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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.

Municipal Office of Civic Ed & Consultation

Meeting #3 at the National Council

Meeting #3 at the National Council

In early 2013, the NLF proposed and lead the drafting of the Office of Civic Education and Consultation, the first legal mandate for public education and consultation in the legislation process (excluding the mandate of the High National Election Commission). The project was also supported by the United States Institute for Peace constitutional expert Susan Stigant, and funded by Democracy Reporting International. The legislation was drafted by fifteen of Libya’s most prominent human rights lawyers over seven, half-day sessions and many extended debates as organized by the National Council for Human Rights and Civil Liberties – an independent Libyan council funded by congress.

The Office is designed to address two critical needs in Libya’s democratic transition: 1) Educating the public on democratic process 2) Creating continuous dialogue, and feedback between elected representatives and constituents, and facilitating public consultations on matters relating to voting, elections, constitutional issues, transitional justice, national reconciliation and all proposed legislation. The office will be headquartered in the capitol, with 22 branches around the country.

Meeting #6 at Alwaddan Hotel

Meeting #6 at Alwaddan Hotel

The Office for Public Education and Consultation is due to be established under the authority of the House of Representatives, and has a nominal independent board.

1. Wide dissemination of Public Education and voter information through various media platforms and through public workshops.
2. Organizing and facilitating consultations between the public and decision makers including constitutional issues, transitional justice, national reconciliation and all other legislative initiatives that have significant impact on citizens.
3. Collect and gather public input through consultations, surveys, focus groups and other means to be presented to decision-makers.

The NLF extends it’s gratitude to all those who volunteered their time and expertise toward this important national campaign. A very special thank you to Abdulhafid Sidoun, Salam Tekbali, and Duncan Pickard for this extraordinary effort.