CSO Development Effectiveness

In promoting development effectiveness in all areas of work, both within and outside the platform, we push for a human rightsbased approach. We work with a strong focus to support country, regional, and sectoral civil society organisations and people’s organisations, combining this with the coordinated regional and global work on development effectiveness.

Effective development cooperation entails a new form of governance and accountability. It necessitates the creation of various engagement mechanisms for different stakeholders, as well as the strengthening of capacities of all actors to enable them to participate on a level playing field. Entry point of stakeholders to these mechanisms should be found at the national level.

As such, CPDE focuses on outreach, capacity development, and delivering results at the country level. To uphold development effectiveness, CSOs continuously work on their own effectiveness as independent development actors. CPDE acts as a platform for involved CSOs to share good practices, lessons learned, and tools used for the implementation of the Istanbul Principles at the country level and beyond.


Expand CSO accountability frameworks to include effectiveness compacts applicable at the country and sectoral levels.

What we want to achieve

In three year’s time, country-level CSO effectiveness compacts will be developed or identified in a defined number of countries.

The effectiveness compact will include the Istanbul Principles and will be applicable at the country level and the sectoral level.


The number of countries that have achieved effectiveness compacts that include the Istanbul Principles.

The number of countries that apply and interpret CSO effectiveness through the lens of the Istanbul Principles.

Target Arenas

Donors, national governments, and intergovernmental organisations

Key Messages

All accountability frameworks should be developed and applied with the Istanbul Principles, and therefore development effectiveness, at the heart. Appropriate mechanisms for CSO accountability are those that are based on their commitment to the people they serve rather than merely complying with requirements. Frameworks that include the Istanbul Principles will strengthen CSO accountability and maximize their contribution to development effectiveness. CSOs are independent development actors and should be key players in their own accountability. As independent development actors in their own right, CSOs should demonstrate their effectiveness through an effectiveness compact and play a key role in developing the compact. The obligation of demonstrating CSO accountability includes a commitment to upholding democracy and the rights of the people to organise themselves around common advocacy and multi-stakeholder dialogue. As representatives from the ground, CSOs possess pertinent knowledge and experience that will be central to an effectiveness compact.

Other Actors and Alliances/ Partnership Plan

Donors, INGOs, CSOs, governments, and other stakeholders.


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