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Rapid Diagnostic on the Situation of Local Governance and Local Development in Libya


The Rapid Diagnostic put priority in analyzing the current strengths and gaps of municipal institutions but scoped also executive bodies (or local branches of central ministries and agencies), civil society and other non-state actors where found relevant to the broader resilience-building and recovery agendas.


The methodology used for the Rapid Diagnostic is based on a global diagnostic tool on core government functions in the aftermath of conflict developed in 2014 by the UN Working Group on Public Administration in partnership with the World Bank.
The Rapid Diagnostic focused on the following seven areas:
 Overview of the structure and functionality of the local governance system
 Institutional capacities and resources available to municipalities
 Local decision-making and accountability processes
 Inclusiveness in local governance
 Social cohesion and community security
 Delivery of public services
 Livelihoods and Local Economic Recovery

Key findings: 

An initial conclusion of the Rapid Diagnostic is that the impact of the conflict varies depending on the area considered, both in terms of impact on the socioeconomic and human security conditions and of impact on the response capacities of local institutions. The variety of situations observed on the ground is of course linked to the level of conflict intensity but also to the level of solidity and experience of local institutions prior to the conflict and of their capacities to work collectively – with a marked advantage in this instance to municipalities that used to be shaabiyat1 under the previous regime. Another important impact of the conflict on local governance and local development is that it creates a strong sense of responsibility and urgency among local actors, state and non-state, to react and play a greater role in responding to local needs.

Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
01 Nov 2015 to 30 Nov 2015
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations Development Programme