During June 2013 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the 16th edition of their Civil Society Organization (CSO) Sustainability Index focused on Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The index measures and reports on the sustainability of the CSO sector in twenty-nine countries throughout the region. BCSDN has prepared a short review and assessment of the countries in the Southern Tier, which covers the Balkans.
It found that three countries in this tier received a more positive outlook towards their sustainability this year. Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Serbia were all perceived to have made significant positive developments towards the sustainability of their CSO sectors. Despite these positive developments however, CSOs in the region are still hampered by access to financial resources, constrictive and hard-to-navigate legal environments, and a struggle to win the hearts and minds of the public. Stagnation of overall CSO sustainability since 2007 has also been identified which shows the continued lack of significant CSO sector development in this region. For more on the region and country specific assessments please read BCSDN’s full review.