CSOSI 2017 for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Closing Space for CSOs in the Region

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USAID published the 21st edition of their Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, covering developments in 24 countries in the region during 2017. Half of the countries covered reported regression in the legal environments governing their CSO sectors, though the level of CSO sustainability continues to vary widely across the region. While the closing of civic space has been well-documented in the last several editions of the CSOSI, in 2017 governments of a more diverse range of countries further tightened control over their CSO sectors, including both those that have long been ruled by repressive regimes as well as long-standing European Union members. The CSOSI’s regional report for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia is produced by USAID in partnership with FHI 360, ICNL, and an implementing partner in each participating country. BCSDN has partnered with FHI 360 to produce the CSOSI for Macedonia. Read more here.


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