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The Istanbul Principles in Practice in Canada

Since the Istanbul Principles were adopted in 2010, CCIC has run a series of workshops across the country to raise awareness about these new international standards for civil society. In doing so, organizations have repeatedly indicated that the most useful tool to help them translate the Principles into practice would be a series of case studies that profile best and most innovative practices in the sector – as it relates to each principle. What follows is just that.

Collectively the case studies show that development is a complicated and iterative process. That learning is an essential part of that. And that no single case study – in particular when it comes to best practice - can be defined by a single Principle.

 

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Istanbul Principle 1

Istanbul Principle 1
Respect and promote human rights and social justice

Building peace in West Africa
CAUSE

PDF 799KB

A support system of trainers and coaches to drive action on human rights
Equitas

PDF 735KB

An “upside-down” structure builds partnerships upon mutual respect and trust
Kenoli Foundation
PDF
578KB

A global campaign helps children learn without fear
Plan Canada

PDF 720KB

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Istanbul Principle 2

Istanbul Principle 2
Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girls’ rights

Flagship program targets women as global change leaders
Coady International Institute

PDF 656KB


Research affirms the value of a feminist approach
Inter Pares

PDF 836KB


Women can inspire the defence of human rights and bring about peace
Kairos

PDF 816KB


Enhancing quality of life in remote Indian villages
Women’s Empowerment International Foundation

PDF 1.67MB

 

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Istanbul Principle 3

Istanbul Principle 3
Focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation

Mobilizing communities in Afghanistan
Aga Khan Foundation Canada

PDF 637KB

A community scorecard helps identify gaps in service
CARE Canada

PDF 1.25 MB

A water project engages a community
Change for Children Association

PDF 658KB

Protecting the right of Colombian children to education
Save the Children

PDF 2.1MB

Literacy centres engage women in community and political life
World Literacy Canada

PDF 665KB

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Istanbul Principle 4

Istanbul Principle 4
Promote Environmental Sustainability

A toolkit shines a light on vulnerabilities to climate change
CARE Canada

PDF 1.54 MB

Solar energy empowers communities
Light Up The World

PDF 651KB

 

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Istanbul Principle 5

Istanbul Principle 5
Practice transparency and accountability

Making disaster relief more effective and transparent
Canadian Red Cross

PDF 472KB

Opening the books allows for criticism and greater accountability
Engineers without Borders

PDF 728KB

Southern partners evaluate INGO value-added and performance
Oxfam Canada

PDF 585KB

Becoming more accountable to beneficiaries of emergency relief
Oxfam Quebec

PDF 883KB

 

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Istanbul Principle 6

Istanbul Principle 6
Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity

Engaging local partners in a more meaningful way
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada

PDF 696KB

Social change for equality
CoDev Canada

PDF 654KB

 

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Istanbul Principle 7

Istanbul Principle 7
Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning

Unearthing the causes of soil degradation and declining food yields
Canadian Foodgrains Bank

PDF 950KB

A “one-stop shop” for donations to relief efforts
Humanitarian Coalition

PDF 813KB

 

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Istanbul Principle 8

Istanbul Principle 8
Commit to realizing positive sustainable change

Keeping water and sanitation knowledge in the community
Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

PDF 601KB

New technologies track progress of households in extreme poverty
Canadian Hunger Foundation
PDF 846KB

A comprehensive approach to increasing literacy rates
CODE

PDF 691KB

A checklist uncovers the “invisibility of disability”
Handicap International

PDF 491KB

Building tourism potential in remote mountain communities
Sombrilla International

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Empowering women to advocate for better health services
World Vision Canada

PDF 930KB

 

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