Libya: First Round of Business Start-up Training for Libyan Entrepreneurs

The "Support for Communities" project is currently active in 16 municipalities in Libya and aims to strengthen the capacity of the municipalities to act in the context of mixed migration movements with regard to local economic and employment promotion, the provision of basic public services and conflict mitigation.

One of the planned instruments for municipal economic development is training for business start-ups and support in setting up a company. Due to the conflict situation, the implementation of the Libyan projects is currently taking place with international non-governmental organisations, UN organisations active in Libya and in remote control. Capacity development measures are carried out outside the country, provided that non-Libyan trainers are involved.

The start-up training, which PEM Consult was commissioned to conduct in cooperation with CEFE International, takes place in Monastir/Tunisia. The expansion of municipal women's centres into training centres was agreed with 10 Libyan municipalities and the textile sector was chosen as the first training area.

22 to 24 Libyan seamstresses will be trained in two modules between June and probably November 2018 in Monastir as trainers of the women's centres for the textile sector. For socio-cultural and security reasons, Libyan women are only allowed to travel in male company. For this reason, 22-24 male family members will also be there during the training of the trainers in the textile sector in Monastir. In order to take advantage of their stay, a business start-up training for the male participants is to be carried out.

In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the GIZ project and to take the special initial situation (male accompanying persons) into account, one focus of the CEFE training approach will be on the areas of family businesses, micro-enterprise management and the promotion of women.

The business start-up training is implemented in two modules, Module I has been already implemented in beginning July 2018 and is already covering all central aspects of setting up a business and Module II provides for a deepening and expansion.