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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