Destroyed building in Benghazi, Libya. June 2018. Photo: Alex Koclejda/NRC

NRC in Libya

Libya continues to be characterised by political instability, conflict, economic crisis and insecurity.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2023.


Humanitarian overview 

Since 2011, Libya has been mired in a protracted conflict resulting in increased violence, political fragmentation, and macroeconomic instability. These factors, coupled with shifting frontlines, have triggered widespread population movement. The formation of the Government of National Unity in 2021 brought relative peace, reducing the number of internally displaced persons to 134,000 and increasing the number of returnees to 695,000. However, over 300,000 individuals still require humanitarian assistance in Libya.

Displaced populations, returnees, affected communities and host populations still experience significant challenges as a result of inter-sectional vulnerabilities within a challenging context. This affects their ability to meet basic needs, access rights and services, and compounds risks faced, affecting resilience of individuals, households and communities against future upheavals.

Libya hosts over 700,000 refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers with uncertain legal status and limited humanitarian support, experiencing grave protection risks and acute humanitarian needs.

  • 2,226
    people benefited from our education programme in 2023
  • 3,104
    people benefited from our food security programme
  • 15,643
    people benefited from our shelter programme
  • 2,993
    people benefited from our ICLA programme
  • 13,102
    people benefited from our WASH programme
  • 8,014
    people benefited from other NRC activities


NRC’s operation

NRC began operations in Libya in 2017, expanding support to internally displaced people (IDPs), returnees, host communities, migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Last year, NRC assisted over 59,000 individuals with education, counselling and legal assistance, shelter, water, sanitation, cash, livelihoods, and protection throughout the country. NRC notably responded in Tripoli, Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Misrata and Tawergha. In 2023, NRC increased the capacity of livelihood programming to provide employment and income opportunities through skill development, capacity building, and provision of assets and grants.


NRC EducationEducation

NRC’s education response ensures that children and young people have access to quality, safe and inclusive education. The education environment in Libya requires emergency/transitional and resilience/sustainable support. NRC responds to both through its established community centres, in formal and informal schools, and through remote learning modalities.

NRC also works with communities to provide community-based education services and provides training and support to incentivise teachers. In 2022, the education programme has also scaled up youth activities to include technical vocational training and further learning opportunities focused at providing professional and technical skills. Key activities supported by NRC Libya education teams include:

  • Remedial classes and basic literacy and numeracy – Supports academic achievement and is implemented with a flexible approach whether in-person or remote
  • Better Learning Programme (BLP) - NRC’s flagship psychosocial support reduces possible fear and stress and is essential to improved motivation and quality of learning
  • Teacher professional development - Provides strategies for well-being and active teaching from the INEE Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) training pack and NRC’s BLP
  • Adolescent girls clubs and Adolescent boys clubs - Provide essential leadership, decision-making and social and emotional skills to strengthen their resilience and community engagement
  • Parent-teacher associations
  • Youth technical and non-technical training and social engagement technical vocational training and non-technical training, social engagement and further learning opportunities


NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

NRC supports vulnerable displaced and conflict-affected communities to establish legal identity, including obtaining legal civil documentation (LCD), to claim their housing, land and property (HLP) and employment (ELP) rights, as well as access essential services (AES). This is done through raising awareness on legal protection needs by providing information at the community level. Through group information sessions (GIS), NRC raises awareness on LCD, HLP, ELP, and AES rights, procedural requirements and how to exercise them. NRC is also providing Information sessions to refugees and asylum seekers on relevant topics including residency, work rights, tenancy and civil documentation that provide specific information on available legal avenues.

Furthermore, the ICLA programme provides direct legal counselling and legal assistance: representation before formal courts, administrative bodies, or through collaborative dispute resolution mechanisms. Since 2022, the ICLA programme also provides technical assistance and capacity building to duty-bearers, customary justice actors, Humanitarian actors and displaced community leaders on property rights, protection against eviction, property restitution and compensation.

The ICLA programme also works to build the capacity of NRC shelter teams as well as other shelter actors in Libya in conducting HLP due diligence for shelter and housing intervention. This will help ensure that mitigation measures are in place for not doing harm, including reducing the risk of eviction and increasing beneficiary protection against exclusion from compensation schemes and further displacements linked to insecurity of tenure or lack of access to required legal documentation. Moreover, NRC is strengthening its approach to support access to employment laws and procedures. NRC is now the main focal point in Tripoli and Benghazi for IDP, host community, and returnee people in need of legal aid.


NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

NRC aims at promoting the right to access safe, protective and adequate housing and basic services through functional community infrastructure and facilities for IDPs, returnees, and populations in urban areas heavily affected by the conflict. Adequate shelter is crucial for people to live securely, and the lack of it remains a significant obstacle to a sustainable return in many parts of Libya. In 2022, more than 40,000 individuals have benefited from shelter assistance.

NRC housing interventions comprise an integrated package that includes upgrades and repairs in shelter and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities. The aim is to improve various aspects of the physical shelter conditions, including protection from weather, privacy, safety, security, access to water and sanitation. In addition, our response includes support for essential aspects of family life and daily activities, such as sleeping and food preparation. These measures play a crucial role in improving physical living conditions, safeguarding household assets, and enabling individuals to meet their basic needs and address their priorities effectively.

At community level, the shelter programme seeks to improve access to basic and essential services through the rehabilitation of essential infrastructure and facilities such as health centers, schools, water networks, sewage networks and power lines.

The shelter programme is also working to incorporate renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions at both household and community levels. This integration aims to establish a dependable power supply, enabling uninterrupted daily activities and supporting essential functions and services such as health clinics and water pumping stations.

Cash assistance

NRC’s cash & livelihoods programme aims to improve the household economy of socio-economically vulnerable IDPs, returnees and host communities and to respond to situations where displaced people have immediate basic needs. By applying a market-centric and evidence-based sustainable livelihoods approach and by focusing on both short-term and long-term solutions we can meet the diverse needs of our programme participants. In 2022, the programme has benefited more than 12,000 individuals.

The programme provides support through multi-purpose cash assistance to cover basic needs, improve household living conditions as well as the development of wage and self-employment opportunities in targeted communities. The Intervention strengthens household economy, leading to self-reliance and well-being. To ensure the sustainability of income for households we work with, NRC’s LFS programming supports more inclusive market systems by engaging with existing market actors and excluded populations to co-create solutions which address market constraints in the existing market systems.

NRC’s Cash and Livelihoods response in Libya covers many interventions, from first-line response to integrated programming with other sectors to promote self-reliance. Focus areas include:

  • Basic needs response - rapid first-line response aimed at supporting acute or immediate protection needs with emergency multi-purpose cash assistance.
  • Improve the social and economic well-being and the ability to preserve living standards – provision of regular cash assistance intends to cover basic needs, improve household living conditions, and increase economic and social well-being.
  • Livelihoods Protection and Growth - Promote inclusive business, entrepreneurship, and employment opportunities through the provision of technical capacity building, business readiness skills as well as productive assets and cash grants.

About NRC in Libya

International staff
Areas of operation
Tunis (Tunisia), Tripoli, Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Ajdabiya, Tawergha
National staff

Contact info

Country director

Dax Roque