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The NGO Federation of Antioquia (FAONG) is a second degree institution, private with non-profit interests. It´s created in 1988, in order to act as the representative and to promote the strengthening of the non-governmental organizations that work for the social development in the department of Antioquia.

As an association of social Corporations and Foundations, the FAONG enables the knowledge exchange, in which it articulates proposals of social development for the region and the country, representing, defending and guarantying the interest of the associated NGO, in order to facilitate interaction, networking, the coordination and harmonization of plans and programs for the vulnerable communities.

Mission

We aim for the strengthening of civil society and the defense of public goods, by representing NGO and the defense of the interests of the social sector.

Strategic Framework

1.   Advocacy and influence public policy and legislation to favor the organizations of the social sector.

2. Promote the defense of public goods and enable political agreements for equality and equity in the region.

3. Promote and develop organizational capacities in the associated NGO.

4. Encourage and promote social innovation with different methodologies, approaches and social and political transformations.

Lines of action

Besides the representation of the associated NGO, the Federation also offers information services, support, training and networking. All of this is through:

-Institutional Strengthening

Designs and implements institutional process and activities for the social organizations. It seeks efficient and effective action of the Federation members in the field of social development in the region.

-Representation

Promotes and defends the interests and rights of the members, promotes institutional strengths and ensures transparency in the agreements and commitments made on behalf of its associated.

Impact on public policy

The Federation participates in the process of building, monitoring and the evaluation of social development policies at the municipal, regional and national levels.

 –Positioning and networking

Permanent work committees as scenarios where opinion, analysis and collective construction of projects are created from the associated NGO in different subjects.

The Federation of NGO of Antioquia also guides its work and encourage the associated NGO to follow the Istanbul  Development Effectiveness Principles of the Civil Society Organizations 

Istanbul CSO Development Effectiveness Principles

Civil society organizations are a vibrant and essential feature in the democratic life of countries across the globe. CSOs collaborate with the full diversity of people and promote their rights. The essential characteristics of CSOs as distinct development actors – that they are voluntary, diverse, non-partisan, autonomous, non-violent, working and collaborating for change – are the foundation for the Istanbul principles for CSO development effectiveness. These principles guide the work and practices of civil society organizations in both peaceful and conflict situations, in different areas of work from grassroots to policy advocacy, and in a continuum from humanitarian emergencies to long-term development.

1. Respect and promote human rights and social justice

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … develop and implement strategies, activities and practices that promote individual and collective human rights, including the right to development, with dignity, decent work, social justice and equity for all people.

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

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … promote and practice development cooperation embodying gender equity, reflecting women’s concerns and experience, while supporting women’s efforts to realize their individual and collective rights, participating as fully empowered actors in the development process.

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

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … support the empowerment and inclusive participation of people to expand their democratic ownership over policies and development initiatives that affect their lives, with an emphasis on  the poor and marginalized.

4. Promote Environmental Sustainability

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … develop and implement priorities and approaches that promote environmental sustainability for present and future generations, including urgent responses to climate crises, with specific  attention to the socio-economic, cultural and indigenous conditions for ecological integrity and justice.

5. Practice transparency and accountability

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … demonstrate a sustained organizational commitment to transparency, multiple accountability, and integrity in their internal operations.

6. Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … commit to transparent relationships with CSOs and other development actors, freely and as equals, based on shared development goals and values, mutual respect, trust, organizational autonomy, long-term accompaniment, solidarity and global citizenship.

7. Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … enhance the ways they learn from their experience, from other CSOs and development actors, integrating evidence from development practice and results, including the knowledge and wisdom of local and indigenous communities, strengthening innovation and their vision for the future they would like to see.

8. Commit to realizing positive sustainable change

CSOs are effective as development actors when they … collaborate to realize sustainable outcomes and impacts of their development actions, focusing on results and conditions for lasting change for people, with special emphasis on poor and marginalized populations, ensuring an enduring legacy for present and future generations.

Guided by these Istanbul principles, CSOs are committed to take pro-active actions to improve and be fully accountable for their development practices. Equally important will be enabling policies and practices by all actors. Through actions consistent with these principles, donor and partner country governments demonstrate their Accra Agenda for Action pledge that they “share an interest in ensuring that CSO contributions to development reach their full potential”. All governments have an obligation to uphold basic human rights – among others, the right to association, the right to assembly, and the freedom of expression. Together these are pre-conditions for effective development.

Istanbul, Turkey – September 29, 2010