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Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness

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Open Forum's First Global Assembly of CSO Development Effectiveness

Civil Society Institute (CSI) has been selected as a member of the Open Forum's Global Facilitation Group (GFG)

The Open Forum of the First Global Assembly of CSO Development Effectiveness has been held in Istanbul on 28-30 September. Representatives of 192 organizations worldwide have attended the Assembly. The Civil Society Institute has been represented at this event from Georgia.
Following the two-day intensive work, the Assembly has unanimously adopted the 8 CSO Development Effectiveness Major Principles, which have been called the "Istanbul Principles":

  1. Respect and promote human rights and social justice;
  2. Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women 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 realizing positive sustainable change.

The Istanbul Principles have been developed based on the principles formulated by the national consultations held worldwide. We note with pleasure that the principles developed by Georgian CSOs in Bakuriani are in full harmony with the 8 principles adopted in Istanbul, thus pointing at the high level of consultations held in Georgia. Notably, the organizers and participants of the Assembly have highly appraised the report and materials of the Georgian national consultations. In private talks many participants of the Assembly have referred to it as one of the best. We believe that the Istanbul document will become a guide for the CSOs in all countries.
The composition of the Open Forum's Global Facilitation Group.has been renewed at the Assembly. The Group consists of 29 member organizations elected by a global regional principle. Europe had the right to elect in this group 4 CSOs, and it is even more pleasant that the Georgian organization - Civil Society Institute (CSI) - has been elected among them. We find this to be a unique opportunity for all of us to be more actively involved in the global processes of development effectiveness and share our opinions and visions with the CSOs, governments, and donors worldwide.

Full version of the "Istanbul Principles"