In view of the situation on the ground, the Humanitarian Country Team took the unprecedented decision to extend the existing Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for an additional five months to the end of May 2022. This will allow for political and socio-economic developments to unfold and inform the nature and scope of any appeal going forward.
In 2021, humanitarian partners estimated 1.3 million people to be in need, of which 451,000 people were identified for targeted humanitarian assistance through the Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The response aimed to reach vulnerable people, assessed as those with the most severe needs due to a partial or total collapse of living standards and basic services, increased reliance on negative coping strategies, and widespread physical and mental harm. Affected populations in need of humanitarian assistance in the HRP included: internally displaced people (IDPs), non-displaced Libyans, returnees, and migrants and refugees, across all 22 mantikas in the country. UN and NGO partners reached nearly 99 per cent of the targeted population by end November 2021 and raised 73 per cent of the total US$189 million requested in funding from the donor community. The 2021 HRP focused on two strategic objectives aiming to prevent disease, reduce risks to physical and mental wellbeing, and strengthen the protection of civilians in accordance with international legal frameworks, as well as facilitate safe, equitable and dignified access to critical services and livelihoods.
Moving forward into 2022, while noting steady improvements to the humanitarian situation as evidenced through needs assessments and surveys, due to achievements on the political and security fronts, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) agreed to extend the 2021 HRP programming into the first five months of 2022, from January to 31 May. The extension considered the changes in the situation in Libya with the number of people in need seeing a 36 per cent reduction in 2022, to 803,000 people in need from 1.3 million people in need identified in 2021. A recalculation of the target population estimates that 211,000 people will require humanitarian assistance for the first five months of 2022, representing specifically the revised target for people in severe need encompassing the HRP extension.
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