In 2019, IFIT formed the Libyan Expertise Forum for Peace and Development (LEFPD) to ensure that Libyans play a leading role in determining their future. Heralding from across Libya and bringing together diverse expertise, this local brain trust aims to contribute to the rebuilding of the Libyan state through a bottom-up model that emphasises decentralisation and local governance, as well as human rights and the rule of law. The LEFPD aims to advance its goals through a knowledge-based approach that prioritises democratic dialogue, participation, and confidence-building communication.

Composed of 17 prominent experts and peacebuilders, the brain trust has a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Libya built on equal citizenship, broad inclusivity, and transparent, accountable and effective institutions. To advance national reconciliation, the LEFPD focuses on promoting co-existence, fostering solidarity, and nurturing community participation, as well as strengthening the organs of local governance.