Tripoli, 17 December:
The Canadian embassy in Tripoli . . .[restrict]is asking for project ideas that will bolster democracy and boost the chances of women and young people finding jobs.
The money for successful schemes will be handed out by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) in Libya. CFLI says it is committed to projects that make a positive contribution to local community development and which work with civil society organisations and NGOs throughout the country.
Michael Grant, the Canadian Ambassador to Libya, told Libya Herald that, while there are similar programmes in other countries, the CFLI is a new programme for Libya. He said: “The project amount will vary, but they are usually modest amounts,” adding that LD 20-25,000 would be a likely average.
Project proposals should focus on advancing democracy, equality and inclusiveness, and enhancing women and young people’s participation in social, economic and political development. The CFLI has underlined that it also believes it important that people have improved access to the information “needed to advance political-economic sustainability.”
Grant said that each CFLI programme is tailored to the specific needs and priorities of the country. The fund makes clear that key to the future of Libya are freedom of speech and judicial reform, including the effective protection of the rights of vulnerable groups, along with tolerance and community dialogue.
The CFLI in Libya said, in particular, they: “Wanted to work with applicants who have a positive track record for active engagement in community development and an established reputation in their fields of activities.”
The CFLI is seeking to improve Canada’s bilateral relations at all levels with Libya. Projects should, it said: “Increase awareness amongst local stakeholders of the Canadian values of democracy, equality, inclusiveness, security and stability.”
Proposals may be submitted in Arabic or English and the deadline is 1 March 2013.
More information can be found here: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/libya-libye/highlights-faits/2012/CFLI_FCIL.aspx?lang=en&view=d