Situation Report
The IDP community in Awal, Libya, welcoming the Inter-Agency Monitoring Mission (OCHA/Jennifer Bose Ratka)

Inter-Agency Monitoring Mission to Ghadames and Derj

In March, an Inter-Agency Needs Assessment mission took place to Ghadames and Derj joined by UNDP, UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF and UN OCHA. The purpose of the visit was to understand the needs different population groups are facing in the north-western towns bordering Algeria and Tunis.

The mission met with the mayor of Ghadmes municipality, Mr. Qasim in Al-Mana, and the mayor of Derj municipality, Mr. Fadel Hussein, as well as council members, affected communities and displaced people. Some of the sites visited include schools, health facilities and rehabilitation sites.

The interagency mission is necessary to provide a better understanding of the situation on the ground and allow agencies to assess the needs of the various population groups, including women, children and displaced communities. The findings of the mission will inform future programmatic interventions, which will be tailored to benefit the targeted groups.

The visit took place just after the humanitarian community released the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) to provide urgently needed assistance and protection to the most vulnerable people affected by conflict, COVID-19 and worsening economic conditions in Libya. The plan appeals for US$189 million to allow the aid organizations to provide the humanitarian response in Libya needed to reach 451,000 people – 36 per cent of the 1.3 million people identified to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2021.

In 2021, the Humanitarian Response Plan has been expanded to meet the challenges faced by the most vulnerable people, particularly in view of the impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives and service delivery. This includes internally displaced persons, non-displaced Libyans, returnees, and migrants and refugees across all 22 mantikas in the country. It is a prioritized plan of action, which lays out how 33 humanitarian partners aim to provide assistance in Libya and seeks to complement the efforts already being undertaken by Libyan authorities.