Libya

We focus on clearance of Unexploded Ordinance (UXO), Risk Education, Psychosocial Support, Armed Violence Reduction, and capacity building of national authorities.

Country Director
Graeme Ogilvy
Mail: grao@dca.dk

Projects in Libya
DCA currently has 3 donor projects in Libya

People in need reached
In 2019, 56,023 men, women and children in Libya have directly or indirectly been supported

Experience in Libya
DCA have been operational in Libya since 2011

DCA in Libya

As a result of fighting during the 2011 revolution and armed conflict across the country since, many areas of Libya are contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW). This contamination poses a serious threat to the safety of the population, in particular children, whose natural curiosity often leads them to touch or play with these highly dangerous items. As well as a direct risk to human life, these highly unstable items hinder safe access to essential services such as medical facilities, education, water and electricity supply. They therefore pose a significant barrier to the reconstruction and regeneration of town and cities, and act as an obstacle to the safe implementation of many other organizations’ aid projects. To that end, DCA works in areas affected by conflict with high levels of ERW contamination and clears residential, commercial, educational, medical and agricultural sites, ensuring that property and land is returned to socioeconomic use, contributing to stabilization.

Another result of the crisis in Libya has been weapons proliferation, with large numbers of small arms and light weapons making their way into the ownership of non-state actors and private individuals. To counter the effects of this problem, DCA works with very proactive and dynamic civil society organizations, training them in business skills and specialist skills, developing their personnel to design and implement innovative projects to educate communities as to the risk of guns and in particular to resolve conflict which can lead to armed violence. 

New conflicts in 2016 and 2019 lead to on-going high levels of insecurity and have deeply affected most if not all Libyan citizens. Many have endured emotional trauma, witnessed violent acts, experienced bereavement or been displaced from their homes. With the capacities of Libyan health services limited and to alleviate some of that trauma, DCA works through civil society partners to provide psychosocial support to adults and children.

Conflict across the country has displaced over 672,000 citizens and there continues to be a high risk of injury or fatality amongst IDPs when returning to areas that have seen fighting. By educating citizens to the dangers of ERW and by treating the psychological issues of enduring conflict, DCA supports communities and helps them recover from war and rebuild their livelihoods.

In 2020 DCA Libya:

  • Removed and destroyed 2,602 items of unexploded ordnance or abandoned ammunition.
  • Destroyed over 21 tons of explosive ordnance.
  • Cleared over 2 million square metres of land, handing it back to communities for socio-economic use.
  • Directly benefitted over 40,000 beneficiaries through clearance of unexploded ordnance.

DCA is now in its 11th year of working in Libya and has offices in Tripoli, Misrata, Sirte, and Benghazi.

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DCA in Libya

Activities in Libya

Capacity building of Civil Society Partners

Capacity building of Civil Society Partners

DCA empowers Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across Libya working in different fields through mentoring, training, and sub-granting. CSOs design and implement their own projects under DCA’s guidance.

Capacity building of national authorities in humanitarian mine action

Capacity building of national authorities in humanitarian mine action

DCA is strengthening the capacity of national authorities to clear and release contaminated land in Libya and to safely deal with Unexploded Ordinance (UXO). 

Armed Violence Reduction

Armed Violence Reduction

DCA works with civil society organizations to educate and sensitize the population throughout the country to the risks posed to all levels of society by possessing, carrying, and poorly storing weapons. 

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial Support

DCA provides basic Psychosocial Support (PSS) to those most in need in Libya, including IDPs and victims of the conflict. Our services focus on children and young adults and we deliver PSS activities through the local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with whom we partner. To reinforce psychological resilience and increase wellbeing, DCA and CSOs implement recreational, creative, educational, media and sports activities as well as community events, and create child friendly spaces. 

Risk Education

Risk Education

Risk Education (RE) helps prevent injury and fatalities amongst the local population, IDPs, and returnees throughout Libya. Through training and education, communities experience an increase in the level of awareness and knowledge of how to adopt safe behaviour in areas with unexploded ordinance. DCA trains its own staff and Libyan CSOs

UXO Clearance

UXO Clearance

The DCA Libya programme works in clearing Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) through direct implementation and through building national capacity. Through these activities, the DCA teams ensure that communities regain safe access to essential resources such as medical and education facilities, and that property and land is returned to socioeconomic use.

Non-food Item Distribution

Non-food Item Distribution

As implementing partner for UNHCR and in collaboration with other donors as well, DCA has delivered non-food items to displaced people in camps in Sirte and Benghazi. Specifically, in response to decreasing standards of hygiene, the DCA Libya programme implemented an NFI distribution to hospitals.

Read Stories

Clearing the path
In 2017, DanChurchAid (DCA) worked to remove mines and other explosives from a girls' school in the Libyan city of Sirte. 

UNHCR supports DCA project
In 2017, UNHCR awarded DCA EUR 29,859 for the restoration of sanitation and hygiene conditions in Sirte.

The brave deminers of Sirte
Major parts of the Libyan city of Sirte left in ruins

Where we work in Libya

Where we work in Libya

Local Partners in Libya

CSOs

DCA has worked with 14 national authority and civil society partners over the years to deliver NFI distribution, women’s empowerment projects, PSS, AVR, and RE. We are currently working with partners to deliver PSS in Sirte and Tripoli, and RE in Benghazi.

Other Relevant Stakeholders

Libyan Mine Action Center – The National Mine Action Authority in Libya (LibMAC). DCA works closely with the LibMAC, liaising with the Centre regularly, reporting on an ongoing basis, and liaising over access for clearance projects. LibMAC in conjunction with the UN (UNMAS) also perform an external QA function for the programme, ensuring that all our operations meet safety and international technical standards.

Working Groups – DCA is part of the Protection Working Group and regularly coordinates with INGOs and UN agency members of the group to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Relevant International Agencies and Institutions – DCA collaborates to ensure optimal delivery of services with UN agencies (including UNMAS), INGOs, and the donor community. Over the last 12 months (2020), DCA’s Libya programme has been operating in support of projects by NRC, IOM, UNICEF, and Chemonics.

Relevant national agencies and institutions – DCA works in close collaboration with the Libyan Army Engineers, Police, and the Commission of Civil Society.

Donors in Libya

A group of school girls after receiving a Risk Education session, April 2017

Army Engineers are trained in IMAS EOD L1&2, March 2017

DCA’s Clearance Team during a practice exercise in Libya, March 2017

Our programmes

Humanitarian Assistance
We work to save lives when disaster strikes

Safer Communities
We work to build safer communities