Civil Society Organizations learn in Tripoli about Reconciliation

Nov 13, 2017

Civil society organizations’ representatives attend the training in Tripoli on strengthening their support to reconciliation. Photo: ©UNDP.

Tripoli -  Aiming at enhancing civil society organizations’ (CSO) capacities to engage in reconciliation efforts in Libya, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) organized a two-day training from 07 to 08 November in Tripoli, to equip CSOs with practical tools of conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice.

The training brought together participants with different background – human rights, peacebuilding, women, youth and justice –  arriving from all over Libya including Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Ubari,  Zawara, Tawareq tribe, Tabu tribe, Misrata and Ben Walid, and Jabal Nafusa. 

The training focused on strengthening civil society-led effort, such as community dialogue, documentation, reporting on human rights violations, and on inspiring community participation in reconciliation initiatives. 

“It was very helpful. It gave me a better understanding of what reconciliation means and the role that civil society plays in it, especially in the current situation in Libya,” said one of the participants, Khadija Baba, from Tawareq Tribe, South Libya.

The two-day training was divided into eight sessions, which among other subjects included conflict analysis, conflict resolution tools, reconciliation as an approach, transitional justice and civil society, and CSO’s role in supporting reconciliation in Libya.

“I think the sessions were designed in a way that it was easy to follow and interesting for the participants who engaged very much and interacted in a very positive way,” explained one of the facilitator, Mr. Emad Shanneb, from the Dialogue and Debate Club (DDC).

cso tripoli reconciliation 2Participants during group exercise identifying their needs to be active partners in reconciliation initiatives. Photo: ©UNDP

During the different sessions, the participants had the chance to understand how CSOs can effectively contribute to reconciliation processes while considering local priorities.

Ms. Baba, who works with a women’s rights organization affirmed “civil society organizations face a lot of challenges. We don’t have a strong technical capacity and security is always an issue for us. This kind of trainings gives us information and knowledge on facts, laws and international experiences in reconciliation. It shows us that CSOs can play an effective role even in Libya, because we learned about international experiences on reconciliation in countries with conflict like ours.” Baba added, “in my opinion, as a member of civil society organization, focusing on reconciliation, networking and coordination efforts among those working groups is necessary to give greater vision on what civil society organizations can do in Libya.”

Participants hailed the event taking place in Tripoli as it allows more people to participate while giving more legitimacy and local ownership over reconciliation efforts.

The training was organized as part of the project “Towards National Reconciliation in Libya,” jointly implemented by UNDP and UNSMIL. The initiative aims at assisting Libyan national and local authorities, civil society and other partners in their effort to promote an inclusive vision for national reconciliation, while supporting local-level dialogue and reconciliation initiatives throughout Libya.

cso tripoli reconciliation 3Group photo of participants. Photo: ©UNDP

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