Towards National Reconciliation in Libya

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Status: Active
Duration: 2017 – 2018
Budget: US$ 3,473,102 
Coverage: Libya
Beneficiaries: Youth, Civil Society Organizations, Women's organizations, local communities in conflict, IDPs, human rights professionals
Focus Area: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Project Manager: Rawhi Afaghani ( 
Project Document: IRF, PBF
Partners: United Nations Support Mission in Libya; Government of National Accord; Libyan civil society organizations; non-government organizations

What is the project about?

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 dynamic of peace.


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.  

What have we accomplished?

  • Wide consultations led to the formation of a technical advisory committee in charge of conceiving and analyzing the process of producing a national reconciliation strategy;
  • A baseline survey unpacked Libyan’s perception of reconciliation, key local conflicts to focus on and actors to engage with;
  • Six civil society organizations engaged in local reconciliation processes with the project support.

Donors Contributions

Donor Contribution (US$)
Peace Building Fund 2,973,102
Italy 500,000
TOTAL 3,473,102

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Delivery in previous fiscal year

2020 $237,749

2019 $768,987

2018 $1,971,090

2017 $868,997

2016 $0

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