International Framework

The Siem Reap CSO Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness is:

- The outcome of the Open Forum consultation process with thousands of CSOs, led for and by civil society from across the globe
- The first ever statement from global civil society on the effectiveness of our work in development
- Legitimate long-term reference for CSOs worldwide as the basis for improving the effectiveness and quality of CSO development work at national, regional and international levels
- Includes the 8 ’Istanbul’ Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness and the minimum criteria for enabling government and donor policies and practices

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(Siem Reap Consensus):

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So… what do we do with the global CSO development effectiveness principles and enabling environment criteria contained in the International Framework? The next step is for CSOs to implement and advocate for them in their own contexts!

Resources for putting the International Framework into practice

International Framework focus areaResources
- Practitioner’s Activity Guide: Training methodology and collection of activities to start analysing how the Principles relate to your and your peers’ current work, and facilitate the first steps towards strategic planning for implementation

Istanbul Principles

- Implementation Toolkit: Guidance on how the Istanbul Principles can be applied at local/national level

(International Framework Section II)

- CSO Effectiveness Wiki: An interactive online platform and one-stop resource center with tools, case studies and best practices from CSOs who are applying the Principles worldwide
MORE : Visit the Istanbul Principles page and Image Library
- Advocacy Toolkit: Ideas from CSOs on advocating for a more Enabling Environment
at local/national level

Enabling Environment - government policies and practices

- CSO Effectiveness Wiki: An interactive online platform and one-stop resource center with tools, case studies and best practices from CSOs worldwide who are advocating for more enabling environment

(International Framework Section IV)

MORE :
- Advocating for endorsement of the International Framework by other development actors in your country or region: Advocacy success stories and tools
- Visit the Open Forum Image Library

International Framework – the background

The International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness is built solely on the content generated from the Open Forum national consultations, regional consultations, and global thematic consultations. The mandate for undertaking this process can be found here.

A first draft of the International Framework was developed from the content of over 50 national consultations undertaken between March and August 2010 as well as regional level inputs. This first draft was made available in September 2010 and discussed in detail at the 1st Global Assembly of the Open Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

As a result of discussions around the first draft International Framework, the Global Assembly 2010 of the Open Forum refined and endorsed the eight Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.

A second draft of the International Framework was developed following the Global Assembly 2010 to reflect the finalized Istanbul Principles and incorporate participant feedback regarding the other parts of the International Framework as well.

The third draft was completed in May 2011 and included inputs of the remaining national consultations, thematic consultations and regional consolidating workshops. This third version was the basis upon which delegates agreed to the final International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness.

At the 2nd Global Assembly of the Open Forum, June 2011 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, delegates agreed on the final edits to the draft International Framework, which in its finalized form is referred to as the Siem Reap Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness.


The time is now for putting the International Framework into practice!

Following the global recognition of the International Framework (and the Istanbul Principles therein) at the Open Forum Global Assembly in Cambodia and then in the Busan Partnership in 2011, CSOs are taking up the challenge to put the principles and advocacy for an enabling environment into practice in their own work.

CSOs across the globe are now bringing the global standards of the International Framework to their local realities and building on our significant achievements and global momentum with the support of the Practitioner’s Activity Guide, the Implementation and Advocacy Toolkits and the CSO Wiki.

The Practitioner’s Activity Guide aims to train CSO practitioners to transmit the concepts and collective experience behind the International Framework and to help CSOs take those first conceptual and planning steps on the path to improving their effectiveness.

The Implementation Toolkit provides guidance and examples to help CSOs put the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness (International Framework Section II) into practice given their own organizational reality and mission.

The Advocacy Toolkit complements the recommendations on minimum standards for an enabling environment for CSOs (International Framework Section IV) suggesting possible ways to build and execute contextualized advocacy strategies.

The CSO Wiki is an open online platform where civil society practitioners interested in and working towards improving the impact of their work in development, can access and share tools, resources and case studies with others also working on improving their effectiveness.

As demonstrated by CSOs in a variety of contexts, the global standards and criteria of the International Framework can be used in a multitude of ways on national, regional and international levels.

See some insightful examples and tools used by CSOs on Istanbul Principles implementation and enabling environment advocacy.

International Framework: Multi-stakeholder Endorsement

In addition, resources are available for advocating support of the International Framework by national governments, relevant regional bodies and international institutions.

Indeed, using the International Framework as a lobby tool by CSOs can increase opportunities for multi-stakeholder cooperation and support. This is why civil society is actively advocating for the recognition/endorsement of the International Framework by national governments, relevant regional bodies and international institutions, and also enlisting prominent spokespeople. Here are the achievements so far - we hope that these can be an inspiration and provide useful resources for your own outreach:

ADVOCACY SUCCESS STORIES

International Agreements:

- Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: see the list of countries and organizations that have endorsed it

Busan Partnership Article 22(b):

We will… encourage CSOs to implement practices that strengthen their accountability and their contribution to development effectiveness, guided by the Istanbul Principles and the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness.

Regional government:

- European Union recognizes Istanbul Principles

National government:

- Japan endorses the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness (July 2012)

- Finland endorses the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness (February 2012)

- US Secretary of State Clinton congratulates civil society for developing Istanbul Principles (November 2011)

- Government of South Korea acknowledges the International Framework, calls on other governments to do the same (October 2011)

- Government of Cambodia endorses Istanbul Principles (June 2011)

Other endorsements:

- Aung San Suu Kyi, OECD, Governments launch the International Framework

- Video Address by Aung San Suu Kyi

TOOLS TO ADVOCATE ENDORSEMENT

- Putting the Istanbul Principles and the Siem Reap Consensus on the political agenda: Letter from Canadian CSO platform to its government

- Demanding dialogue spaces with Civil Society on international cooperation policies: Letter of Civil Society Organizations Alliance in Colombia to its Government


SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES!

Tell us how you have used the International Framework and its accompanying Tookits to affect change or initiate dialogue in your work! Write to us at info at cso-effectiveness.org to share your success and challenges with peer CSOs around the world!

- Twitter: #IstanbulPrinciples and #EnablingEnvironment - we invite all CSOs to use these hash tags to share your own thoughts, stories and tips on implementation and advocacy of the International Framework
- YouTube: Why not do a video on how you use the Istanbul Principles, promote CSO Accountability, and advocate for an Enabling Environment? It can be a video diary, footage of a seminar, or even an animated cartoon!
- Facebook: join us on http://www.facebook.com/CSOeffectiveness
- Open Forum blog: share your own story with the world!