The Networker program facilitates a network of cross-sector leadership to promote civil society causes. Each monthly networking event addresses a single critical issue impacting Libya’s transition to democracy. The televised event gathers leaders among select nascent CSOs, INGOs, corporations, businesses, members of government and parliament, diplomats, and the media to learn about and share thoughts around a critical issue or cause. It begins with a presentation about the selected cause by an expert advocate, and transitions into an organized dialogue among the various actors. The event ends in a dinner reception and one-on-one networking to synergize efforts and expand stakeholder influence.
1) Reaching across sectors for greater cooperation and participation in addressing challenges to the transition.
2) Increased CSO access to funding, and training opportunities through relations with INGOs, and foreign embassy representatives. .
3) CSO access to congress, government officials, and the election commission advocate for their issues in real time.
4) Live media coverage to give causes a platform, and promote dialogue, cross-sector partnerships, and win/win approaches to problem solving.
5) Development of positive relationships between CSOs, media and decision makers.
6) Strengthening of CSO networks for broader, more effective advocacy and public awareness campaigns, and the sharing of opportunities and resources.
Each networking event is themed to the Libyan transition process, and the causes the civil society. Past event themes have included:
- Where Have the Billions Gone? Creating measures for greater transparency and accountability in governance.
- A New Roadmap for Political Transition: Abdulrauf Beitelmal presents the roadmap adopted by Congress, and expected challenges in implementation.
- Introduction to Tripoli’s Constitution Making Representatives
- Introduction to Libya’s National Dialogue Initiative
- Critical Political Dialogue: The need to establish agreement before elections.
- Ramadan Nights: History of Religious Pluralism in Libya (postponed).