Decreasing trend continues in the number of access constraints
Significant improvements were noted for humanitarian access as the number of access constraints reported through the Access Monitoring and Reporting Framework (AMRF) decreased to its lowest since the launching of the tool. In November, 113 access constraints were reported, a reduction from 127 reported in September, due to the easing of bureaucratic constraints related to the movement of agencies, personnel and goods into Libya.
Since June 2021, multiple International NGOs faced difficulties in processing visas for their international staff. However, by end September, progress was made with the approval of several visa requests and by November, a total of 83 international humanitarian workers received their Libyan visas. This is a positive development and has improved the operational footprint of INGOs in the country. However, it is still unclear what triggered the issuance of the visas and whether new requests will continue to be accepted and processed in a timely manner.
Other bureaucratic impediments in the reported period include restriction of movement of agencies, personnel, or goods within Libya. This is a particular challenge for organizations operating in areas outside of Tripoli, as additional documentation is needed by authorities. The administrative processes established to permit humanitarians to implement around the country are often lengthy and limited in feedback. The geographical break-down of access constraints continues to put the South (particularly Sebha and Murzuq) in a comparative disadvantage in terms of access. It is worth noting that many of the areas in South Libya also lack enough operational presence of INGOs, which is impacting the capacity to conduct needs assessments and deliver aid in a principled manner across the region.