We work in 117 countries, and our members come from seven regions and eight major sectors: faith-based, feminist, indigenous peoples, international CSOs, labour, migrants, rural, and youth. Together, we strive for a more effective development, the kind that truly responds to poverty and inequality.
Towards this end, we promote the human rights-based approach to development, uphold accountability in development cooperation, and build the capacity of CSOs to engage in various advocacy arenas. In all these endeavours, we are driven by the aspirations and struggles of the impoverished and marginalised, and the vision of a free and equal world for all.
A world where respect for all human rights, including gender rights, participatory democracy, and economic, social, and environmental justice are guaranteed, enabling effective people-centered development that ensures decent work, a peaceful world, and a dignified life for all.
In our work together we will adhere to the following values: mutual respect, equity and gender equality; democratic ownership; accountability to our members and peers and transparency in all our decision-making and actions. We will adhere to the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.
In December 2012, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness was founded in Nairobi, Kenya by 50 civil society leaders and representatives from around the world.
The new platform, which resulted from the merging of BetterAid and Open Forum, aimed to unite civil society organisations (CSOs) on the issue of effective development cooperation (EDC). EDC was introduced in the 2011 Busan High-Level Forum in terms of four principles: ownership of development priorities by developing countries, a focus on results, inclusive development partnerships, and transparency and accountability.
Since then, CPDE is proud to have the achieved the following accomplishments:
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