Around 1.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Libya. Many endure difficult living conditions, lacking access to even the most primary of services such as health or education. As such, UNHCR’s involvement focusses on bolstering basic services, improving living conditions for all people of concern, and promoting social cohesion.

In 2017 and 2018, we aim to support internally displaced people (IDPs), people returning home to Libya (returnees), and host communities by introducing quick impact projects (QIPs) throughout Libya.

What are QIPs?

QIPs are small, rapidly set-up projects aimed at helping create more stable conditions in the longer-term while fostering social cohesion. They allow communities to take advantage of development opportunities, help strengthen the resilience of communities and nurture a community spirit. In addition to helping all community members, QIPs can also greatly assist people of concern, including those with special needs, to become involved in community life.

UNHCR response

By the end of 2018, together with national and local authorities, we plan to implement more than 125 QIPs, with the communities who are to benefit actively joining in. Possible projects will include: construction and renovation of essential services infrastructure, such as cash and material support to provide services, as well as material or technical support for local and national authorities.

In the following months, UNHCR both directly and through partners, will engage in projects in Tripoli, Misrata and Sirt in the western region and Benghazi in the east.