By: Shifaa Alaa
Tripoli, Libya received representatives from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the European Union as well as the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) to attend the second meeting of the Steering Committee entitled “Recovery, Stability and Socio-Economic Development in Libya”.
According to a statement issued by the EU, the program took off last October and is set to continue for the next three years with a 50-million-euro sponsorship by the EU. This sponsorship falls under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
The program is primarily targeting cities that were largely affected by incoming immigrants and the displacement that took place amongst the Libyan masses, including that of children, that happened during the latest political turmoil in the country. It aims to improve the basic services provided in areas of health, education, clean water accessibility, hygiene and sanitary facilities. The program should advance living conditions and empower the least advantaged populations in 24 cities nationwide
The mission statement also mentioned that the program was carried out by the AICS in cooperation with the relevant authorities in the respective cities. The budget invested in the program included a 22 million euros sponsorship from the AICS along with an 18 million euros from UNDP and 10 million euros from UNICEF.
This committee meeting, which approved the proposed developments on 18 out of 24 cities included in the program, comes after a meeting that was held last November that has concluded with the approval of developmental activities in six cities.