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

Eventbrite - Istanbul Principles Workshop for NGOs

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Global Speaker Series: Defending Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

MEC women's marchTuesday, October 1st, 2013
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Desert Gardens Community Centre
540 Seymour Street
(Mohave Room)

The Kamloops Global Awareness Network invites all Kamloopsians to attend Defending Women’s Rights in Nicaragua, the fourth international guest speaker presentation of the Global Speakers Series, at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 1st 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.

Defending Women’s Rights in Nicaragua will be presented by Johana Arce, a community organizer and legal advocate for the “Maria Elena CuJohana Arceadra Movement” (MEC) of Working and Unemployed Women. Johana first became involved with MEC in 2005 when she was just 16 years old and is now responsible for its legal clinic in Managua, Nicaragua. She is part of the team who has helped develop and lobby for several new laws in Nicaragua including the 2012 Law Prohibiting Violence Against Women. Johana’s presentation will focus on the ongoing fight to protect the rights of maquila (sweatshop) workers and the rights of women who have suffered from gender violence.

Johana will be accompanied by Kirsten Daub, the Education Program Director for CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev), a BC based NGO that works for social change and global education in the Americas. CoDev and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) were the first partners to support the women who formed MEC in 1994. MEC’s other Canadian partners are: BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, and the United Nurses of Alberta

Johana is visiting BC to receive the International Award of Leadership on behalf of MEC from the Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). As such, this visit is funded by the Government of Canada through the development side of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

The 45 minute presentation will begin at 6:00pm followed by a Q&A period. After 7pm, we will open the floor to an informal roundtable discussion for interested attendees.

Doors open at 5:45pm and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is invited to this free event and drop-ins are welcome; however, we encourage attendees to RSVP if possible as space is limited.

Eventbrite - Global Speakers Series: Defending Women's Rights in Nicaragua

Click here for more information about the Maria Elena Cuadra (MEC) Movement of Working and Unemployed Women.

Click here for more information about CoDevelopment Canada.

Operation Nicaragua wins BCCIC award

The Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua has won BC Council for International Cooperation’s Commitment to Global Cooperation award! This award recognizes individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations in the media, the public or private sectors who demonstrate their global vision through exceptional commitment to international cooperation. The award will be presented at BCCIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, September 28th, 2012 in Vancouver. Here is Operation Nicaragua’s winning biography:

Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua is a collaboration of firefighters, community volunteers, businesses, and partner organizations, both in Canada and in Nicaragua.  The key to our organizations successful delivery of 8 shipping containers and 9 emergency vehicles (with an additional 2 containers and 3 emergency vehicles en route) is working extensively and with our Nicaraguan partner; the Bomberos (firefighters) of Chinandega and Fire Chief Gerry Caceres.  With this alliance the Chinadega Bomberos conduct extensive surveys of communities in need and facilitate the delivery of items on a household level.  We focus on delivering to households and institutions that have no financial means of purchasing items for themselves, as not to disrupt the local economy.  For example, our clothing and shoe distribution targets impoverished seniors and mental institutions, orphanages, garbage dump and fishing communities where self-procurement of these donated items is not feasible.

Gearbulk Shipping and the Conconi Family Foundation are the other essential keys to our operation.  With Gearbulks generous assistance we have virtually eliminated the cost to move the donations from Canada to Nicaragua and the Conconi Family have provided the financial means to bring several projects to fruition.

Some achievements of the group are: construction of a community centre in El Limonal, Establishing a fire station in El Veijo, Delivering 9 fire trucks and an ambulance to 5 cities across Nicaragua, equipping 5 hospitals with medical supplies and equipment, providing water filtration units to hundreds, and clothing thousands of disaster victims and others unable to purchase these items on their own.

It also must be noted that any successes achieved by our group is owed to the countless hours our volunteers contribute, the assistance of numerous businesses and the support of our partner organizations. To summarize, Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua is less of an organization and more of a collaboration of hundreds of caring individuals spanning and uniting our globe.

You can also watch CFJC TV’s local news story on the group here. Congratulations to the entire Kamloops Firefighters Operation Nicaragua team!