Libya - 2021 plan - Partnership and Coordination


GOVERNMENT: The Office will continue its excellent collaboration with the Government in all spheres of its work, liaising in the first instance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs. UNHCR will also continue its engagement with the key line Ministries in the context of solutions strategy, policy, and normative frameworks. In addition, UNHCR will increasingly engage with Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration to advocate for release of refugees and asylum-seeker from detention centres and with the Libyan Coast Guard to ensure uninterrupted delivery of life-saving assistance to rescued-at-sea people of concern at disembarkation points.

UNITED NATIONS: The Office will continue to participate in the various relevant inter-agency coordination meetings, several UN coordination structures, the Security Management Team and the Operations Management Team, among others. UNHCR will also continue to lead the protection, shelter and non-food item sectors and cash assistance working group through regular coordination meetings, joint assessments and planning, and where possible, joint delivery. UNHCR will continue to strengthen the coordination with and among partners at the working group level, for improved wellbeing of its people of concern in Libya, with the support of agencies that provide targeted assistance and basic services.

NGOs AND CIVIL SOCIETY: In addition to NGOs collaborating with UNHCR as project partners, the Office will maintain and expand its considerable network of NGOs and civil society partners in the different areas of interventions, benefitting from their expertise in specific areas and aligning programmes. Through coordination, UNHCR will ensure that agencies and governmental bodies are continuously engaged including through the inclusion of people of concern in their programmes. The Office will continue to hold regular coordination meetings with its project partners to review implementation of planned activities, reflect on achievements and collectively identify challenges and find ways to address those challenges.

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND STAKEHOLDERS: The Protection and Solutions Strategy of the Libya Operation (2020-2022) was developed in close consultation with the Government, donors, the diplomatic community, NGOs, civil society and people of concern. This Strategy benefitted from (a) strategic and operational discussions with Government stakeholders at all levels; (b) structured consultations and meetings with implementing and operational partners; and (c) focus group discussions with refugees and participatory assessments in line with age, gender and diversity principles, which were held by means of phone calls in the context of the multi-sector needs assessment for refugees, migrants and IDPs conducted by REACH (a leading humanitarian initiative providing granular data, timely information and in-depth analysis from contexts of crisis, disaster and displacement) in partnership with UNHCR. The Strategy places a premium on inter-agency partnership and, where feasible, mainstreaming people of concern into existing programmes of Government, UN agencies, international organizations and NGO partners, including in the development context.