2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (January - December 2018)







Libya continues to suffer from the impact of a protracted political crisis, which leads to outbreaks of violence, displacement and a general worsening of people’s living conditions. Availability and affordability of food, fuel, water and sanitation, electricity and medical supplies have decreased and the provision of health care and public services continues to decline, thus exacerbating the humanitarian situation over the past year. This is further compounded by the desperate situation of many migrants and people in need of international protection such as refugees and asylum-seekers. In addition, there are serious protection concerns, linked to the existing conflict and insecurity, including the presence of unexploded ordnance and mines and gender-based violence.

The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018 is based on broad consultations and improved evidence and analysis of assessments. During the assessment and analysis stage we were mindful to engage with development and stabilisation actors working in Libya as their interventions are directly relevant to our humanitarian work. They often provide longer-term and sustainable solutions that reduce humanitarian needs and vulnerabilities over time.

The HRP was developed in close collaboration with the Libyan authorities and stakeholders. In November, 160 participants from all over Libya joined us in a workshop to discuss the needs of Libyans and the way forward towards a collective response to the priorities identified. This reflects Libyans’ and the humanitarian community’s commitment towards a principled, conflict-sensitive, coordinated and more effective humanitarian response in Libya.

The humanitarian community has kept protection at the centre of the HRP in 2018, alongside critical life-saving humanitarian interventions. Our response strategy for the year ahead is anchored around three main axes: 1) rapid response for emergency and life-saving assistance, 2) multisectoral assistance targeting the most vulnerable people and households; 3) restoring basic functionality and access to services.

This year’s HRP is seeking US$ 313 million for the humanitarian and protection response which is targeting 940,000 people in need across Libya. This is an increase on last year’s humanitarian funding requirement and is due to the planned scale up in Libya in 2018 as well as to new response interventions, such as humanitarian mine action and strengthened multi-sectoral approaches to prioritise those most in need.

We firmly believe that together we can work to alleviate the suffering of those most vulnerable and affected in Libya to overcome this difficult period.

Maria Ribeiro
Humanitarian Coordinator


Under the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan, humanitarian partners aim to respond to the most basic needs of 940,000 people out of an estimated 1.1 million in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection across Libya.

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has identified three core strategic objectives to guide a principled, focused, prioritised and better coordinated humanitarian response in 2018. These were informed by enhanced assessments and analysis, as well as operational considerations.

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