Civil society commits to Enabling Environment and Istanbul Principles: Page 3 of 3

Posted on 1 July 2013
around CSO DE. Social media will be utilized for expansion of the knowledge and will involve other stakeholders through sensitization workshops and policy dialogues.
The Africans were divided into two groups in doing the regional plan, one for Anglophones and the other for Francophone. Francophone Africans emphasized synergizing the work on CSO DE with their own regional concerns such as respect for human rights, freedom of expression, accountability, good governance, and transparency. They also believe that the work will actually contribute to the society’s recognition of the CSOs contribution to development which is one of the core principles of enabling environment.
The Francophone-African group planned to replicate the training with other organizations. They look forward to leveraging existing networks that they engage with to be able to take the Principles of CSO DE forward. They also look at the possibilities of building communities of practice to serve as a platform to share experiences and lessons learned.
Mr. Alejandro Barrios from Bolivia shared the initial reflections and plans of the Latin America group on how to move forward. The group linked programs on education, environment, and social empowerment to the CSO DE Principles. They also reflected that as CSOs look at their own effectiveness, there should be a unified understanding of what development really means, and then introduced the concept of buen vivir or living well or sustainable development for Latin Americans. CSOs also need to validate their own roles in the changing political, social and economic environment, and should be always informed with concrete plans on how to move forward.
Charlotte Boisteau of France plans to review the current state of play for appropriation and the proper implementation of the Principles at all levels of work. She plans to do internal workshops with other NGOs and local authorities in her country and continue analysis of CSO effectiveness to generate social change.
The regional plans were synthesized by Ms. Lauron in her presentation on the CPDE structure. She also clarified that although the plans are still on the drawing board, these will be inputs to the plans of the Working Group on CSO DE for the next three years. Once there is an agreement on including the regional plans to the CSO DE Working Group, they shall be done within the CPDE structure. Ms. Lauron also introduced the members of the Global Council, including the focal points. The whole training concluded with remarks made by Ms. Amy Taylor, Head of Partnerships at CIVICUS. ###
*The CPDE Working Group on CSO Development Effectiveness is co-chaired by Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.
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