Libya

We focus on clearance of Explosive Remnants of War, Risk Education, Psychosocial Support, Armed Violence Reduction, and training of national authorities.

Projects in Libya
DCA has currently four projects.

People in need reached
In 2016 DCA Libya helped 14,627 people. 

Experience in Libya
DCA have been operational since 2011.

DCA in Libya

As a result of fighting during the 2011 revolution and armed conflict since, Libya is contaminated by a considerable amount of Explosive Remnants of War (EWR). This contamination poses a serious threat to the safety of the civilian population. The highly unstable explosives lie scattered around the communities and, in some cases, hinders access to facilities such as schools, playgrounds, clinics, and water and electricity supply.

The ERW also pose a serious threat to children who are often curious to investigate the deadly ammunition. 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.

Against this backdrop, children and adults have endured emotional trauma, witnessed violent acts, experienced bereavement and many families have been displaced. With a Libyan health services severely fractured, DCA works through civil society partners to provide psychosocial support. 

DCA is now in its 7th year of working in Libya and has offices in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi. 

Activities in Libya

Capacity Building of Local Actors

Capacity Building of Local Actors

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

Training National Authorities

Training National Authorities

Through clearance, search, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal courses (among others), DCA is strengthening the capacity of national authorities to clear and release contaminated land in Libya and to properly deal with Unexploded Ordinances.  

Armed Violence Reduction

Armed Violence Reduction

DCA educates and sensitizes the population throughout the country to the risks posed to all levels of society by carrying, possessing, and poorly storing weapons. 

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial Support

DCA provides basic Psychosocial Support (PSS) to those most in need in Libya, including Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and victims of the conflict. Our services focus on children and young adults and we deliver PSS activities through the dedication of local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) with whom we partner. 

Risk Education

Risk Education

DCA trains its own staff and Libyan CSOs to educate their peers on the risks of ERW. Risk Education (RE) helps prevent injury to the local populations, IDPs, and returnees throughout Libya.

EOD Clearance

EOD Clearance

DCA works with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Clearance towards the elimination of Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) and ERW through direct implementation and through building national capacity. 

Local Partners in Libya

CSOs

As of 2017, DCA implements projects through seven Civil Society Organizations across Libya. However, the total amount of partners (local CSOs) that we have worked with since we started operations in Libya amounts to 14.

Other Relevant Stakeholders

Libyan Mine Action Center – the National Mine Action Authority in Libya. DCA works closely with the LibMAC liaising with the Centre regularly, reporting on an ongoing basis, and requesting the necessary permissions to operate.

Working Groups – DCA is part of the Protection Working Group.

Relevant international agencies and institutions – DCA collaborates to ensure optimal delivery of services with UN agencies (including UNMAS), INGOs, and the donor community.

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

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

Humanitarian Assistance
We work to save lives when diaster strikes

Safer Communities
We work to build safer communities