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).

Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL) was originally a two year project (2012-2013) funded by EuropeAid and implemented by a consortium of international NGOs: ACTED, CESVI and PIN. A second phase of the project is being implemented since 2014 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 an inclusive and sustainable civil society, participating efficiently in the political transition and social and economic development in Libya. More specifically, it strives to strengthen the capacity of emerging CSOs to deliver services and contribute to the promotion of good governance in Libya and help build a vibrant, active and independent civil society in Libya.

Ever since its beginning, Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL)  has been paying a specific attention to the role and needs of the youth, 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 the development of newly established CSOs in Libya. Each center enables CSOs to access equipped office space, training rooms, individual coaching & advisory services, as well as a documentation center. Through providing a space in which CSOs interact with each other, the resource centers facilitates the establishment of partnerships between CSOs operating in Libya.

Furthermore, Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL)  has developed initial training programs in cooperation with local and international partners that focus on project cycle management, financial management, civic education, and NGO orientation. The aforementioned training programs are being delivered at each of the four resource centers. Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL)  welcomes other organizations interested in running training workshops at the centers and continues to provide assistance and expertise to those who wish to do so.

Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL)

CIL is also directly supporting Libya’s nascent civil society during the transitional period through a grant program. The “Quick Impact Projects” program provides direct funding to CSOs willing to finance a specific project. The program encompasses all areas and is open to any Libyan CSO wishing to apply. Projects are selected upon their relevance to the Libyan context. Its counterpart, the “Youth Initiatives” program serves the same purpose but is dedicated to youth projects.

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

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