The Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is convening Breaking Ground and Taking Root: The Istanbul Principles @ 7 in Bangkok, Thailand on March 30-31, 2017.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) contribute in unique and essential ways to development as innovative agents of change and social transformation. CSOs are channels for social solidarity, service and mobilization to enable people to better claim their rights to improve conditions of life and to build a democratic society.
Acknowledging not only their contributions, but also their weaknesses and challenges as development actors, CSOs have affirmed their commitment to take action to improve and be fully accountable for their development practices. CSO development effectiveness speaks to the impact of CSO actions for development.
CSOs are effective as development actors when they enhance the ways they learn from their experience, from other CSOs and development actors, integrating evidence from development practice and results, including the knowledge and wisdom of local and indigenous communities, strengthening innovation and their vision for the future they would like to see.
– Istanbul Principle No. 7
Bangkok Unity Statement
Bangkok, Thailand – March 31, 2017
We, civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world, have gathered in Bangkok alongside representatives of our partners in national governments and international institutions, to mark the seventh anniversary of the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.
CSOs contribute in unique and essential ways to development as innovative agents of change and social transformation. CSOs are channels for social solidarity, service, and mobilisation. CSOs implement, monitor, and review effective development cooperation. CSOs enable people to better claim their rights, to improve conditions of life, and to build a democratic society.
In 2010, almost 200 CSOs from 82 countries unanimously adopted the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness. These Principles constitute a statement of common values and approaches to guide CSO work, adaptable to highly diverse country contexts and different CSO approaches. They represent a meaningful commitment by CSOs to the practical implementation of the four development effectiveness principles (democratic ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability).
This workshop in Bangkok has been inspired by the seventh Principle, by which CSOs pledge to create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning. These meetings have represented an important opportunity to take stock of where CSOs have been successful in being accountable for, and effective in, their development practices. CSOs and other stakeholders have been candid in evaluating their experiences with the Istanbul Principles. We have celebrated where implementation has been successful, and acknowledged where further work and greater progress are needed.
- Our message to our peers in civil society:
- The Istanbul Principles remain relevant to CSOs meaningful contribution to the fulfillment of Agenda 2030. Realization of this duty, however, is challenged by shrinking CSO space which necessitates a redefinition of accountability and effectiveness of all actors in development cooperation.
- Our message to government and donors
- Developing civic spaces are crucial in the effectiveness of CSOs in fully implementing Agenda 2030.
- Commit to leaving no one behind. Processes need to be truly democratic and equal to all actors if poverty eradication and reducing inequalities in countries and between countries is to be a reality.
Read more about the Istanbul Principles, the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness, and other relevant documents and toolkits here.
Come and Join the Istanbul@7 Grand Bazaar!
Sukosol Hotel | Bangkok, Thailand 30-31 March 2017
Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants are invited to bring publications, exhibits, products for sale or for distribution at the Istanbul@7 Grand Bazaar! Spaces with tables and chairs will be provided to those interested to showcase their initiatives and share learnings with other organizations during the conference. Please fill up this for https://goo.gl/forms/pYRUMbHEjgm34PD72 to apply for a space.
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