Civil society rolls out guides for development

    The Open Forum for Civil Society Organization Development Effectiveness held in Siem Reap, Cambodia in June 2011. Photo by:

    Toolkits for development effectiveness are now under the disposal of civil society organizations.

    The Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, a global fully participatory space run by and for civil society organizations worldwide, released implementation and advocacy toolkits on Tuesday (Jan. 24).

    Emele Duituturaga, co-chair of the Open Forum, said the global commitments incorporated in the international framework — which articulates the civil society’s statement on aid effectiveness — need to be “translated into action at the local level so that the impact is felt ‘where the rubber hits the road’.”

    The ”Implementation Toolkit” will serve as a guide for civil society taking initiatives to putting the eight Istanbul Principles, which were endorsed during the first Global Assembly of the Open Forum in Turkey in 2010, into practice.

    The principles apply in both internal and external settings, and can be used differently, depending on the organization. For example, organizations wanting to increase public confidence could adopt practices promoting transparency and accountability.

    The ”Advocacy Toolkit”, meanwhile, will also aid organizations in meeting success in their advocacies in the environments where they conduct their operations. It provides steps in planning their advocacies. For example, once advocacy objectives have been set out, the toolkit says the organization then needs to identify the people who can best help make them happen.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.