NFA will work closely with persons with lived experiencestateless persons and persons affected by statelessness, such as stateless persons’ family members, and persons with significant learned experiencegrassroot organisations, activists and national NGOs working closely with stateless persons.

 Based on our work to date, it is clear that when persons with lived experience and significant learned experience lead human rights initiatives and projects, the likelihood of creating and sustaining impact is higher. However, the ecosystem of actors working on statelessness in the Asia-Pacific region and associated power structures remains largely top-down, with decision-making spaces and associated resourcing largely inaccessible to persons with lived experience and significant learned experience.  It is essential to bridge the gap between actors holding different levels of power, to foster a more cohesive, collaborative and therefore more sustainable approach to addressing statelessness in the region

In response, NFA will work to address the impact and root causes of statelessness in the Asia-Pacific region through a bottom-up and participatory approach. NFA aspires to increase the proximity to power of persons with lived experience and significant learned experience through their meaningful participation in the statelessness ecosystem. This includes responding to the issues identified by persons with lived experience and significant learned experience as requiring prioritised action in the immediate, medium, and long-term. This approach reflects NFA’s adoption of a strong intersectional feminist lens to understanding and responding to the issue of statelessness.