You say you want a revolution … then what? The challenges of media training in post-Qaddafi Libya

International relations Middle East

Training in post-Qaddafi Libya presented a unique set of problems in addition to the usual ones encountered by media development professionals around the world. This first-person essay by Carolyn Robinson, a veteran journalist and media trainer, outlines some of the unusual obstacles and challenges she faced in managing two USAID/OTI grants in Libya for Internews in the very early days after the revolution, and how her team came up with novel approaches to overcome the special circumstances they faced on the ground.

The usefulness of this report comes not so much from what can and should be done for media development in Libya today, but in how to structure media training in chaotic post-conflict environments.

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