In the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic floods that swept through eastern Libya in September last year, the country’s rival authorities rushed to monopolize reconstruction and recovery efforts, competing for international funding and political clout (MEES, 13 October 2023).

But five months on from the tragedy that killed and displaced thousands, tangible progress in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected areas is scant, impeded by deep-rooted disagreements over the distribution of state funds, 97% of which come from oil revenues (MEES, 16 June 2023). (CONTINUED - 1456 WORDS)