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Demonstrators in Benghazi during the run-up the July 2012 election (Iason Athanasiadis/UNSMIL).
A man sits against a mural of the new Libyan flag in the Eastern Libyan city of Benghazi (Iason Athanasiadis/UNSMIL).
Libyan women participating in a demonstration prior to the GNC election of 7 July 2012 (Iason Athanasiadis/UNSMIL).
Jubilant women celebrate in Tripoli over the detention of deposed leader Muammar Qadhafi's most vocal son after an over two month manhunt (Iason Athanasiadis/UNSMIL).


The Libya Recovery Trust Fund (LRTF) is anchored on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970, 1973 and 2009. It is coherent with the principles of national ownership, speed of response and rapid delivery, and effective coordination of international assistance. It also reflects the two phased approach implicit in the UN Secretary-General’s letter to the President of the UN Security Council, of 7 September 2011; the first phase being immediate engagement that will help determine the needs and wishes of Libya for UN support and will deliver urgent advice and assistance. In the second phase required adjustments would be proposed, based on decisions of the Libyan authorities on the scope and nature of the UN support beyond recovery.

At the request of the Chairman of the  Stabilization Team of the National Transitional Council (NTC), the UN, the European Union and the World Bank, have agreed to support a multi-sectoral assessment of Libya’s needs, based on the sectors identified by the NTC at the High level Meeting in Paris in September 2011.

The LRTF is established under the sponsorship of the NTC and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG)/UN Resident Coordinator (RC)/ Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) on behalf of and in consultation with the UN Country Team. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through its Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) is the Administrative Agent of the LRTF.

The LRTF’s scope will be based on the Libyan Government’s priorities and the outcome of the Libya Coordinated Needs Assessment. Projects will only be funded if accepted by the Libyan authorities and within the scope of the Coordinated Assessment. The cost of the Coordinated Assessment may also be covered by the LRTF.

All programmes/projects funded by the LRTF will be in support of, and strictly aligned with the NTC priority sectors, ensuring national ownership. The LRTF will complement other recovery and related support efforts that will be provided to Libya by its various development partners and will bring strategic value in developing capacity and promoting sustainability. The LRTF will enhance UN coherence, transparency and accountability towards Libyan authorities, citizens and Libya’s development partners.

The LRTF governance structure and operational arrangements aim to ensure, in particular, that:

a) Each project approved for funding is part of a nationally-approved priority programme related to recovery and development initiatives, in line with the Libya coordinated needs assessment. It is based on or formulated in consultation with line ministries and beneficiary communities.

b) Funding and implementation are undertaken with special attention to transparency and accountability.

c) The Fund will enhance speed and flexibility in delivering results and efficient utilization of funds.

d) The LRTF will focus on building the capacities of the Goverenment, other national institutions and developing sustainable capacities for the long term. 

Priority projects and programmes of the LRTF will be implemented by UN Organizations, in collaboration with government entities, international and national Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), as required.


 Assistance Strategy

The LRTF is established to support Libya’s recovery efforts and longer term development activities by enhancing the work of the UN and non-UN entities that may benefit from funding and to improve aid effectiveness and ownership of the NTC. In particular, the LRTF will support the NTC’s transition plans in the aftermath of the conflict, with UN participation in the implementation of priority sectors that will be identified in the Libya Coordinated Needs Assessment (LCNA) consistent with the principles of the PCNA. 

Following the request of the NTC, the LCNA will focus on needs and responses in the following sectors: 

a)     Social Services (including health and education);

b)     Civil Society (including strengthening women’s rights);

c)      Infrastructure Repairs (including supply of water, desalinization plants, energy and transport);

d)     Border Control;

e)     Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration;

f)      Public Security and Rule of Law (including police training and reform, transitional justice and human rights);

g)     Electoral and Constitutional Processes;

h)     Public Assurance/Messaging (including training for Libyan media);

i)      Public Financial Management and Banking;

j)      Public Administration, Civil Service Reform and Local Governance; and

k)      Economic Recovery & Employment Generation (including agriculture & food security), with a focus on Youth.


Contributions to the LRTF may be accepted from governments, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations, and private-sector organizations upon signing of the Standard Administrative Agreement (SAA) with the UNDP MPTF Office as the Administrative Agent.


The governance structure consists of a Policy Board dealing with strategic Fund oversight and related issues, and a Steering Committee deciding on programme/project allocation matters, both  assisted by the Fund Technical Secretariat.

The Policy Board

The LRTF will be governed by a Policy Board that will provide strategic guidance and oversight as well as make decisions on fund allocation to the agreed priority sectors, (in line with the recommendations and priorities of the LCNA). The Policy Board operates by consensus and is chaired by the representative of the NTC.

The Policy Board will be responsible for:

a)     Approving the LRTF strategy and key policies and providing strategic guidance;

b)     Providing oversight and exercising overall accountability of the LRTF;

c)      Determining funding criteria and envelope;

d)     Reviewing LRTF status and overall progress of operations including consolidated progress reports of the Administrative Agent;

e)     Ensuring coherence and collaboration between the LRTF and national programmes, maintaining close collaboration with national authorities to ensure flexible adaptation of the LRTF activities to changes in national programmes; and

f)      Deciding on the Fund End Date.

The members of the Policy Board are: 

  • Representative of the NTC (Chair);
  • DSRSG/UN Resident Coordinator;
  • 2 to 3 representatives from the line Ministries;
  • 2 to 3 representatives from contributing donors;
  • Participating UN Organizations (representing priority sectors) on an annual or six-monthly rotational basis, at the request of the DSRSG; and
  • One representative of CSOs/NGOs.

Depending on the issues on its agenda, the Policy Board may invite other international or regional organizations, as it deems appropriate.

 The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the body that takes project level decisions, based on criteria and funding envelope determined by the Policy Board and on the technical evaluation made by the LRTF Secretariat, and approves fund transfers from the Administrative Agent to the Participating UN Organizations. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by the Representative of the NTC and the DSRSG/UN Resident Coordinator. It shall review and approve project proposals and allocate funds.

The Steering Committee will be responsible for:

a)     Reviewing and approving proposals submitted for funding; ensure their conformity with the requirements of the LRTF agreements (MOUs, SAAs) and the alignment with the funding criteria and envelope determined by the Policy Board;

b)     Monitoring and reporting on project/Fund level progress on periodic basis, establishing LRTF requirements and priorities concerning, inter alia; programme/projects management, including consistent and common approaches to programme/project costing, cost recovery, implementation modalities, results-based reporting, impact assessment and information management including appropriate LRTF, National Transitional Council and contributing donors’ visibility;

c)      Ensuring that appropriate consultative processes take place with key stakeholders at the country level to promote coordination between the LRTF and other funding mechanisms;

d)     Reviewing and approving the periodic progress reports (programmatic and financial) consolidated by the Administrative Agent based on the progress reports submitted by the Participating UN Organizations; and

e)     Reviewing findings of evaluation reports to highlight and communicate lessons learnt to the Policy Board, and periodically discuss follow-ups by Participating UN Organizations on recommended actions that have LRTF-wide impact.

The members of the Steering Committee are:

  • Representative of the NTC (Co-Chair);
  • DSRSG/UN Resident Coordinator (Co-Chair);
  • 2 to 3 representatives from the line Ministries;
  • 2 to 3 representatives from Participating UN Organizations (representing priority sectors) on an annual or six-monthly rotational basis; and
  • The Administrative Agent as an ex officio member.

The Steering Committee will undertake its activities based on its Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure which include the fast-track modality, to enable critical time bound initiatives to be approved on priority basis. 

The LRTF Technical Secretariat

The LRTF Technical Secretariat will support the LRTF Policy Board and the Steering Committee and will be based within the DSRSG/UN Resident Coordinator Office. Costs for such tasks will be agreed in advance and approved by the Policy Board, and charged to the LRTF account as direct costs.

In assisting the Policy Board the LRTF Technical Secretariat will be responsible for:

a)     Logistical arrangements required to facilitate the Policy Board meetings;

b)     Documenting, communicating and ensuring follow-up of the Policy Board decisions;

c)     Assisting the Policy Board chair in following up and oversight actions and decisions, and in communicating important milestones to donors and other stakeholders; and

d)     Periodically reviewing the TOR of the LRTF and recommending changes or revisions;

In assisting the Steering Committee the LRTF Technical Secretariat will be responsible for:

a)     Logistical arrangements required to facilitate the Steering Committee meetings, including the preparation of agenda and minutes, sharing information on behalf of the co-chairs, distribution of documents, etc.;

b)     Tracking the Steering Committee decisions, approvals, allocations, implementation progress, closure of projects and identifying challenges to be reported to the Steering Committee on quarterly basis;

c)      Periodically reviewing the TOR and Rules of Procedure of the Steering Committee and recommending changes or revisions;

d)     Develop in coordination with the Administrative Agent, forms and templates to be used by the Participating UN Organizations, for submission of project proposals and result-based reporting to the Steering Committee; and

e)     Review programmes/projects submissions of Participating UN Organizations to ensure adherence to the LRTF TOR and any subsequent criteria approved by the Steering Committee.

Administrative Agent

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), as Administrative Agent, shall be responsible for concluding Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Participating UN Organizations and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors. It shall receive, administer and transfer funds to Participating UN Organizations upon instructions from the Steering Committee and submit yearly consolidated narrative and financial reports to the Steering Committee for onward submission to the Policy Board and all donors that have provided financial contributions to the LRTF. The Administrative Agent will liaise with the LRTF Technical Secretariat on all actions related to the signature of MOUs and SAAs, and copies of such agreements would be posted on the UN in Libya website, as well as in the Administrative Agent website, the MPTF Office GATEWAY


Decision Making


Participating UN Organizations may be eligible for funding by concluding a MOU with the Administrative Agent of the Fund. Non UN-entities that are members of the UN Country Team and that have a similar international character and financial rules and regulations comparable to the UN may also become Participating Organizations by concluding a separate MOU with the Administrative Agent.

Through the Participating UN Organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and national institutions may receive funds from the LRTF based on a project agreement concluded with such entities as implementing partners of the concerned Participating UN Organization in accordance with its regulations, rules and procedures. Use of funds, reporting obligations, liability, audit and other matters relating to the management of the funds provided and the activities shall be addressed in such project agreements in the manner that is customary for the concerned Participating UN Organization.


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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 6,500,573  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 8,223  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   6,508,796
Transferred to Participating Organizations 6,441,524  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -50,186  
Administrative Agent Fee 65,006  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 56  
Total use of funds   6,456,400
Balance with Administrative Agent   52,396
As a percentage of deposits   0.8%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 6,441,524  
Total resources   6,441,524
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 6,391,338  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -50,186  
Total expenses     6,441,524
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   52,396
As a percentage of deposits   0.8%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

DSRSG/Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tripoli, Libya

  • Mr Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General(DSRSG)/Resident Coordinator(RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator(HC), UNSMIL;
  • Ms Rana Zaqout, Senior Coordination Officer, Office of the DSRSG/RC/HC, UNSMIL, Telephone: +218 0 923070239; E-mail:


 For Fund Administration Issues  

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990 

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