Situation Report

Bureaucratic restrictions limit access for international NGO staff

A nine per cent decrease from July 2021 was noted in the number of access constraints reported by humanitarian partners through the Access Monitoring and Reporting Framework (AMRF), bringing the total number of access constraints reported in August to 139. Although access constraints have continued a positive downward trend, the severity of access constraints related to visas for international NGO staff increased significantly, posing critical impediments for the continuity of humanitarian activities. Bureaucratic restrictions on the movement of humanitarian staff and relief items into and within the country continue to make up the majority marking 63 per cent of the total access impediments reported. Resolution of the current impasse depends on national authorities, who have yet to provide any indication of addressing the visa situation or providing a clear process that can ensure the consistent delivery of visas in the future.

Out of the total access constraints reported in August, 31 constraints (22 per cent) were related to a lack of operational presence by humanitarian partners mainly due to security concerns among several other reasons. There were also reports of five incidents involving interference in the implementation of humanitarian activities.

Of the total, 37 per cent of constraints impacted humanitarian sector activities. Mine Action and Protection were the two most-impacted sectors with 33% and 27% of the total access impediments respectively. In terms of mantikas, the least number of access constraints (26 per cent) were reported in mantikas of the East region followed by mantikas in the South and West with 36% and 38% of all reported constraints respectively. Tripoli and Sebha were the two mantikas that reported the biggest number of access challenges accounting together for a third of the reported access constraints in August 2021.