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
Through 2017 and 2018 DCA has directly helped 40,478 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 explosive remnants of war (ERW). This contamination poses a serious threat to the safety of the civilian 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 explosives hinder safe access to essential services such as medical facilities, education, water and electricity supply. DCA works in areas affected by conflict with high levels of ERW contamination and clears residential, commercial, education, 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. DCA work with civil society organizations to educate communities as to the risk of guns and in particular to resolve conflict which can lead to armed violence. 

Since 2011, the on-going high levels of insecurity and armed violence have deeply affected most of not all Libyan citizens. Many have endured emotional trauma, witnessed violent acts, experienced bereavement or been displaced from their homes. With the Libyan health services severely fractured, DCA works through civil society partners to provide psychosocial support to adults and children across the country. 

DCA is now in its 8th 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. 

Read Stories

Clearing the path
This year, DanChurchAid (DCA) has been working to remove mines and other explosives from a girls' school in the Libyan city of Sirte. 

UNHCR supports DCA project
UNHCR has 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

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.  

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 diaster strikes

Safer Communities
We work to build safer communities