Mercy Corps' program in Libya closed in May 2014 after providing emergency support for humanitarian needs during the country's internal conflict. Over three years, we supported Libyan efforts to protect vulnerable communities and peacefully build a secure foundation for good governance and economic opportunity.
Although the fighting has stopped since the March 2011 uprising, there are still obstacles to Libya's recovery and democratization. Civil society is weak and should be strengthened to build the necessary components of good governance.
Unfortunately, while the country still needs large amounts of support for reconstruction, the response of the international community has not materialized in a way that can facilitate Mercy Corps' work. This scenario influenced the decision to suspend our work in Libya.
- Economic opportunity: Provided recent graduates and young jobseekers with marketable vocational and technical skills
- Conflict & Governance: Equipped local leaders with negotiation and conflict management tools to help promote a peaceful transition from authoritarian rule
- Emergency response: Monitored and responded to emergency humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable displaced populations with local institutions
All stories about Libya
Libya: Coming up for air May 11, 2011
To be honest, I spend too much time looking under the hood of a relief operation. Between the growing demands of program start-up, the maze of UN meetings and post-conflict issue debates, my days get eaten up pretty quickly.
Libya: Humanitarian aid amidst the shelling of Misrata May 5, 2011
As the city of Misrata is indiscriminately shelled and bombed, putting innocent civilians' lives at risk, Mercy Corps emergency response team member Fadl Moukadem is helping coordinate relief efforts in the city, including getting people evacuated from the war zone by boat.
Libya: How things change on the road from Egypt to Libya May 5, 2011
It was early in the morning, when the Imams had just finished their morning calls to prayer. Our driver, Raffa — wearing a smile on his face — waited in front of the apartment building where I was staying in Cairo, Egypt to start the 900-mile-long road trip to Benghazi, Libya.
Libya: Interruption and opportunity in Libya May 5, 2011
I am Osama and I work with Mercy Corps in Libya. Before the war, I was studying industrial engineering in university in Libya. Then this all happened and the universities closed — I am just trying to say how I feel.
Libya: Talking chicken feed in Benghazi May 4, 2011
Mercy Corps' Jill Morehead (right) talks with a Libyan farmer about the challenges of raising chickens during the country's ongoing conflict and crisis. Dwindling chicken feed supplies are driving up prices, making life harder for farmers and consumers alike.
Libya: Got chicken? May 4, 2011
Two weeks ago, we walked into the grocery store here in Benghazi, Libya to look for chicken.
Libya: A birthday wish from Libyan waters April 27, 2011
I haven’t always worked for Mercy Corps. Just before I joined the organization for a job in Iraq, I was studying mathematics in Italy. Before that, I was a captain in the U.S. Army after graduating from West Point.
Libya: Relativity strikes back April 26, 2011
It was a particularly active night in Misrata. Windy, cloudy and every 15 minutes or so....boom! We were too far from the city center to feel the blasts, but remembering each time that the blast was on or next to someone's house is difficult... Silence. The bombardment stopped.
Libya: Relief efforts continue in Libya April 22, 2011
Mercy Corps' team in Libya is continuing relief and assessment operations in two conflict-affected Libyan cities: Benghazi and Misrata.
Libya: My first impressions in Libya April 22, 2011
As we handed him our passports, I was a little nervous. I spent the last two years in Iraq and Pakistan and was used to not necessarily being totally welcome as an American.