Governments and Other Duty-Bearers

World Service recognizes that the sustainability of any program relies on engaged and committed governments. Close working relationships with local, regional, and national governments enable us to work constructively with primary duty-bearers but also ensure humanitarian access. When responding to acute crises or working in restrictive environments, gaining access to the people and places where the humanitarian needs are the greatest forms the basis of our working relationship with governments and other stakeholders.

In parallel and depending on the context, we build capacity, improve coordination mechanisms between stakeholders on the ground, and hold duty-bearers accountable for the fulfillment of rights. While we seek to create synergies between state responsibilities and our own, we also work with communities and civil society to advocate to duty-bearers for change.

Indeed, in some places where we work, we recognize that people continue to live in vulnerable situations due to the inability or unwillingness of duty-bearers to fulfil their responsibilities. Governance authorities may also be contested in some contexts which further hampers their ability to meet their responsibilities. Even in these situations, LWF World Service, in keeping with its rights-based vision, seeks to ensure access to rights and services for all.