NGO Partnerships, NGO Accountability & NGO Principles
Dóchas hosted an event on the Istanbul Principles in January 2011, at which Irish NGOs formally declared that they would build on the Principles for their Effectiveness work.
Many of the principles reflected the values already adopted by Dóchas members, through their work on NGO Accountability, which started in 2004 and which saw Irish NGOs develop codes of conduct on public communications and NGO governance, and undertake a piece of research into experiences of Kenyan CSOs of working with Irish NGOs.
The Istanbul Principles provided an overarching framework for Dóchas’ work in this area, and also prompted Irish NGOs to reflect on the central role of “partnerships” in their work. This led to a process of reflection and study, resulting in the Partnership Guidelines, published in 2013.
Have a read of the document, and do let us know how you think they can be applied in the real world.
- “Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation” (2011)
- “NGO Partnerships – Some thoughts from Kenya.” (2010)
- “Aid Effectiveness? – Donors not making enough progress” (2012)
- “NGO Transparency in action” (2013)
The eight Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness are part of the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness. They came out of world-wide consultations of civil society organisations, and can be seen as the guiding values for the development work of CSOs. They are:
- Respect and promote human rights and social justice;
- Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girls’ rights;
- Focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation;
- Promote environmental sustainability;
- Practice transparency and accountability;
- Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity;
- Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning;
- Commit to realizing positive sustainable change
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