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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.

Announcements

Voters Guide Launch Press Conference

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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.

Events

“The Networker” Launch

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On Dec. 18th, 2013, leaders from across sectors (civil society, government,  Media, Businessess, diplomats, INGOs) convened for the first civil society Networker, sponsored by USAID. The event theme was Fiscal transparency and accountability.

Former consultant to the Libyan Investment Authority, Mr. Salah Baccouch, shared disturbing figures about 2012/2013 national budgetsand expenditures. Guestsconvened  into five groups of different backgrounds to discuss the subject and to come up with solutions to increase fiscal transparency in Libya.

Each group presented their idea on how to increase transparency and accountability in finance, including:

-       Right to information law allowing citizens access to any data on budget allocation and expenditures.

-       All budget allocation and expenditure must be shared online in details.

-        Develop independent taxation body to monitor expenditures and revenues.

-        International associations, media, and civil societies should acknowledge how powerfully collaboration can work to fight corruption.

-       Government should issue detailed expenditure reports every year, and civil society and education institutions should prepare citizens to demand and read them.

Thank you to all who participated in this program, and a special thank you to Mr. Salah Baccouch and the many volunteers who helped prepare and close the event.

Research & Development

Persons With Disabilities Rights

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The Democracy Resource Center Hosts the third meeting with PWD (Persons With Disabilities) group to discuss the launch of the “Zaykum Zayna” campaign  in partnership with IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems). The campaign, which translates to “we’re just like you” aims to promote the rights of people with disabilities by increasing awareness of their equality, demanding better access to public spaces, and requesting quotas for their participation in public sector leadership.

 

Events

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 met with  some representatives from the organization. USAID is the biggest donor toward Libyan civil society activity

 

Events

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 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.

Announcements

Launch of the Civil Society Incubator Center

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The launch event on 7/7/2013 was a successful and pleasurable occasion attended by those whom have been most committed to the support of Libyan civil society. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Tripoli civil society for attendance on this occasion, and to the International Non-Profits that joined. From the GNC, the Hon. Mohamed Ali Abdallah, and the Hon. Ala Mgarief. From the Government, Mr. Abdurrahman Arebi, President of the Civil Society Support Center, and Ms. Lamia Bousidra, Deputy Minister of Media and Information. A very special thank you to H.E. Ambassador of the United States of America, Deborah Jones, H.E. Ambassador of Canada, Michael Grant, H.E. Ambassador of the Netherlands, Antonius Lansink, H.E. Ambassador of Germany, Christian Much for their generous attendance and attention to Libyan civil society. As always, we’d like to thank the team and LITC and IFES for their generous support, thank you to the businessmen and women whom attended on Saturday, and finally, thank you to our friends and neighbors whom opened the Center with us.

The Incubator holds similar monthly networking events for CSOs with guests from internationals organizations, decision makers, potential donors and other stakeholders. The intent of these networking events is to bring together parties that can provide the resources and connections to advance the causes of member CSOs, and citizens at large.

Announcements

Misurata Leadership in Civil Society Program

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The Leadership in Civil Society (LCS) Program, launched on March 24 and began with three weeks of intensive seminars. The first week was a workshop covering Project Management, the second week focused on Leadership, and the third was Civil Society & Democracy.
The participants experienced a rigorous and productive introduction to the Leadership in Civil Society (LCS) program. These initial workshops were followed by individual meetings with participants and center project managers.  This allowed specialized assistance to the needs of each participating civil society organization. Meeting the individual needs of these organizations creates a foundation for the future management abilities these organizations.

The LCS program use Project Cycle Management (PCM) and the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) to instruct the essentials of creating fruitful programs from start to finish. In conjunction with instruction of PCM and the LFA, the LCS maintains a mentorship with participant CSOs. This allows CSOs to utilize their newly acquired skills to efficiently construct programs. The use of these systematic approaches to program management aims to promote local ownership and enhance the role of stakeholders in the planning and accountability process.

Research & Development

Misurata Incubator Center Opens

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The Leadership in Civil Society (LCS) program opened its Incubator Center (IC) in Misurata on April 17th in response to growing demand by the city’s budding civil society organizations.  The Misurata IC is an expansion of the leadership agenda in Tripoli, while maintaining a focus on Misurata’s unique needs. This center is designed to serve civil society organizations, while empowering leaders in the community.  The selection of participants was competitive among the number of highly committed and qualified applicants.

The new Misurata IC offers more opportunities for a wider range of civil society organizations to interact and collaborate.  Future collaborations include a partnership with the Arab Forum for Citizenship In Transition, which will aid future projects regarding the citizenship of Libyans.  The IC will operate until August 2013 and will conduct programs to enhance the capacity of organizations that work to improve the future of Libyan society through the implementation of monthly programs.

Announcements

The Democracy Resource Center Launch

This month, the NLF will launch the DRC (Democracy Resource Center) in our new offices located in Hay Al-Andulus.  The NLF will operate the DRC in conjunction with the IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems) to educate the Libyan people about the election process and its vital role in enhancing civil society.  The objectives of the DRC include educating and empowering civil society to make an informed Constitutional Commission vote through engaging the GNC and HNEC (High National Election Commission).

The DRC will engage in various activities to promote the democratic process in with the inclusion of Libyan civil society.  These activities include monthly roundtables and sit-ins on meetings with HNEC commissioners and members of the GNC Election Committee members to promote greater inclusiveness and understanding of the election process and transparency.  Monthly Quick Impact Projects increase voter education through community-based projects in partnership with CSOs, the HNEC Public Outreach team, and the Tripoli local council.  Monthly Workshops assist vulnerable constituencies on how to increase voter impact through advocacy, use of media, public outreach, lobbying, and effective project planning and execution.  Monthly networking events also engage these vulnerable constituencies by creating connections with fellow constituencies, donors, the government, parliament, and key stakeholders.

In addition to these monthly activities, the DRC will maintain a computer lab and library within the Center’s seminar hall that provides access to various constituencies on a daily basis. The DRC will also support moderated community dialogue between voters and election candidates that facilitate access to information about both candidates and voters.  The NLF blog and DRC Facebook page will keep users throughout Libya involved and informed about the latest events and information from the Democracy Resource Center.