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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

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.

The context

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.

Our work

  • 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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