This project empowers former revolutionary leaders to take up constructive roles in the new Libyan society, using their existing qualities to support dialogue and national reconciliation. Two thousand former revolutionary leaders from all backgrounds were originally selected and trained to take up civilian leadership roles across different sectors of Libyan society. During the course of the project, they received advice and instruction from internationally recognised experts from across the world.

The revolution created a new generation of leaders. As their influence grew they have become accepted
as credible leaders, regardless of their socio economic profile or (lack of) previous leadership experience. Many of them have the potential to become effective civilian leaders across the Libyan society, provided they are committed to building a strong Libya and receive adequate training.

This project, which in international jargon is normally referred to as a “commanders programme” is at
the very tip of the Reintegration­Demobilisation­ Disarmament programme.

It aims to create a viable mechanism to identify potential leaders within the LPRD’s database and help them to achieve their goals. With leaders coming from all regions and tribes, the project graduates have the potential to fill voids within the civic and state sectors. Best practice from similar projects around the world has highlighted the importance of engaging with former commanders or leaders of a revolution as soon as possible in order to channel their influence in support of the developing stability and ensuring that they are included in the broader political dialogue.

The objective of the leadership project is to provide former leaders of the revolution with the mindset, skills and competency to play leadership roles across the different sectors of Libyan society.

To achieve this the team has developed training projects that build on participants’ existing skillsets to find a balance between satisfying the needs and aspirations of a participant, while also meeting the needs of Libyan society.

Once a participant has been through the programme the LPRD identifies opportunities that include working with Government Ministries and departments within the public sector. Where possible they also try to expose participants to other cultures and create an environment where high achievers have the chance to meet with experts from around the world.

Over time the LPRD aims to build a critical body of graduates who are then able to support and deliver leadership­training projects to other participants and indeed citizens across Libya.

The programme seeks to achieve the following:

  •  800 leaders trained in Politics, Diplomacy and Public Administration.
  •  500 leaders trained in Economic Development and Modernisation.
  •  300 leaders trained in National Reconciliation and Dialogue.
  •  200 leaders trained in Management of Media and Communication Organisations.
  •  100 leaders trained in Civil Society Organisation management.
  •  100 former Thaerat are trained in female leadership. 
All graduates are supported with finding leadership positions in civil society, public and private
sector positions.

All graduates are supported with finding leadership positions in civil society, public and private sector positions.