Bangkok, Thailand – March 31, 2017
We, civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world, have gathered in Bangkok alongside representatives of our partners in national governments and international institutions, to mark the seventh anniversary of the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.
CSOs contribute in unique and essential ways to development as innovative agents of change and social transformation. CSOs are channels for social solidarity, service, and mobilisation. CSOs implement, monitor, and review effective development cooperation. CSOs enable people to better claim their rights, to improve conditions of life, and to build a democratic society.
In 2010, almost 200 CSOs from 82 countries unanimously adopted the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness. These Principles constitute a statement of common values and approaches to guide CSO work, adaptable to highly diverse country contexts and different CSO approaches. They represent a meaningful commitment by CSOs to the practical implementation of the four development effectiveness principles (democratic ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability).
This workshop in Bangkok has been inspired by the seventh Principle, by which CSOs pledge to create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning. These meetings have represented an important opportunity to take stock of where CSOs have been successful in being accountable for, and effective in, their development practices. CSOs and other stakeholders have been candid in evaluating their experiences with the Istanbul Principles. We have celebrated where implementation has been successful, and acknowledged where further work and greater progress are needed.
Today, we strongly uphold the continued value of the Istanbul Principles as well as associated documents, notably including the Siem Reap Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness. We reaffirm our commitment to take action to continue improving, and to be fully accountable for our development practices.