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Founded Febraury 25th, 2011 in response to the call for democracy in Libya, the New Libya Foundation serves to nurture democratic foundations through the building of Libyan civil society from the ground up. The most vital element of a new Libya is a society that is able to determine the course of its future, and contribute in setting the priorities of its governing body. No call to democratic governance can be realized until people organize to address their concerns and aspirations.

The Libyan people have taken on the cause of building their nation and empowering citizens. The New Libya Foundation is working to provide the resources and means necessary to build the civic institutions of the new Libya and generations to come.

Our Mission
Nurture the successful development of civil society organizations in Libya through training, education, access to resources and financial assistance. Our vision is broad with our immediate focus on: Civic engagement, inclusiveness, and association.

Research & Development

Kilimanjaro Climb Fundraiser

Summit Day, Sept. 21st, 2014, 7:10am

Summit Day, Sept. 21st, 2014, 7:10am

New Libya Foundation fundraising mission takes Aya Husni Bey, Rami Rasamny, Rayan Rasamny, and Rihab Elhaj through a seven day climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro. 100% of the Funds raised from the climb are dedicated to the rebuilding of homes damaged by the 2014 civil war.

Research & Development

Launch at the CSO Incubator

Launch at the CSO Incubator

Incubator member, The Libyan Wildlife Trust, is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to begin the implementation of the “WWF Mediterranean Program: Enabling NGOs to Shape the Future of the New Libyan Democracy”. The project will be implemented in Tripoli and Albayda with the participation of local CSOs, local governments, media and local donors. The purpose of the program is to identify Libyan CSOs active in environmental and sustainable development to build their capacity and support their advocacy work, to develop networks of CSOs working on environmental protection, and to assist CSOs in advocating on a local and state level. The project will also seek to establish ties between networks in Libya, Tunis and Morrocco working on environmental and sustainable development.

 

To learn more about the Libya Wildlife Trust, please visit their website:

https://www.facebook.com/LIBYANWILDLIFETRUST?fref=photo

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In Loving Memory of Salwa Bugaighis

Salwa at an NLF Event on National Dialogue

Salwa at an NLF Event on National Dialogue

Tribute by NLF Staff: She was an inspiration. Here she is supporting one of our initiatives just last week. She believed that investing in the people around her was important and tried to bring good people along with her toward success. She embodied the soft, visionary and hopeful leadership that Libya craves today. Her life is not a loss as we will continue fight for the things she became a symbol for; Inclusiveness, reason, justice, compassion and peace. May her lovely soul rest in the peace and dignity she lived to provide for others.

Events

CSOs Meet Elected Officials on Transparency and Accountability

Networker on Transparency

Saturday, April 26th, Members of the GNC Mr. Ala Mgarief of Benghazi, and Mr. Musa Faraj of Jdabya, as well as Ms. Saida Berween of the Ministry of Local councils, dialogued with civil society organizations and private sector actors on the topic of “How to implement measures for transparency and accountability in governance for the next House of Representatives and Local Councils” at the 4th Networker Event of the Civil Society Incubator Center.

The following are observations and outcomes from the dialogue:

- The General National Congress began work with very limited capacity, thus measures for transparency and accountability were not immediately made a priority.

- The public had lost trust in the GNC within weeks of their mandate, indicating that trust was very difficult to establish/maintain given the political environment and history.

- The GNC did not immediately recognize the huge threat of lost trust and credibility that was apparent as soon as citizens called for the election, rather than selection of the Constitutional Assembly within weeks of the GNC’s election.

- Though the lack of trust in the GNC was evident early on, there were no measures taken to earn the trust of the public, including measures for accountability, transparency, and better means of representation. The reason for in-action on such measures was likely due to the GNC’s failure to recognize the role of trust in democratic representation, and the function and benefits of accountability and transparency measures in governance

- Until today, citizens do not know if their elected representatives go into work, how their representatives vote on various laws and decisions, outcomes of discussions within the assembly, outcomes of discussions within committee meetings, who committee members are, how an item is placed on the agenda of the GNC, how the national budget was allocated for 2014, how it was spent in 2011, 2012, 2013, how citizens can reach their local representatives, how citizens can communicate their hopes and priorities for the State through their parliamentary representatives.

- The lack of transparency and accountability has lead to the existence of a non-democratic process implemented by an elected body, leading citizens to become less responsive to elections, and the proposition of democracy. More dangerously, they have become less responsive to the rule- of-law at large.

- Without the above measures and precedence in transparency, accountability and representation at the highest levels of government:

- There remains little to no opportunity to implement such measures in the public and privatesector, allowing social, political and economic corruption to spread indefinitely.

- There remains little to no opportunity to build credibility and trust in the state to the extent required to attract loyalty of security forces, and activate disarmament initiatives, allowing the state to enjoy a legitimate monopoly on power.

- There remains no opportunity to enjoy stability to the extent required to attract local and foreign investment.

- Because representative bodies typically respond to a strong demand from the “street” or citizens, the implementation of transparency and accountability measures requires a strong demand from the Libyan public and civil society. Civil society has very limited capacity at the moment.

- The GNC members in attendance noted that few groups approach the GNC with the intent or capacity to summon such a demand, and no strong demand has yet been made from “the street”. Because this demand is not a priority coming from organized civil society groups and the public, the matter of transparency and accountability has yet to be made a priority within the governing body of the GNC.

- Unless Libyan civil society and the public make very clear demands for measures toward transparency and accountability in the next House of Representatives and local councils, such governing bodies are likely to suffer from the very same perceptions of corruption, apathy and partisanship which plagued the GNC, and has left the nation in relative anarchy.

- If the Libyan public desires a better governance process (and not just new people in parliament) it must be prepared to collectively demand greater means of accountability and transparency in the next House of Representatives, and local councils, and see such measures through to implementation as a matter of priority.

Mr. Ala Mgarief, Mr. Musa Faraj, and Ms. Saida Berween have agreed to engage with any person or group in civil society willing to advocate for such measures.

Special thanks to  event volunteers, Mr. Ehab Masmos, Ahmed Albayas, Othman Anwar, Abd Alrauf Alsherief, Anas Alsaraj, and Amir Abu Sen, without whom the events are not possible. Lastly, we’d like to thank USAID for their generous and responsive support of the Networker.

Research & Development

Voters Guide Launch Press Conference

Voters Guide 2

Tripoli, Sunday, February, 9th,  the New Libya Foundation and partner organizations launched the “Voters Guide” (ourvotersguide.ly), an online guide revealing the positions of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly candidates on the most critical issues in the constitution. The “Voters Guide” website went live during the press conference, revealing candidate positions on some of the most controversial issues on the minds of Libyans, including who interprets the Islamic Sharia Law, whether non-citizens in Libya should have a path to citizenship, the rights of women, freedoms and general rights, and whether former regime loyalists should be included in the constitutional dialogues.

New Libya Foundation Executive Director spoke about her personal reasons for taking part in the guide, which also focuses on the constitution making process “Our first experience with an elected congress have taught us that without clear guarantees for a democratic process of governance, personal and political agenda’s inevitably take-over. The public would like to know which candidates are going to guarantee a constitution making process that is inclusive, transparent, and participatory, because it’s our constitution, not the Asssembly. We’re going to candidates accountable.

The 15 organizations leading the initiative represent a range of constituencies, including women, youth, all of Libya’s ethnic minority groups, and people with disabilities.

The Voters Guide presents candidates an opportunity to clarify their positions on most of the critical articles in a constitution, including State organization, Citizenship, Economic Rights, General rights and freedoms, Women’s Rights (equality in rights), Disabilities Rights, and Community Rights.

Research & Development

Social Networking Event

 

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On Wednesday 18/12/2013, the civil society institution hosted an event with the title Transparency. The audience was complete with people filled with joy and hope for Libya.

Above are some photos of activities during the event.

Thank you for all those involved with us in this event, hoping to see you all again in out upcoming events.

Research & Development

Persons With Disabilities Rights

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The civil society incubator center , Hosted PWD (Persons With Disabilities) on Wednesday 7/10/2013. Discussing their right within the new Libya. The meeting took place in the DRC (Democracy Resource Centre) in partnership with IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems) and was attended by 12 people eager to influence the rights of the handicapped in Libya.

Above are some photos of event.

Thank you all for you participation, hope to see you all in our upcoming events.

 

Research & Development

The Incubator institution of civil society organized a clean-up campaign

 

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The civil society incubator center, Nurtures the successful development of civil society organizations in Libya. However, the center does not only help Libya through its organizations it also helps it directly. In August 2013, The civil society incubator center, organized a cleanup campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the contribution of citizens to  maintain their city clean. This activity is part of a monthly program which is carried out by members of our own Incubator, where such activities designed to make a quick impact on the community and motivate the citizens to contribute to the development of their community

A very special thank you to Mr. Taha for allowing us to use the images above that represent the work.

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In July 2013, a very special guest came to the  civil society incubator center. Ambassador Debra Jones meet with  some representatives from the organization

A very special thanks to Ambassador Jones

Please stop by at any time.

 

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Incubator Center Member Orientation

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The Incubator held the first member orientation event last night. In a rather “romantic” candle-light setting, the first hour brought introductions and shared hopes to the group. The following hour brought memories of grade school as members (rather diplomatically) selected their desks and office mates for the next six months. Many members were releived to have conversations about common challenges and hopes in their work. The consensus was that no one expects the road ahead for civil society and Libya to be easy, but this was one group that was willing to give give everything they had to see the country into brighter and more prosperous days. We’ll be sharing more detailed information about member organizations in the weeks ahead, God willing.