This Toolkit is designed for all civil society organizations that work in the development field and wish to make their work more effective by putting the Istanbul Principles into practice. All CSOs — regardless of size, mandate, location, or focus of work—can benefit from the experiences and good practices that are shared in this Toolkit. By the now defunct Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness. 2012. 103 pages. English only.
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Putting the Istanbul Principles into Practice
Core Humanitarian Standard
These are important obligations that communities can use to hold aid actors accountable. From website: The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. This single core standard has been devised to clarify the responsibilities of aid workers, make the implementation of humanitarian standards simpler and easier, and contribute to better humanitarian responses. Not yet available in Arabic.
Recommendations for Integrity in Post-War Reconstruction
List of recommendations for enhancing integrity in post-war reconstruction By: Tiri, which is now Integrity Action (http://www.integrityaction.org/). 2010. 4 pages.
"Istanbul Principles" are eight CSO development effectiveness principles agreed among civil society organizations based on extensive global consultation process. By: Open Forum, which is now replaced by other coordination bodies. 2010. 1 page.
ICRC & NGO Code of Conduct in Disaster Relief
A voluntary Code of Conduct that "seeks to maintain the high standards of independence, effectiveness and impact to which disaster response NGOs and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aspires. Annexes include guidance for Host Governments, Donor Governments and Inter-Governmental Organisations in order to facilitate the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. By: International Committee of the Red Cross (https://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/publication/p1067.htm). 1994. 7 pages. Find Arabic version at https://www.icrc.org/ar.
INGO Accountability Charter
The International Non-Govermental Organization Accountability Charter reflects a consensus among 23 INGO charter members on principles and standards to promote transparency, accountability and effectiveness. Self-assessment reports are available on the website. By: INGO Accountability Charter (http://www.ingoaccountabilitycharter.org/). 2005. 6 pages. English only.
New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
Fact sheet explaining the "New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States," an international agreement signed in Busan, Korea in 2011 at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Since Palestine was declared a fragile state by the OECD in 2013, and since all major donors and aid actors are signatories, this agreement could be an important tool for advocacy by aid activists. By: International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (http://www.pbsdialogue.org/tobedeleted/thenewdealarchive/#d.en.214430). 2011. 4 pages. In Arabic at http://pbsbdialogue.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/New-Deal-for-engagement-in-fragile-states-AR.pdf.