World Vision South Africa works with government in two ways – complementing government priorities and holding government accountable to pro-poor policies.
In complementing government priorities, World Vision South Africa covers the gaps in service delivery through community development projects and disaster risk management project that we implement for between 5-20 years in communities where we have a presence. World Vision South Africa participates in development forums and ensures that communities input into the integrated development plans (IDPs) of the local municipalities. World Vision South Africa also shares its plans and reports with the local, provincial and national government. World Vision South Africa gave input into the National Development Plan and supports its Vision for 2030 for the country.
In holding government accountable, World Vision South Africa advocates for the development, change and implementation of policies that ensure the wellbeing of children in health, education, child protection and participation, as well as gender-based violence. World Vision South Africa has proven models that can be replicated and used by government to address structural causes of poverty in the country. World Vision South Africa implements local level advocacy models that empower communities to be advocates (including children) on their rights, responsibilities and policies that government has developed for them.
World Vision South Africa helps government deliver services in this country and achieve specific goals through an effective partnership in various initiatives that include: Service Level Agreements; support letters for World Vision SA for funding by institutional donors and corporates; input by World Vision SA in policies, monitoring & evaluation, social accountability, and citizen participation; input by World Vision SA in national and integrated development plans; capacity building of government workers by World Vision SA; and more. Our key relations are with the social cluster departments such as Health, Education, Social Development, Children, Women and People with Disabilities, Performance and Evaluation, and others.
We encourage government to take information to the people. Awareness campaigns, pamphlets, educational shows on media and training events should be maximised. We believe that no one should be without information on services that are due to them. Government has the machinery to do that – we have seen them do it for their political campaigns and other programmes.
Government can fund a programme that World Vision South Africa is implementing. Through a Service Level Agreement, World Vision South Africa has implemented HIV and AIDS programs in Limpopo and Western Cape with funding from the Departments of Health and Social Development. World Vision South Africa has also participated in the Expanded Public Work Programme funded by the Independent Development Trust. During the period that World Vision South Africa stays in a community, our Monitoring and Evaluation processes and our experience in community development, advocacy and disaster risk managements makes World Vision South Africa a partner of choice in funding. World Vision South Africa would like government endorsement as and when we apply for institutional donor funding, foundations and corporate.
Our major partners in government include but not limited to
- Department of Traditional Affairs
- Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation
- Department of Health
- Department of Social Development
- Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
- Department of Planning
- Department or Rural Development
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Human Settlement
Our partnership is based on the humanitarian imperative that we are neutral, impartial and independent, apolitical and we do not discriminate against anyone.