Mercy Corps' program in Libya closed in May 2014 after providing emergency support for humanitarian needs during the country's internal conflict. Over three years, we supported Libyan efforts to protect vulnerable communities and peacefully build a secure foundation for good governance and economic opportunity.
Although the fighting has stopped since the March 2011 uprising, there are still obstacles to Libya's recovery and democratization. Civil society is weak and should be strengthened to build the necessary components of good governance.
Unfortunately, while the country still needs large amounts of support for reconstruction, the response of the international community has not materialized in a way that can facilitate Mercy Corps' work. This scenario influenced the decision to suspend our work in Libya.
- Economic opportunity: Provided recent graduates and young jobseekers with marketable vocational and technical skills
- Conflict & Governance: Equipped local leaders with negotiation and conflict management tools to help promote a peaceful transition from authoritarian rule
- Emergency response: Monitored and responded to emergency humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable displaced populations with local institutions
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Libya: Meet our field staff: Inas
Once a refugee herself, Inas knows firsthand the challenges in post-revolution Libya. That's why she's determined to empower women to take an active role in shaping their nation’s future.
Libya: U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens inspires continued work for progress
Back in July 2011, in the heat of the battle for Libya, I sat with Chris Stevens — then the U.S. government’s special envoy to the Libyan opposition — in his compound in Benghazi.
Libya: Benghazi activists honor the price of war
One of the great things about my job is that I get to meet people who contribute to social change from a million different angles. But of all the people I’ve met through my work at Mercy Corps, few have been as inspiring as a group of activists I met in Benghazi during a trip to Libya last week.
Libya: Battle scars on the playground
The city of Misrata is reaching for a new beginning.
Egypt, Libya, Tunisia: I am the Arab Spring
On January 25, 2011, the people of Egypt took to the streets for a 'Day of Rage.' Thousands of young people took part in this protest and the huge movement of people calling for change across the Middle East and North Africa now known as the Arab Spring.
Libya: Ambassador Rice visits resource center
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice toured a photography exhibit, watched a film and participated in a discussion with the artists at our newly opened Civil Society Resource Center in Benghazi on Nov. 22.
Libya: Joy, closure and reflection in Misrata
Nobody expected that it would be like this. However, as the news and rumors started trickling in about the capture of Qaddafi in the early afternoon, the whole town of Misurata exploded into a joyous mood.
Libya: Comforting kids in Misrata
When unrest began in Libya earlier this year, Misrata was at the very center of the conflict. Today, as I look around this city, signs of prolonged fighting are visible everywhere: destroyed buildings, abandoned shops, streets littered with garbage.
Libya: From engineering lecturer to community leader
Amal El Gehani joined the revolution just one day after it began.
Libya: Youth on the frontlines
Young people here in Libya are looking to promote positive change and have been significant in Mercy Corps' efforts.