In the Margins of the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) 2023
Responding to the emergency needs of people affected by the Libyan crisis, Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signed an agreement with the ICRC to support the economic security program (ECOSEC) in Libya.
The program focuses on restoring people’s livelihood by enabling them in starting up businesses that could revive the economy and improve self-sufficiency at both individual and community levels. The program also encompasses the provision of food supplies, food production, income support, enhanced living conditions, and training and capacity-building.
For his part, His Excellency Mr. Khalifa Al Kuwari, Director General of Qatar Fund for Development, said: “Through our cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, we will be able to respond urgently to the needs of people affected by the Libyan crisis. This will promote peace by securing the basic needs of individuals, supporting their resilience and self-sufficiency, and reviving the economy.
Mr. Al Kuwari added: “We must unite in renouncing violence and standing up to the most vulnerable groups, and empowering them to ensure a better future for the Libyan people.”
“We are pleased to receive support from the Qatar Fund for Development for our projects that aim to help families affected by the conflict in Libya restore their income and secure their basic needs,” explains ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric.
“Years of instability and fighting have greatly affected the socio-economic fabric leaving many Libyans, especially returnees, struggling to pick up the pieces and to start all over again. This kind of support will help them rebuild their lives.” She added.
The main objective of the ICRC’s economic security program globally is to enable vulnerable people to bolster their resilience to the effects of the armed conflict and enhance the ability of individuals, households, and communities to cover their essential needs sustainably and with dignity.