Spotlight on Development Effectiveness in Istanbul
Representatives from civil society, government and donor organisations from over 70 countries have gathered for the First Global Assembly of the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness in Istanbul, Turkey, from September 28 to 30th.
One week after a disappointing MDG international summit in New York, civil society representatives have taken a positive step towards a cohesive development effectiveness strategy. The Open Forum for CSO (Civil Society Organisation) Development Effectiveness is pleased to report that representatives from CSOs from over 70 countries have reached agreement and unanimously endorsed a set of principles for CSO development effectiveness. During his keynote address to the two hundred participants at the Global Assembly, Dr.Rajesh Tandon (President of PRIA) described the Open Forum process as “timely, urgent, and critical.”
The Development Effectiveness Principles were debated and discussed during the first two days of the Global Assembly, and the 8 principles are the result of almost 70 Consultations (national, regional and thematic) worldwide. The Global Assembly is the first time donors, civil society organisations and governments have met to discuss the national consultations, and this event marks the cornerstone of the Open Forum process. The agreed principles will guide and inform civil society on the road to the fourth high level forum (HLF4) in South Korea next year.
The Open Forum process was conceived of and initiated by Civil Society Organisations in response to the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Civil Society Organisations from around the world are engaged with the Open Forum process, and it is hoped that these development principles will form the basis of an effective, transparent and accountable strategy for development effectiveness. The Secretariat of the Open Forum is hosted by CONCORD, the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development.
The Eight Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.
1. Respect and promote human rights and social justice.
2. Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women’s and girls’ rights.
3. Focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation.
4. Promote environmental sustainability.
5. Practice transparency and accountability
6. Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity.
7. Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning.
8. Commit to realising positive sustainable change.
For more information about the Global Assembly of the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness 2010, including the Final Programme, please see the website: www.cso-effectiveness.org or visit our facebook page.
You will find the eight principles for CSO DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVENESS attached.