities in March 2013.

Quarterly reports for each project are available on the MPTF-O Gateway site