The 8 Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness are an integral part of the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness and a distinct globally acknowledged reference of effective development work for CSOs worldwide.

Key messages

  • Respect and promote human rights and social justice
  • Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girls’ rights
  • Focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation
  • Promote environmental sustainability
  • Practice transparency and accountability
  • Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity
  • Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning
  • Commit to realising positive sustainable change