Assistance for Promoting Transparency and Integrity and Strengthening Anti-Corruption Measures in Libya

Project Status: Closed

Project Duration: 13/10/2009 - 31/10/2012

Total Budget: US$ 4,500,000

Donor: Libya


The National Economic Development Board

The Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Interior

The Audit Authority

The Ministry of Finance

Civil Society Organizations

The Private Sector

Target Groups

Anti-Corruption Agencies and Authorities

Public Services and Structures

Private Sector

Outline and Objectives

Corruption poses a serious development challenge as it contributes to reducing the economic efficiency and distorting resource distribution. It also reduces investment flows, particularly foreign direct investment. Moreover, the misuse of public office for private gain as revealed in a considerable number of cases weakens government institutions and undermines the efforts achieved in the field of public administration reform. In fact, corruption fosters an environment characterized by declining moral values and disrespect for public institutions and authority.

This project is addressing corruption through an integrated and holistic approach that will be translated into key activities to be implemented in close partnership with Libya.  This will provide an ideal platform and allow knowledge transfer from best practice experiences of the larger community of practice in public administration and justice reform covering issues as human rights and access to justice, public administration and civil service reform, crime prevention and promoting transparency and accountability.

The objective of the project is to provide assistance to Libya in establishing effective mechanisms to combat corruption in all its forms and dimensions through the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Through a series of key activities, including the elaboration of a national anti-corruption strategy, the project seeks to provide sustainable forms of support to enhance the efforts to combat corruption, promote judicial integrity and transparency in the public sector, and complement the different work initiated by the Libyan authorities in that field.  Moreover, with a view to facilitating the fight against corruption, the project will also build the capacity of law enforcement officials in fighting tax evasion.

The project will work on fostering a national coalition to strengthen the fight against corruption through:

  1. Supporting the Libyan Government in implementing the UNCAC.
  2. Strengthening the national capacities in fighting corruption and tax evasion.
  3. Promoting the value of judicial integrity and accountability and emphasizing the need of enhancing the citizens' access to justice.

Key Achievements

  • Establishment of a Legal Expert Team at the High Judiciary Institute to review and assess the relevant national legislation in light of UNCAC under the guidance of the international mentor.
  • Drafting of the Anti-Corruption Strategy under the Technical guidance of an International Mentor by the National Technical Team.
  • Assessment methodologies to assess the Judiciary, the Inspection and Control body and the Auditing Authority were drafted by the International Mentor and submitted to the counterparts.
  • The Libyan Code of Conduct of Judicial Members was reviewed in line with international standards by the International Mentor and submission of the reviewing report to counterparts for consideration.
  • Drafting of an assessment methodology for training centers of law enforcement and public officials and submission to counterparts.
  • Organization of a number of capacity building activities to train ant-corruption agents representing the main competent institutions.