Libyan Transparency Association (LTA)

Libyan Transparency Association

Country: Libya
Website: transparency-libya.org, Facebook
Focal Point: Ibrahim Ali, Chairman
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Tel: 00218916344442, 0021655394906

Mission and vision

The association focuses on curbing corruption and promoting the principles of transparency, good governance and access to information. Concrete transparency provisions should be written into the transitional constitution to ensure the just exploitation of Libya’s natural resources.

General description of the CSO work in the anti-corruption area

We organised the First Libya Transparency Round Table, ‘Libya’s oil and finance future begins now’ on 13-14 December 2011.

We organised the Round Table for a transparency budget in Libya in cooperation with the Audit Bureau. You can see the summary of the event here:
https://www.facebook.com/lpc.ly/videos/1700886830167538/

The Libyan Transparency Association organized the First Transnational Organized Crime Summary on 12 January 2014 at Tibesti Hotel, Benghazi. Transnational organised crime manifests in many forms, including as trafficking in drugs, firearms and even persons. At the same time, organised crime groups exploit human mobility to smuggle migrants and undermine financial systems through money laundering.

We have successfully completed the training session in Benghazi on the role of citizens and civil society organisations in local democracy. This training was held by the Libyan Transparency Association in partnership with Civil Initiatives Libya/ACTED with support from the European Union. This training is part of LTA’s project to build partnerships between local actors and local governments. The project is funded by the Quick Impact Projects scheme. You can find more about it here:
https://www.facebook.com/218tv/videos/375066476168460/

We plan to push for new government and local government in Libya to have the checks and balances, accounting control, free access to information, human development and accountability to handle the flow of large sums of money.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the UNCAC

We were the first organisation that has celebrated the International Anti-Corruption Day in 2011 and 2012. On 9 December 2013, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya in cooperation with the Libyan Transparency Association commemorated the International Anti Corruption Day under the theme “Zero Corruption and 100% Development”.

We push for a parallel report on the commitment of the Libyan government to apply the articles and subjects of the UNCAC and to build a full strategy on the implementation of the convention in Libya, which includes effective applicable working plans, instruments, and reports to establish an independent authority for fighting corruption and to monitor the application of this strategy.

Specific description of the CSO work in relation to the review mechanism of the UNCAC

Since its founding on 5 May 2011, the Libyan Transparency Association the promotion of transparency and the fight against corruption are the most important objectives. Our work is dedicated to the second chapter of the UNCAC which addresses preventive measures to combat corruption. This includes policies, such as the establishment of anti-corruption bodies, or enhanced transparency in the financing of election campaigns and political parties.  Anti-corruption bodies should implement anti-corruption policies and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as they should be independent and have adequate resources at hand. They need to ensure that their public services are subject to safeguards that promote efficiency, transparency and recruitment based on merit.

The Libyan Transparency Association developed a number of precautionary measures, policies and draft legislations:

  1. Financial disclosure law
  2. Conflict of interest act and the rules of public employee behaviour
  3. Public procurement systems
  4. Access to information law
  5. Anti-Corruption law

On a practical level, the Libyan Transparency Association introduced the necessary amendments to the proposed law to establish a body to fight corruption in Libya in the spirit of the UNCAC.

The LTA participated in:

  • Fourth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Marrakech, 24 to 28 October 2011)
  • Participation in the workshop on UNCAC and its review mechanism organised by UNODC in South Africa in 2012
  • Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Panama, 25 to 29 November 2013)
  • Conference of NGOs, held on the sidelines of the fifth session of the mechanism for review of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Vienna, 2 to 6 June 2014)
  • Conference of NGOs, held on the sidelines of the sixth session of the Group of the Mechanism for review of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Vienna, 1 to 5 June 2015)
  • Sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Saint Petersburg, 2 to 6 November 2015)
  • Conference of NGOs, held on the sidelines of the seventh session of the mechanism for review of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Vienna, 1 to 5 June 2016)

We have organised a dialogue entitled “The prevention of corruption in international standards and sector applications” in cooperation with the Arab Network Integrity and Anti-Corruption in Tunis on 28 January 2017. Furthermore, we prepared specialised working tools for the prevention of corruption according to the UNCAC. Participants were from the audit bureau, regulatory bodies, and the Libyan customs authority.

You can find out more here:
https://www.facebook.com/203736859690595/videos/1309651142432489/

Global civil society network promoting the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)