This brief provides a short overview of key global and European initiatives on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Development Effectiveness and mentions key challenges. Further, it shows concrete examples of how European CSOs have put the Istanbul Principles into practice since 2011. It serves as one of the inputs for the High Level Meeting in Mexico in April 2014, focusing on progress in development effectiveness since Busan. It will also serve as a basis for subsequent work on CSO development effectiveness in European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development – CONCORD and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).
On global level a similar document was produced with more European examples on the implementation of the Istanbul Principles and that document can be found here.
Key messages:
For an effective implementation of the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness, it is essential to contextualise the principles and identify some key starting points for action – according to the particular national or regional context, challenges and opportunities.
A lot of tools and concrete actions have been implemented by the European CSOs, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of actions undertaken.
Nevertheless, it is still important to further raise awareness, exchange examples of both good and bad practices and challenge the perceptions, attitudes and practices of the CSOs.
Ultimately, not only governments, but all actors need to progress with respect to development effectiveness. Moreover, an enabling environment is important to support such changes.