The current situation in Libya requires a concerted and focused action among all international organizations involved. Under the leadership of the UN, the EU and other key multilateral agencies, international community actors need to support the establishment of more favourable conditions for the de-escalation of hostilities and the effective conduct of democratic elections.
At the same time, existing and partly functional security sector institutions need to be assisted in strengthening their internal capacities, transparency and effectiveness. Access to reliable and unbiased information, as well as the provision of technical and regulatory assistance, should be part of the IC’s programming, contributing to more favourable conditions for the resumption of inclusive political dialogue, while paving the way for reform.
DCAF’s work focuses on providing advice and technical assistance to the leading multilateral organizations operating in Libya on SSG/R strategies, policies and needs, as well as innovative approaches to implement SSR/G in conflict-afflicted environments. DCAF also supports Libyan functioning authorities and security institutions, most notably the Ministries of Interior and Defence, in leveraging their strategic planning, while strengthening their capacities, transparency and effectiveness.
Simultaneously, DCAF works with key Libyan municipalities to strengthen community-level oversight efforts in the broader context of ceasefire and interim security arrangements. In support of these engagements, DCAF supports free access to reliable information, through Marsad Libya and access to Libya’s security sector legislation.
DCAF aims to support Libya’s stabilization by virtue of exploring and applying SSR/G solutions to enable progress towards agreements to plan for SSR in Libya. Since 2020, DCAF has published a number of knowledge products showcasing technical knowledge drawn from operational engagements around the theme of hybridity in conflict environments in the continuum between SSR and DDR. These products include:
DCAF puts a programmatic emphasis on processes of pre-SSR and conflict SSR, notably by engaging with the Ministries of Interior and Defence to support the restructuring of their institutional setup, building related capacities and laying the foundations for longer-term SSR engagements.
In partnership with other international organisations and local civil society organisations, DCAF supports key Libyan municipalities’ governance capabilities through consultations, trainings, and the development of locally owned initiatives, in particular in the areas of civilian oversight and community safety.
DCAF is actively supporting local level initiatives in Tripoli and Misrata in the development of long-term proposals for implementation of community policing initiatives within their municipalities. This notably includes the delivery of remote advisory support, both technical and programme management related, on the proposals being developed. In parallel, DCAF is also supporting the creation of a platform for dialogue between local security authorities and community leaders in Yefren through a local civil society organization, Close Horizons for Training and Rehabilitation.
In a context characterized by intense propaganda and misinformation, with potentially very destructive effects on the Libyan social fabric, DCAF provides capacity building support, as well as reliable platforms through which users can access vital information on Libya’s security sector.
Considering that peace and stability is key for the launching of any reform processes, DCAF regularly designs and implements projects developed in cooperation with multilateral actors. In practice, this entails:
Past Activities: In 2019, DCAF worked in partnership with EUBAM to support the Libyan Judicial Police (LJP)’s Training Department, and supported the development of a long-term training strategy for new recruits and internal structural review.
|Archibald Gallet||Head of Libya Office, Programme Manager|
|Emadeddin Badi||Political Advisor|
|Roberta Maggi||Junior Project Officer|
|Faisal Paktian||Junior Project Officer for Communications and Websites|
Archibald Gallet, Head of Libya Office, Programme Manager (email@example.com)
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