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How enabling is the environment for civil society in your country – and how do you measure it? In the latest issue of Global Trends in NGO Law, ICNL examined eight assessment tools that seek to measure civil society’s enabling environment, among which is the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development, developed by BCSDN. The other seven tools that have been developed to measure the enabling environment are the following:

USAID’s Civil Society Organizations Sustainability Index
CIVICUS’ Enabling Environment Index
The Hudson Institute’s Philanthropic Freedom Index
The Global Partnership Monitoring Framework, Indicator #2
The CSO Contribution to the Global Partnership Monitoring Framework
ICNL/CIVICUS’ Enabling Environment National Assessments
CIVICUS’ Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment
The report compares these tools by objectives, methodologies, outputs, key dimensions and indicators, data sources, geographic scope and frequency of publication. The tools examined offer a wealth of information about the current state of civil societies’ enabling environments. Global Trends in NGO Law is an online periodical published by ICNL, synthesizing key legal developments affecting CSOs around the world.

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