In order to study the challenges in local governance that Libyan CSOs are facing as well as to find the solutions, Democracy Reporting International (DRI) brought together a group of local and international experts specialized in the field of civil society and local governance. This project is part of the “Improved Service delivery and Accountability at local level” (ISAL) funded by the European Union and supported by the Kingdom Netherlands. The main objective of the project is to produce a comprehensive study and support the role of local governance in civil society to ensure transparency, accountability, and increase the participation of women and youth in local affairs.
This study identified CSOs’ capacity in promoting community participation and cooperation, engaging women and youth in local affairs and ensuring transparency and accountability. Moreover, it also highlights best practices and different strategies from CSOs in Libya, which can be adopted and mainstreamed. The experts conducted a qualitative study that targeted six Libyan municipalities, namely Ubari, Wadi Al Bawanis, Zlitan, Gharyan, Al Sahel and Shahat. Under the framework of the study, twenty-seven interviews were conducted targeting active CSOs in the fields of local affairs and service delivery, and the members of municipal councils.
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