Global Assembly 2011

The Global Assembly agreed the final version of the

International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness,

now also referred to as the Siem Reap Consensus.

- Please click here for more information about this outcome statement of the Open Forum and what is next.

Also visit the Global Assembly Follow Up Page for a detailed report of the whole 3-day event including session transcripts, workshop notes, videos, and photos.

Information prior to the Assembly

The Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness is pleased to announce the second and final Global Assembly of the Open Forum, which will take place at Allson Angkor Paradise Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia, on the 28th, 29th and the 30th of June 2011, facilitated by the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC).

Download the Final Draft Agenda.

Download the Participant List to date.

Download the Draft International Framework .

Download the Summary of the Advocacy Toolkit .

Download the Summary of the Implementation Toolkit .



Download the Invitation flyer for the Global Assembly in English, French and Spanish.

Download an information sheet for why government and donor representatives should also attend this event here!

Background Information

Following the first landmark Open Forum Global Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2010, the second Global Assembly brought together over 200 CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) from across the globe to endorse the contents of the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness. Partner government and donor representatives and other development actors were also present.

Whereas the Istanbul Assembly of the Open Forum laid the foundation for the International Framework by facilitating the adoption of the eight Principles of CSO Development Effectiveness, the second Global Assembly in Cambodia aimed to finalize the Framework as a political statement on the road to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, in December 2011.

So who was there? Here are just a few EXAMPLES of the many organizations who have participated:

ABONG (Associação Brasileira de ONGs) – ACT Alliance – ActionAid — ALOP —Australian Volunteers International – Berlin Civil Society Centre — CARE – Civil society Forum of Tonga – CIVICUS – Coalition on PD and AAA realization of Tajikistan – CONCORD — Federation des collectifs d’ONG du Mali (FECONG)—Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition – GURT Resource Centre of Ukraine – KoFID (Korean Civil Society Forum for International Development Cooperation) – Nepal Policy Institute – OECD — Plan International — SINERGIA Venezuela — UNITAS Bolivia – World Vision International — Women for Change Zambia

General objectives of the Open Forum at the second Global Assembly include:

- Discuss, analyze and get final endorsement for the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness, elaborating on the guidelines, mechanisms and indicators, as well as recommendations for enabling environment, based on the consultations and consensus generated from the Open Forum consultation process
- Mobilize CSOs and advocate around the CSO political strategy, including the Open Forum strategy towards HLF4 and beyond
- Explore the emerging activities and commitments at the national, regional and international levels on CSO development effectiveness
- Continue the multi-stakeholder debate with governments, donors and other development actors on CSO development effectiveness and the enabling environment for CSOs on local, regional and global levels

Agenda of the second Global Assembly of the Open Forum

- Day 1: Presentation, discussion and finalization of the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness

- Day 2: Civil Society capacity-building and information-sharing workshops

- Day 3: Multi-stakeholder dialogue and discussion around development effectiveness and the enabling environment for CSOs & CSO Strategy for HLF4 and beyond

Download the full version of Final Draft Agenda.

Please also refer to the below links to view last year’s Open Forum Global Assembly participation and topics for an indication of this event:

- Participant List 2010
- Final Report 2010
- More 2010 documentation

Since the beginning of its mandate in 2009 and until now, the Open Forum has contributed to defining a framework for development effectiveness common to CSOs worldwide in their unique role of independent aid providers through:

- More than 70 National Consultations
- 8 Comprehensive Regional Workshops
- 6 Global Thematic Consultation Processes
- 8 Istanbul Principles of CSO Development Effectiveness

Follow-up and documents

On this page, you can download all of the documents, minutes and presentations associated with the Open Forum Global Assembly.

Download a copy of the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness,

which was endorsed at the Global Assembly in Siem Reap, June 2011

Other documents:
- Summary Report of the Global Assembly
- HLF4 Panel at the Global Assembly
- Participants List
- Videos from the event
- Daily newsletters
- Photos from the Global Assembly 2011
- Media coverage
- Evaluation form of the GA: have your say!

Global Assembly DAY 1: Tuesday, June 28
TimeSessionFacilitator/ PresenterAssociated Files
8:45 to 9:00Welcome Remarks from Deputy Governor of Siem ReapHE Sang RihaSpeech
9:00 to 9:15Welcome Remarks from Cambodian National GovernmentHE Chhieng YanaraSpeech
9:15 to 10:00The Open Forum Process: Where we’ve come from, what we have achieved and where we are goingAmy Bartlett, Global CoordinatorPresentation
11:00 to 12:30Keynote AddressJustin Kilcullen, TrocaireNotes, Video of Speech: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
1:30 to 2:30Presentation on the draft International Framework for CSO Development EffectivenessBrian Tomlinson and Costanza de Toma, Global Framework co-draftersPresentation
Global Assembly DAY 2: Wednesday, June 29th
TimeSessionFacilitator/ PresenterAssociated Files
8:30 to 9:30Overview of the Advocacy and Implementation ToolkitsChristina Bermann-Harms and Costanza de TomaImplemenation Toolkit Presentation and summary document; Advocacy Toolkit Presentation and summary document
9:30 to 11:30Small working groups to test the toolkitsVariousSummary of Advocacy toolkit sessions; Summary of Implementation Toolkit sessions
12:00 to 1:00Presentation and endorsement of the final International Framework edits and contentSmall drafting groupPresentation
2:00 to 3:30Panel Discussion on CSO AccountabilityModerator: Justin Kilcullen. Panelists: Rosa Ospina, Carlos Cabo, Dayna Brown, Maliha KhanPresentations:
- Rosa Ospina
- Carlos Cabo
- Dayna Brown
- Maliha Khan
4:00 to 6:00Future Factory: Workshops on emerging issues in CSO Development EffectivenessVariousWorkshops Notes:
- CSO Effectiveness and Volunteerism
- Accountability, Transparency and Verification - Presentation and discussion of the ICSO Statement for Busan: Notes and Presentation
- Gender and CSO Effectiveness
- Aid dependence and independence of CSOs
- Challenges for the future - what development effectiveness will mean in 2020 and beyond: Notes and Presentation
- International Forum of National Platforms: Notes and Presentation
- CSO Development Effectiveness and the environment: Notes and Presentation
- CSO Development Effectiveness in situations of conflict and fragility: Notes, Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Handouts
- Misuse of CSO status: Notes and Presentation
Global Assembly DAY 3: Thursday, June 30th
TimeSessionFacilitator/ PresenterAssociated Files
8:30 to 10:00Panel discussion on CSO enabling environment and new realities since AccraModerator: Carolyn Long; Panelists: Paul Okumu, Borithy Lun, Ruben FernandezPresentations from:
- Carolyn Long
- Paul Okumu
- Borithy Lun
- Ruben Fernandez
10:30 to 12:00Small regional working groups to discuss enabling environment realities and strategiesVariousReport back notes from:
- Europe
- Asia
- Africa: Africa CSO Key Messages to HLF4 and Presentation
- North America and Pacific
- Latin America
- Cambodia: Notes, 1-pager on NGO Law, Presentation
1:30 to 2:30Panel: HLF4 overview and CSO strategy, messages and advocacy towards BusanModerator: Jake Bharier; Panelists: Hubert de Milly, Jorge Balbis, Anselmo LeePresentations from:
- Hubert de Milly
- Jorge Balbis
- Anselmo Lee
2:30 to 4:00Small working groups to discuss CSO priorities, advocacy and outreach towards BusanVariousNotes/ presentations from:
- Results and accountability
- Aid Transparency and Predictability: Notes and Documentation
- Ownership and the role of civil society in development
- Situations of conflict, fragility and risk: Notes, Presentation
- South-South cooperation
- Leveraging aid for other sources of development finance
- Future development governance systems and frameworks
- HLF4 civil society event and CSOs in Busan: Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Presentation 3
- Future of the Open Forum: what’s next for CSO development effectiveness
- Developing indicators for a CSO enabling environment for governments and donors
4:30 to 5:30ClosingEmele DuituturagaNotes