Empowering young people

Many young Libyans want to speak out about the cultural and political issues affecting their lives, but may lack the opportunity or know-how.

That’s not the case with our Young Arab Voices programme, which aims to equip young Libyans with the skills and confidence to speak up and be heard.


The programme in Libya is part of a regional programme in five other countries trying to collectively establish a culture of debate and dialogue in the region.

Partnering with the Anna Lindh Foundation – an organisation tied into the 43 governments of the Union for the Mediterranean – and working in co-operation with the education and civil society sectors, the work of our programme is based on setting up debating clubs and organising debating forums involving diverse groups of young people. Its objectives are:

  • increasing young people’s skills for public debate 
  • providing platforms for youth from diverse backgrounds to meet and exchange views 
  • providing targeted support for young bloggers, enabling them to bridge the gap between virtual and public space.


We have trained hundreds of  young  women and men on debating skills who cascaded the training to young people in their surroundings, in addition we  run a series of debate forums in cooperation with partners tackling some of the most pertinent issues in the country. We have started working with several student unions in Tripoli University in Libya.

Visit our post on the British Council Voices blog to watch participants in the British Council’s Young Arab Voices project confidently discuss international affairs with three of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders.


The Young Arab Voices programme is launching a Call for Expression of Interest in Libya to identify organisations working with young people in the areas of education, cultural and community action, and have the ability to act as an "incubator" to a debate club in order to implement a number of activities related to the Young Arab Voices project in Libya


  •  Being a Libyan structure registered under Libyan law that works with young people in the cultural, educational or voluntary sectors, with experience in youth engagement and organising large and medium scale events with multiple partners.
  • Being able to act as an "incubator" for a debate club in order to implement a number of activities related to the Young Arab Voices project in Libya 
  • Have the technical and organisational capacity to work in different parts of their local community, in rural and urban settings with diverse young people from various socioeconomic groups.
  • Having the enthusiasm and commitment to take part in an ambitious regional project run by two reputable organisations.


Successful candidate organisations will perform the following tasks between 1 June 2016 and 30 March 2017:

  • Availability to attend meetings, trainings and other regional events within Libya and abroad to receive information and training. The creation of a Debate Club to organise debates and ensure the sustainability of the project beyond March 2017.
  • The organisation of cascade trainings on debating skills for over 100 young debaters from different areas of their community.
  • The organisation of at least 2 medium or small scale debates a month with an audience of at least 20 people for each debate. 
  • The frequent participation in discussion forums and online platforms of YAV, as well as the dissemination of the content of the discussions and the project activities in general through the media and other interested parties.
  • Recommend the best participants in the debates to take part in debates with other young people in Libya, regionally and internationally.
  • The availability of staying in regular contact with the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council for all conceptual, methodological and logistical issues.
  • Ability to provide monthly activities and financial report, including qualitative and quantitative results.


Interested candidate organisation should complete the application form and the action plan attached carefully and send to the programmes team at  programmes.Libya@ly.britishcouncil.org, before 17 May 2016


A jury composed of the project partners will review the applications and choose partners to implement the project in Libya. Only selected candidates will be contacted in writing.

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