Faith-Based Organisations host training on Istanbul Principles & Development Effectiveness

Gathering twenty three representatives from Faith-Based Organisations around the world, ACT Alliance, on behalf of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) hosted a training workshop on Istanbul Principles and Development Effectiveness last 17-18 June at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

The two-day event marked the second global gathering of Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) as a sectoral constituency of the CPDE platform.

The training provided an opportunity for participants to comprehensively discuss and reflect on the eight Istanbul Principles and how these can be translated to diaconal work. The need for human rights-based approaches, enabling environment, CSO accountability and transparency were also central themes addressed during the training.

“There is a great demand for human rights based approaches and the need for accountability. We need to show that we are transparent and accountable as CSOs,” stressed Eva Ekelund from the Church of Sweden and FBO sectoral representative to CPDE.

CPDE Co-Chair Justin Kilcullen facilitated the event and emphasised the important role of FBOs in reaching out to grassroots organisations.

Meanwhile, ACT Alliance Secretariat Director Paulina Parhiala talked about the relevance of the Istanbul Principles in the context of the post-2015 development framework. She stressed that one of the primary duties of CSOs is to “advance our own effectiveness and that of other actors in development.”

At the end of the training, participants pledged to carry on and deepen their work on development effectiveness by going back to their own constituencies to re-echo their learnings. The group also resolved to hold a Training of Trainers (ToT) in Latin America next year in order to intensify outreach and knowledge sharing efforts towards post-2015.

“It is a journey we started on together, in which all are called to take an active role during and beyond the training,” Parhiala added.

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