Towards National Reconciliation in Libya

What is the project about

Peacekeeping - UNSMIL

Despite some progress, Libyans have so far been unable to translate early revolutionary successes into a meaningful, stable and inclusive transition process. Post-revolutionary divisions and political polarization escalated into open armed confrontation in July 2014, leading to two rival governance structure.

The United Nations brokered Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) in 2015 aims to build a supportive political framework for national reconciliation, including by creating a fact-finding commission, a commission on missing persons, various accountability mechanisms, local governance measures, and other institutional reforms. However, these measures have yet to be implemented. Despite many challenges, the Government of National Accord (GNA), has attempted to gradually consolidate some authority in the country but much remains to be done.

This project will assist Libyan national and local authorities, civil society and other partners in their efforts to promote an inclusive vision for national reconciliation. Stakeholders will be empowered to implement a comprehensive national reconciliation strategy that will adequately contribute to the democratic process in Libya and recognize the specific roles of women and youth. Support will be provided to local reconciliation initiatives in order to include them into a nationwide dynamics of peace.

Objectives

This project aims to develop a national reconciliation strategy developed through a consultative and inclusive process, allowing for the meaningful and effective participation of youth, women, and groups from across the divisions in the Libyan society. A second objective is to capacitate civil society actors, particularly, thereby strengthening bottom-up reconciliation processes.

Activities will include trainings and capacity building; research and studies; consultations with women and youth as key stakeholders in reconciliation processes; and widespread outreach and media initiatives to encourage inclusion and tolerance.  

Funding support by



Donor  Contribution
Peace Building Fund US$ 2,973,102

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