We recently undertook a mission to Tunis to discuss with Libyan authorities and various humanitarian partners the relevance and scope of an urban displacement analysis in the Libyan situation.
Urban contexts present particular challenges in terms of identifying and accessing displaced people. At the same time they offer an important space where populations find coping mechanisms and solutions to displacement. A comprehensive analysis thus requires a combined profiling analysis of both population groups (eg. IDPs and host communities) and urban systems (eg. infrastructure and services) (read more about urban profiling).
City profiling process underway
JIPS also took part in a city profiling workshop organised by the Libyan Ministry of Planning, UN-Habitat and UNFPA. It brought together various local and central level authorities as well as international partners to discuss the state of cities in Libya and plan for a joint city profiling approach.
The workshop launched a city profiling process originally in six urban areas in Libya. Building on the experience from the work done by UN-Habitat on crisis-affected cities in the Middle East and North Africa region (Mosul, Iraq and Tripoli, Lebanon), the profiles will aim to produce an evidence-base for local partners responding to urban recovery challenges. They furthermore intend to help authorities and humanitarian partners better understand the needs of the most vulnerable populations.
During the workshop, UNHCR and the IDP Office of the Prime Minister’s Office also expressed interest in further supporting the analysis of the situation of displaced and displacement-affected groups within the city profiles. JIPS is currently discussing with partners in Libya/Tunis to identify the next steps for the process, so watch out for more on our Libya country page! And find out more about JIPS’ work on profiling displacement situations in urban contexts.