CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness

Date: 13th April 2016

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness. The framework for CPDE was developed in Nairobi, Kenya from December 8th – 9th 2012 where 50 civil society leaders and representatives, including representatives from PIANGO – met to outline the issues and define a common vision, goals and objectives. Participants represented all regions of the world – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East and Africa including sub-regions, as well as different sectors of society. The roadmap for CPDE was documented in the Nairobi Declaration for Development Effectiveness

Between the years 2009 to September 2010, PIANGO engaged in the dialogue surrounding development effectiveness – leading to the formulation of the Istanbul principles for CSO Development effectiveness in September 2010. The Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness[2] include:

  1. Respect and Promote Human Rights and Social Justice;
  2. Embody Gender Equality and Equity while Promoting Women’s & Girls Rights;
  3. Focus on People’s Empowerment, Democratic Ownership and Participation;
  4. Promote Environmental Sustainability;
  5. Practice Transparency and Accountability;
  6. Pursue Equitable Partnerships and Solidarity;
  7. Create and Share Knowledge & Commit to Mutual Learning; and
  8. Commit to Realizing Positive Sustainable Change.

PIANGO continued its in-depth involvement within the CPDE from Istanbul till the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea between 29th November – 1st December 2011, where government leaders recognised that civil society organisations play a vital role in enabling people to claim their rights, in promoting rights based approaches, in shaping development policies & partnerships and in overseeing their implementation. Civil society has been recognised as development actors in their own right.

The CPDEs area of work include the following:

  • Continuous monitoring & advocacy on the Global Aid & Development Effectiveness Agenda, ensuring alignment with the Human-Rights Based Approaches, CSO Key Asks and agreements in Busan;
  • Promoting an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organisations; and
  • Building CSO Development and Effectiveness through the implementation of Istanbul Principles and International Framework

As of March 2015, PIANGO through years of lobbying at the CPDE Global Coordination Council and through its various focal persons – managed to secure the separation of the Pacific from the traditional regional classification of Asia-Pacific. As of 2015, the Pacific region is now recognised as a stand-alone region with PIANGO serving as its Secretariat. Work within the Pacific CPDE accordingly is divided up among the 3 Pacific sub-regional groupings of Melanesian, Polynesia and Micronesia in addition to sectoral group interests as follows:

[1] http://cso-effectiveness.org/IMG/pdf/the_nairobi_declaration_for_development_effectiveness.pdf

[2] http://cso-effectiveness.org/IMG/pdf/final_istanbul_cso_development_effectiveness_principles_footnote_december_2010-2.pdf