Annual Update 2021 VNG International
It has been especially difficult to ensure female participation in our activities in the more conservative Southern municipalities. Furthermore, due to weak female representation in municipal councils, with only one seat for a female councillor in each municipal council, involvement of women has proven generally low. Yet, we continued to help the municipalities understand the benefits of an inclusive and participatory approach, and that female participation is crucial for the implementation of these pilot projects.
Successful female leadership through LLPP
The programme trained a female engineer and civil servant in charge of the GIS unit at the municipality of Souk el-Jomaa, Ms Afef Al Muntasser, to be a trainer on GIS. Then she conducted a training in the municipality of Misrata, for 11 male staff members on how to use GIS software like ArcGIS, ArcMap and databases like SQL servers, Access and more. Not only did the programme engrain the idea of colleague-to-colleague learning but it gave space to a female municipal official to be a leader in her domain of expertise. After the training, the Misrata municipality has appointed 3 women to their GIS unit.
improving Access to Basic Services
by strengthening democratic local government
Libya, Local Pilots Project
Since 2018, VNG International and the Centre International de Développement pour la Gouvernance Locale Innovante (CILG) are implementing the Libya Local Pilot Projects (LLPP) programme, funded by the European Union. The programme contributes to strengthening and empowering local governments in Libya, which have come to play an increasingly important role due to the lack of a unified central government. By aiming at improved local governance, in particular with improved local service delivery through the implementation of municipal pilot projects, LLPP seeks to contribute to stabilisation and create conditions for future reconstruction and reconciliation in Libya .
Despite the extremely challenging operational context, VNG International has been successfully carrying out activities in Libya since 2012. The focus of our work is on capacity development of local councillors, implementation of municipal pilot projects and developing the capacity of civil society and engaging citizens.
LLPP’s approach is characterised by the fact that it produces concrete and tangible results through the implementation of eight pilot projects, tailormade to the involved municipalities’ needs, while at the same time facilitating institutional strengthening and capacity development of local actors by providing trainings and workshops, as well as organizing consultation sessions and community meetings.