Practitioners Activity Guide

CSOs working to apply the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness in their local contexts have important resources that they can refer to - the Implementation and Advocacy Toolkits that accompany the International Framework.

To further support country level implementation and strategic planning around the Istanbul Principles and enabling environment, Open Forum has developed a Practitioners Activity Guide .

The aim of this new resource is to train CSO practitioners to transmit the concepts and collective experience behind the International Framework and the accompanying Toolkits, and to help CSOs take those first conceptual and planning steps on the path to improving their effectiveness.

Based on the inputs from testing workshops with CSOs from all global regions, a finalized version of the Practitioners Activity Guide is now available.

Download a copy of the Practitioners Activity Guide:


Also download the Practitioner’s Activity Guide flyer

Between August and October 2012, a testing workshop based on a DRAFT Practitioners’ Activity Guide was carried out in each of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, MENA, North America and Europe (see the schedule of consultations here below).

Resources for testing this methodology:

- Facilitator’ Guidance Note and Sample Agenda:

English - French - Spanish


RegionDateLocationOrganizing bodyContact informationAssociated documents
Asia9-11 October 2012Cambodia (Phnom Penh)Cooperation Committee of Cambodia (CCC)Mi Nac: nac.mi at ccc-cambodia.orgDraft Agenda and Concept Note; NEW Outcomes: - From facilitators: Draft Agendas 1; 2; Form; Comments: 1; 2; Moderator’s notes: 1; 2; Checklist; Resource 1; Resource 2; Resource 3; Resource 4; Resource 5; Resource 6; - From participants: Form; Case Study
Africa20 to 22 September 2012Cameroon (Yaounde)Collectif des ONG pour la Securite Alimentaire et le Developpement Rural (COSADER)Christine Andela: andelac at yahoo.comAgenda (in French); Outcomes in English and French
MENA23-24 November 2012Iraq (Erbil)Iraqi Al Amal AssociationJamal: jamal.j at iraqi-alamal.orgFacilitator’s Note with Agenda, Presentation
Latin America17-19 October 2012Bolivia (La Paz)Red UNITASSusana Erostegui: direccionunitas at redunitas.orgInvitation, Methodology, Agenda, Facilitators feedback, Participants feedback (in Spanish)
Latin America20-22 September 2012Nicaragua (Managua)Coordinadora CivilLuisa Molina: lumo327 at gmail.comInvitation; Concept Note; Agenda; Methodology; Report; Feedback from facilitators; Evaluation day 1; Evaluation day 2 (in Spanish)
North America26-27 September 2012Canada (Ottawa)CCICFraser Reilly-King: freillyking at ccic.caDraft Agenda, Background material; NEW Presentation; Feedback from participants; Feedback from facilitators
Europe15 - 16 October 2012Greece (Athens)PLATEAUFortis Vlachos: fotis.vlachos at plateau.grNEW Agenda