With the support of an ACTED team based in Tunis, ACTED has been providing humanitarian aid and has supported civils society and local governance building throughout Libya, from its offices in Tripoli and Benghazi, as well as Tunis. The NGO responds to the humanitarian challenges faced by the country and supports displaced people, who are particularly vulnerable in the current context. . Under its Civil Initiatives Libya banner, ACTED is also offering capacity building, grants, and networking opportunities to civil society and local governance actors. Community resilience is further enhanced with the capacity building of social enterprises.
As the conflict in Libya entered its fourth year, 217,000 families are still displaced, unable to return to their homes due to insecurity and violence. The 279,000 returnees across the country are also facing their own set of challenges, often having exhausted their financial capacities and coping mechanisms and returning to highly damaged areas with insufficient basic services infrastructures. Against the backdrop of this humanitarian crisis, the surge of migrants across Libya, estimated at between 700,000 – 1 million, has continued to go unchecked. These migrants continue to be exposed to abuse and exploitation, including detention, abduction and forced labour, and limited capacity to seek support. The current protection system for refugees and migrants in the country is very fragile.
ACTED’s ongoing programmes aim to respond to the country’s most pressing emergency needs whilst building the resilience of communities through support to civil society, local governance, and social enterprises. Emergency programming includes providing unconditional multi-purpose cash transfers and deploying a cash-based rapid response in case of sudden crisis; establishing a helpline referring vulnerable people to protection services. Additionally, civil society programing includes providing organisational support to civil society organisations implementing quick impact projects. Furthermore, ACTED is offering capacity building, grants, and networking opportunities to civil society and local governance actors under its Civil Initiatives Libya banner.