Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness

February 15, 2018


Istanbul Principles. The Istanbul Principles are a statement of common values and approaches to guide CSO work, with adaptability to highly diverse and different country context and CSO approaches. They have universal application to CSO roles and practices in all settings, including conflict situations, in different areas of work from service delivery to policy advocacy, and along a continuum from humanitarian emergencies to long-term development. They encapsulate principles from different international agreements and agreements on development that we wish to apply as a foundation for CSOs to reflect upon, evaluate, and continuously improve, their development effectiveness and practice.


The eight principles for development effectiveness is a product of a two-year consultations with CSOs, partners, governments, donors, South-South cooperators and emerging national economies  The Istanbul Principles also form part of CSOs commitment to the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.


Download the Istanbul Principles document here.

Download the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness here.

Download the Istanbul Principles Implementation Toolkit here.

Download the Istanbul Principles Advocacy Toolkit here.



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