Interpeace started working in Libya in 2011. Together with its partner, Assabil, Interpeace aimed to develop an infrastructure for peace in Libya.

By mid-2014, the programme had been able to make important progress. Interpeace and its partner Assabil, had put together a diverse team that used the Interpeace methodology to map people’s views on the obstacles and priorities to lasting peace.

The mapping process concluded with more than 500 Libyans consulted in the South. A document capturing the broad array of perspectives has been written and will inform future planning.

However,in 2014 fighting between pro-government and Islamist militias reached a new level of intensity and soon spread more widely from Tripoli to Benghazi to Sebha. Elsewhere tribal clashes are wreaking havoc on the country’s already fragile social fabric as community relations further disintegrated.

This development made it increasingly difficult for Interpeace and our partner, Assabil, to proceed with its joint programme. Expanding acts of violence and  deteriorating security conditions led Interpeace to significantly reduce the scope of the programme. While initially, the programme intended a gradual national coverage, the context only allowed for a consultation process in the South with numerous interruptions. Interpeace will continue to assess and hopes to be able to resume the work in the future.