Istanbul Principles Workshop

Istanbul Principles
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 
•  5:00pm – 9:00pm
Desert Gardens Community Centre, 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops

You’re invited to join us for an engaging, interactive workshop about the Istanbul Principles on Wednesday, February 19th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Desert Gardens Community Centre. These 8 principles are a set of mutually shared values guiding the development work of worldwide non-governmental organizations, otherwise known as civil society organizations (CSOs).


Workshop Description

What is development effectiveness and why do we need it?  Development effectiveness “is promoting sustainable positive change, within a democratic framework, that addresses the causes as well as the symptoms of poverty, inequality and marginalization, through the diversity and complementarity of instruments, policies and actors.” This introductory workshop focuses on understanding the rationale for the Istanbul Principles with a closer look at two principles in particular – using a human rights based approach and developing equitable partnerships.

The workshop is 3 hours long and is designed for people who have experience as development practitioners; however, this event is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about these principles – from students to staff at local NGOs or simply interested individuals.

There will be a break for a complimentary light dinner.


Learning Objectives

  • To understand the origins of and the concepts inherent in the 8 Istanbul Principles for Development Effectiveness and why they are important
  • To analyse the deeper implications of:
    • Using the Human Rights Based Approach as a framework for development practice
    • Developing functioning, equitable partnerships (applicable to any partnership) to implement our activities.
  • To identify next steps for participants and the organization they represent to continue their self-directed learning through access to on-line and other resources.
  • If time, to analyse the application of other Istanbul Principles of development effectiveness identified by participants.

The workshop will be participatory using a combination of presentation, discussion, and case study analysis.


Workshop Facilitator

Rosanna Hille is a development practitioner and educator with 29 years experience supporting non-profit organizations to improve their practice in BC, Canada, and internationally.    Rosanna recently completed four years on the Board of the BC Council for International Cooperation as secretary and co-chair.  Rosanna has an M. Ed. in Adult Education from UBC with a focus on community development.

Anyone interested in attending should register online as space is limited to 20 participants. You can RSVP using the Eventbrite link below or by emailing regional coordinator, Sarah Johnstone, at kamloopsglobalawareness@gmail.com.

Eventbrite - Istanbul Principles Workshop for NGOs


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Global Speakers Series: Challenges Facing Indigenous Women in Guatemala

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Desert Gardens Community Centre (Cactus Room), 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops

The Kamloops Global Awareness Network invites all Kamloopsians to attend Challenges Facing Indigenous Women in Guatemala, the second international guest speaker presentation of the Global Speakers Series, at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 8th at Desert Gardens Community Centre.  The Global Speakers Series aims to bring international speakers from various countries to Kamloops to discuss international development projects around the globe.

The presentation will be delivered by Floridalma (Flory) Lopez Sincal from Guatemala and Michael Newman from World Neighbours Canada.

Flory is a Kaqchikel-speaking Mayan woman from the community of Patzun, Guatemala, who brings 19 years’ experience working with marginalized, rural peoples throughout Central America. Holding teaching and social work degrees, she has served on a small team that planned, implemented, and monitored long-term village development projects in Honduras with Canadian organization, World Neighbours Canada. Following post-graduate studies on gender issues in Mexico, she has been working with both local indigenous women’s groups and lobbying at the national level for recognition of women’s issues.

Michael Newman is a 22-year veteran of the World Neighbours Canada board. World Neighbours Canada is an international organization that supports community initiatives to alleviate hunger, disease and poverty in Asia, Africa & Latin America. His focus has been Central America, which he visits on an annual basis. His most recent visit was in January and February of this year where he visited Guatemala and Honduras seeing five long-term development projects including two financially supported by World Neighbours Canada.

After the 40 minute presentation, there will be a Q&A session. There will also be an opportunity to learn about World Neighbours Canada and how you can get involved locally. World Neighbours Canada is a KGAN Network Member.

This is a free community event. There will be coffee, tea, and cookies provided. Doors open at 6:45pm. RSVP is recommended.

Eventbrite - Global Speakers Series: Challenges Facing Indigenous Women in Guatemala

Global Speakers Series: Reconstructing Rwanda

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Desert Gardens Community Centre (Cactus Room), 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops

The Kamloops Global Awareness Network invites all Kamloopsians to attend Reconstructing Rwanda, the first international guest speaker presentation of the Global Speakers Series, at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 17th at Desert Gardens Community Centre.  The Global Speakers Series aims to bring international speakers from various countries to Kamloops to discuss international development projects around the globe.

The presentation will be delivered by Lama Mugabo, the founder of Building Bridges with Rwanda Consulting Services (BBR), a community development-planning firm based in Kigali, Rwanda. Lama studied and worked in Canada before repatriating to his native Rwanda where he currently facilitates North-South collaboration projects, creating a platform for Rwandan and North American change agents to foster sustainable development work.

Lama will discuss the Rwandan genocide and various reconstruction efforts to form vibrant, economically stable communities. After the 30-40 minute presentation, there will be a Q&A session. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Lama’s local connections to the Kamloops community and how you can get involved. One of BBR’s partners is Developing World Connections; DWC’s president, Wayne McRann, will be on hand to introduce Lama and provide information about his local non-profit organization.

This is a free community event. There will be coffee, tea, and cookies provided. Doors open at 6:40pm. RSVP is recommended.

Eventbrite - Global Speakers Series: Reconstructing Rwanda