Aid & Development

UN launches the Humanitarian Response Plan for Libya in 2019

North Africa

The Libyan Government of National Accord and the United Nations have launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019, calling for $200 million in order to help nearly half a million Libyans who are suffering from insecurity and instability.

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and the United Nations have announced the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019, which aims to respond to the needs of over half a million people across the North African country who are unable to afford life’s basic needs.

Launched by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro, in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the Response Plan seeks to raise $202 million from donor countries and provide food, water, healthcare and shelter to those in need.

Also in attendance at the launch of the Response Plan were the head of the GNA’s Presidential Council (PC), Fayez al-Serraj, and head of the United Nations’ Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame.

According to the plan, some 823,000 people are in need of humanitarian aid. Of them 243,000 are children.

“Many thousands of families are unable to afford food, water and basic household items, and forced to take desperate measures just to get through these difficult times,” said Ms Ribeiro.

The hope is that this plan can contribute towards improving the deteriorating conditions found in large parts of the country.

Poor economic conditions coupled with fragile rule of law, the panoply of violent non-state actors such as ISIS, and a delicate political situation split between two governments located in the east and west of the country have all contributed to fluctuating waves of instability since the overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011.

“Although humanitarian action is not the solution to the Libyan crisis,” said Ms Ribeiro, “it remains crucial for the stability of Libya and paving the way for a lasting solution and is critical to allow hundreds of thousands in need to live in dignity and respect, hoping for a better future for them and their children”.

Despite the current impasse facing Libya, the intensity of the conflict has generally declined over the past few months with episodes of violence occurring in different areas of the country such as Tripoli, Sabha and on the border with Chad.

Furthermore, with reforms being made to the GNA and PC, and nationwide elections scheduled later this year, there is hope that a renewed effort on a political level, in conjunction with work undertaken on a humanitarian level, will contribute towards improving stability in Libya.