Supporting humanitarian and post-emergency planning and coordination
Since its outset, the Libyan crisis was characterized by limited availability of information and challenges in humanitarian coordination. This was largely a result of the nature of the crisis, and the related issues around accessibility and context volatility. REACH was deployed in Libya in May 2011 to help filling the resulting gaps among humanitarian actors through the facilitation of interagency assessments and provision of mapping services.
The conflict which engulfed Libya in 2011 saw a high level of urban and semi-urban fighting, causing significant damage to public and private housing and infrastructure. The conflict caused wide displacement; there was an urgent need for the humanitarian community to respond through humanitarian assistance, as well as to prepare the ground for the post conflict recovery. The very nature of the conflict and crisis, however, made the gathering of accurate information often difficult due to not only the level and expanse of damages, but also the proximity of the conflict to those very areas targeted for assessment.