Since its outset in early 2011, the Libyan crisis has been characterized by limited availability of data to inform humanitarian planning. REACH was first deployed in Libya in May 2011 to help fill such information gaps among humanitarian actors through the facilitation of interagency assessments and the provision of mapping services. In partnership with the Global Shelter Cluster, REACH facilitated a comprehensive assessment of shelters damaged by conflict throughout Libya. In 2012, REACH also partnered with UNICEF and the Libyan Ministry of Education in order to facilitate an assessment of all schools in the country, contributing to filling information gaps that were impeding planning and reconstruction. REACH’s first deployment in Libya was completed in December 2012.

Since March 2014, the highly volatile security situation and political instability which has been affecting Libya has caused large waves of internal displacement and migration toward other countries. With very limited funding of the Libya Humanitarian Appeal and therefore limited resources available to humanitarian actors to respond to acute humanitarian needs and build resilience of displaced and host population, humanitarian actors anticipated that the needs of affected population will continue to increase.

In order to fill information gaps on such needs and inform a coordinated and efficient humanitarian response in Libya, between May and June 2015, REACH designed and implemented a nationwide Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA) which has since served as a basis for the development of the response strategy and of the Libya Humanitarian Appeal launched in July 2015.

Going forward, this MSNA will be used as a baseline to further monitor needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Libya over the coming year. This can be valuable for the action of the entire humanitarian community involved in Libya, providing a clear overview of the needs of the most vulnerable IDPs so that relevant actors are more capable of understanding the needs of the people and are empowered to better respond to them.