Support to Civic Engagement in Libya’s Transition
What is the project about
This project aims to strengthen national capacities to promote widespread participation in the transition process among the Libyan citizenry, focusing particularly on the role of youth & women. It will provide knowledge management, capacity building and technical support resources to government, civil society and religious institutions that have an existing or emerging organizational infrastructure and key role to play in bringing up the level of civic awareness and engagement in the country.
The project will also support dialogue initiatives by providing expertise and technical tools necessary to improve and amplify their answer to immediate needs of the Libyan population, in particular for the electoral and constitutional processes.
- Strengthened civil society capacities to undertake civic education;
- Youth engagement in the transition facilitated;
- Increased women’s participation in building the Libyan democracy;
- National capacity to conduct public consultation & dialogue established.
What have we accomplished so far
By mid-September the following was achieved:
- Support the drafting the first official draft of the new NGO Law in Libya, through mobilization of renown experts and facilitating a consultative process with Libyan CSOs;
- Proposal presented to the Ministry of Culture & Civil Society (MoCCS) for a possible model for delivering both capacity strengthening and funding support to Libyan CSOs working for civic engagement during the transition period;
- Graduation of 23 Libyan (51%women) BRIDGE facilitators specialized in civic education, through a 4-month long program.
- The graduated BRIDGE facilitators were hired by the High National Libyan Commission HNLC as master trainers.
- Organized workshops on constitution making process and best practices lead by two world-renowned constitution experts,
- Support to Voter Education activities in 13 districts of Libya, reaching 400 civil society members as well as 48,000 scouts (through cascading activities).
- Training of 150 university students on National Elections and Voter Participation and holding of Open Day events in 10 universities, to sensitize student community on elections.
- Support to women candidates: through training, exchange with Tunisian women politicians and support to a national awareness campaign “My Voice For Her”. A total of 283 women candidates were reached.
- Advocacy on women participation in constitution-making and need for a consultative constitution-making process.
As of mid-September 2012