Case Studies

Capacity building in Libya

A 20 month EU-supported programme to build leadership capabilities.

Common Purpose ran a €2 million, EU-supported capacity building programme in Libya, which started in June 2011 - during the revolution - and ran for 20 months. 1,700 people from across the country took part – 43% of them women.

The programme activities aimed to build up the leadership and other management capabilities of individual participants and groups coming from both emerging civil society and interim institutions. Activities included practising approaches that encourage working across institutional and other divides so that the target groups are better enabled to meet the challenges of a society in transition.

Programmes were run in Al Bayda, Benghazi, Derna, Misrata and Tripoli for young leaders including university students, NGO leaders and volunteers, leaders/officials in the public service, women and women’s organisations, the medical sector, as well as a programme for senior leaders from the public, private and NGO sectors.