€50 million programme to support basic services in 24 Libyan municipalities

Italy, the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joined representatives of the Presidential Council (PC) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli for the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the programme “Recovery, Stability and Socio-Economic Development in Libya”.

The three-year programme, funded by the European Union with €50 million in the framework of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, aims to improve the living conditions and resilience of the most vulnerable populations in 24 municipalities across Libya.

“It targets municipalities highly affected by migration flows and displacement processes of the Libyan populations.” A statement by the UNDP said.

Jointly formulated by the European Commission and Italy in close coordination with the PC, the GNA and with other relevant national and municipal authorities, the programme is implemented by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), with a budget of €22 million, UNDP and UNICEF, for the remaining €18 and €10 million respectively.

Libyan authorities and implementing partners convened to discuss opportunities to directly respond with this programme to the needs of Libyan citizens by supporting municipalities.

The aim is to strengthen municipalities in providing basic services, through rehabilitation works, equipment provision and capacity building activities, with a focus on the education, health, water and sanitation sectors.

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