After the Qadhafi regime fell, the Interim Transitional National Council, composed of representatives from areas across Libya, was established to guide the political transition, coordinate security, and provide other governance functions. In the free political space being created, civil society organizations, media outlets, and municipal councils have emerged to help meet basic needs and promote the spirit of change.
Each of these sectors of society is vital to ensuring that the Libyan people are adequately informed and represented in the formation of permanent government structures.
Through the Office of Transition Initiatives, the Libya Transition Initiative supports Libya-led efforts to promote national unity and the transition to inclusive democracy. Specifically, Chemonics, via the initiative, aims to support emerging civil society organizations, strengthen local and independent media outlets, and support interim governing authorities. The initiative builds interim governing authorities’ capacity to improve core administrative functions and their ability to communicate effectively with the citizens of Libya.
The project encourages civil society organizational efforts to participate in democratic processes targeting service delivery, prevention and reporting of human rights abuses, and effective relationships with local and regional interim governing authorities. To improve the quality of information, the initiative is building media capacity as a channel for public expression and debate. Public dialogue, including social media, in the media and civil society organizations is imperative to the transition to democracy.
Due to the lack of widely circulated printed media in Tripoli, the Office of Transition Initiatives-funded Libya Transition Initiative field office has found a creative solution to the challenging recruitment environment in Libya…Facebook! The field office, inspired by vibrant youth activism in Tripoli, is using the project’s Facebook page to reach Libyans who would otherwise not hear about opportunities with the project. In a matter of hours, the number of “fans” jumped from three to 60, and the numbers are growing steadily by the day. As word of the project’s mission spreads through Facebook, the field office is receiving CVs for potential candidates, information from civil society and youth groups, and other potential grantees and partners.