According to the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview there are 1 million people in need, a third of which are in acute need. IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified a critical need for non-food items (NFIs). NFIs are the second highest priority need for migrants and returnee informants and the fourth highest need for internally displaced people (IDPs). NFIs include bedding, household kits, such as kitchen utensils and seasonappropriate clothing kits. Many individuals and families have lost all their possessions during multiple displacements undertaken to escape conflict. DTM has identified cost as the common obstacle to accessing NFIs for people in need of assistance in 97 municipalities across Libya. 

With the escalation of conflict and increased movement of populations, the needs for NFIs in Libya has increased since April 2019; as verified by DTM assessments and multi-sectoral needs assessments (MSNA). This need is currently underfunded and IOM - as one of the major contributors in the shelter/NFI sector - has a shortage of NFI supplies to be able to respond to the critical needs of vulnerable populations in 2020. There is a need to ensure continuity in services by bolstering and enhancing NFI provision in 2020, particularly to vulnerable persons who have experienced multiple displacements. 

IOM’s Direct Assistance programme provides lifesaving core relief items to affected populations with a particular focus on the most vulnerable individuals, in the aftermath of disasters and displacements, to restore their wellbeing, dignity and improve their living conditions impacted by crisis. As a major contributor to the Shelter and Non-Food Items sector in Libya, IOM collaborates with authorities at national, regional and local levels, as well as with the wider humanitarian community in the provision of emergency assistance. The Direct Assistance programme also includes provision of snacks and ready to eat food for migrants at disembarkation points when rescued and brought to Libyan shores.