ABA Rule of Law Initiative

ABA ROLI began its Libya work in January 2012 by conducting a preliminary rule of law assessment that examined the state of the justice sector, legal profession, legal education, elections law and process, and civil society. In February 2012, ABA ROLI in partnership with the International Legal Assistance Consortium held a meeting of Libyans from these sectors to outline Libyan rule of law priorities. The meeting produced concrete recommendations for follow-on technical legal assistance work.

Informed by these engagements, in 2015 ABA ROLI launched a comprehensive Commercial Law and Practice Assessment in Libya a part of efforts to build the capacity of Libyan Bar and civil society to engage in rule of law reform. Specifically, ABA ROLI is strengthening the legal operating environment by supporting Libyan Bar and civil society organization (CSO) development in transition related areas such as elections and constitutional development. The program also supports public legal education initiatives throughout the country. ABA ROLI maintains an office in Tripoli.

Partners for Democratic Change

PDC is an innovative international NGO that supports and empowers local leaders with the tools to bring people together across traditional divides, working at the interface between business, civil society and government to craft sustainable solutions to today’s complex problems. Together, Partners and their affiliate local Centers have provided negotiation, cooperative advocacy, consensus-building and other skills to thousands of business, civil society and government leaders in more than 50 countries.

The Partners model is unique in its creation of independent, locally staffed Centers for Change and Conflict Management that work with civil society, government, businesses to address a range of issues, including accountable governance, inclusive societies, and economic and environmental sustainability. Partners is currently supporting individual democratic activists in Libya with technical and networking support, and is preparing to invest in a new affiliate Center in Tripoli, drawing upon the expertise and support of other Partners Centers around the world, such as in Yemen, Jordan, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, etc.

Mines Advisory Group

MAG deployed to Libya in April 2011 to provide an initial emergency response to civilians during the revolution. A program was established in May 2011. MAG began with three Mine Action Teams (MATs) conducting Battle Area Clearance (BAC) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) along the eastern coastal area.

Since November 2011, MAG has expanded operations and is now deploying four MATs. MAG is deploying multiple teams to conduct BAC in the destroyed parts of Ammunition Storage Areas, removing thousands of items a week and also conducting EOD tasks as reported by communities. Over 156,000 individuals have benefitted directly or indirectly from MAG’s work, including men, women and children across Libya and refugees in Tunisia.

MAG is committed to working in Libya to reduce the risk to the civilian population through ongoing ERW removal and destruction and Risk Education delivery to the most vulnerable, through coordination with the Libyan Mine Action Centre (LMAC), United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Ministry of Education, local authorities and other Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) partners to work in priority areas and prevent duplication to support the ongoing coordinated response to need in Libya.

International Medical Corps

During the 2011 war in Libya, International Medical Corps delivered a country-wide response, including in eastern Libya, Misurata and Zliten, the Western Mountains, Tripoli, as well as the Egyptian and Tunisian border regions that received large numbers of Libyans and third country nationals fleeing the violence.  International Medical Corps deployed 267 doctors and nurses, delivered over 95,000 medical consultations & surgeries, and trained 25,000 health workers.   

Following the end of the conflict, International Medical Corps has shifted its Libya programs from emergency services to longer term projects aimed at supporting efforts to eliminate major gaps in health care and restore the necessary infrastructure. To do this, International Medical Corps is working with the Libyan health sector to address the primary health, mental health and rehabilitation needs of a country emerging from war.

The Stevens Initiative

USLBA promotes the Stevens Initiative, which supports activities that build bridges between the people of the United States and the Middle East. In the spirit that inspired Chris, his family hopes the fund will promote religious tolerance, cultural understanding, educational youth exchanges, and other people-to-people programs.

To find out more about the Stevens Initiative, click here.