Since the Toolkits accompanying the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness were launched in January 2012, CSOs platforms have made important progress on disseminating and putting global standards into practice at national level. See a list of CSO activities on development effectiveness since Busan.
Strategies differ – some CSOs start working directly with the set of eight principles (see methodology of Canadian Council for International Cooperation), while others proceed in order of priority for their work and context.
Luxembourg is an example of the latter – to kick-start implementation, Cercle de Cooperation focused on Istanbul Principle 6 – Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity. The aim is to apply the Istanbul Principles to the North-South partnerships, which are of particular strategic importance to CSOs in Luxembourg at the moment.
The first phase of implementation was the introductory seminar “Understanding North – South Partnerships” in March and April 2012, focusing on:
- Identifying the concepts and realities behind the term "partnership"
- Tools for analysis and decision-making to support the day-to-day partnership management
- Reflection on how the achievements of the seminar can contribute to implementation of the guidelines for "equitable partnerships and solidarity" as defined in the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness
The second phase of implementation in Luxembourg looked at partnerships in more specific terms. Indeed, the second workshop organized by Cercle de Cooperation in May 2012 focused on Partner Selection Criteria. The discussion evolved from the first guideline identified at the introductory seminar, namely: " The partnership is built on the basis of clear and transparent criteria defined by the prospective partners, and the partners then choose each other based on these criteria ”. This second workshop included:
- Presentation of existing selection partner criteria by Luxembourg NGOs
- A collective reflection hosted by an external facilitator to develop further common criteria for partner selection at national level
The two workshops will input to further consultation and the national Implementation Guide on Istanbul Principle 6, which will be consolidated by Cercle de Cooperation on the basis of the Open Forum Implementation Toolkit.
Cercle de Cooperation will thus capitalize on the implementation phase by compiling a "Guide du Partenariat" - Partnership Guide, to be availble towards the end of 2012.
This work of Cercle de Cooperation around Istanbul Principle 6 - Pursue Equitable Partnerships and Solidarity - makes a great example of how the Istanbul Principles are practically introduced to promote ownership at national level.