The National Democratic Institute Libya established already in 2013 a Youth Political Academy (under the lead of Ancuţa Hansen, Anis Elwillani and René Märtin) to engage the next generation of Libya’s political leaders. 2021, based on the concept of the time, supplemented by the experiences that NDI Libya has made with similar concepts in the past years and based on expected parliamentary elections, NDI Libya now with the upcoming Youth Leadership Academy aims to cultivate an informed and skilled group of Libyan youth leaders who are actively and democratically engaged in the youth wings of the existing political parties. This training school would build the capacities of political youth leaders between 18 and 30 years old in leadership, policy development, communication, and political management.
Through a rigorous recruitment process, for ensuring a diverse political and geographical representation, participants will be selected to join the school. The participants will meet for intensive trainings, the program will also be accompanied online. Benefiting from training and ongoing one-on-one assistance, participants will be expected to design and implement political communications and campaigning on political party development. The program will build on similar NDI initiatives from around the world, and will use NDI Arabic-language publications, as well as other material e. g. from the lead trainer. The program follows the objectives of National Democratic Institute’s mandate under LELSA.
As a lead trainer I conduct and oversee the three training modules, and give and evaluate homework assignments to trainees, in close coordination with the program team. Between modules, I provide feedback on homework, as part of the ongoing assistance to participants.
NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI’s programs in Libya aim to strengthen the ability of the country’s nascent political parties and civil society organizations to participate in the transition process.