Libya’s peace and conflict context is complex, driven by multifaceted conflict dynamics. When delivered in a way that does not take such complexity into account, international humanitarian, development and political assistance runs the risk of exacerbating tensions while missing opportunities to promote peace.
Conflict sensitivity is an approach to delivering humanitarian, development and political assistance that incorporates a nuanced understanding of the peace and conflict context in order to minimise the risk of assistance worsening conflict dynamics, and to maximise opportunities to contribute to sustainable peace.
PCi’s Conflict Sensitive Assistance programme in Libya, which has been running since 2012, helps international implementers and donors working in Libya to be more conflict sensitive by:
- maintaining an online national-level peace and conflict-factor analysis accessible to international assistance providers working on Libya
- convening the bimonthly Conflict Sensitive Assistance Forum, bringing together participants from embassies, international organisations and international NGOs to review the changing context in Libya, reflect on how that context affects and is affected by the assistance they provide, and identify recommendations for adjusting international assistance
- providing tailored training to international implementers and donors working in Libya on how to apply conflict sensitivity in their work
- convening and commissioning workshops and research activities that develop operational approaches to the practical conflict sensitivity demands of project delivery
Responding to COVID-19
In response to the impending COVID-19 outbreak in Libya in March 2020, PCi undertook a rapid analysis to develop a resource for international assistance providers to strengthen the conflict sensitivity of their support to the COVID-19 response in Libya.
It provided a highly valuable resource for assistance planners and project staff to think through and adapt programming in response to COVID-19, and to ensure that conflict sensitivity considerations could be taken into account at a time when quick, adaptable responses were needed.
The note identified tangible conflict sensitivity risks that assistance planners and project staff should keep in mind as they work on the COVID-19 response, and provided actionable suggestions on how to manage and monitor these.
Organisations incorporated the considerations highlighted in the note into their COVID-19 responses, and donors used it as a framework to engage with implementing partners around the need to adjust conflict sensitivity monitoring and management in the context of COVID-19.