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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.

The Voters Guide

Will Candidates Adopt the Principles in the Manifesto if Elected?

Will Candidates Adopt the Principles in the Manifesto if Elected?


Building off of the Civil Society Constitution Initiative Manifesto, the New Libya Foundation partnered with the National Democratic Institute to create a guide to help voters learn more about the nearly 600 candidates in the Constitutional Drafting Assembly elections (the people tasked with writing Libya’s new constitution). The project is collaboration between 15 active CSOs from around Libya representing women, minorities, youth and people with physical disabilities. Together, the CSOs designed a questionnaire posing several questions to candidates to help voters better understand the candidate’s positions on the most critical matters pertaining to the constitution, including the constitution making process.

The guide began by asking candidates whether they agree to designing and implementing a constitution making process that guarantees the measures for transparency, accountability and transparency demanded in the Civil Society Constitution Initiative Manifesto. The guide followed with 6-10 questions each on the topics of State Organization, Citizenship, Economic Rights, General Rights and Freedoms, Women’s Rights, Disabilities Rights, Community Rights, and Next Generation Rights.

First Presser at the Civil Society Incubator Center

First Presser at the Civil Society Incubator Center, with operational team H2O


The Voters Guide was completed by more than 300 of the 600 candidates for the CDA, all of whom agreed to implement the measures demanded in the manifesto. The Constitutional Drafting Assembly was elected on February 20th 2014, and in May 2014, all the measures for transparency, accountability and inclusiveness were adopted in the CDA by-laws, and code of ethics.

Since the publishing of the Voters Guide, both civil society organizations and the Constitutional Assembly Candidates have become limited in their ability to promote the desired constitution making process due to security challenges. All parties appear to be working to the extent possible to promote a constitution making process for all Libyans.