Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action
The CSO METER is a monitoring tool developed to assess the civil society environment in the Eastern Partnership countries. It consists of a set of standards and indicators in 10 areas that will measure both law and practice. They were developed based on a review of international standards and best regulatory practices to address the needs and emerging trends in the region. The objective of the CSO Meter is to provide a framework that will support regular and consistent monitoring of the environment in which civil society organizations (CSOs) operate. The data from this process will be used to produce recommendations and initiate evidence-based advocacy campaigns aimed at creating a more enabling environment. Stakeholders will also have a better understanding of the issues affecting the environment for CSOs and rely on benchmarks based on international standards in order to improve that environment. The CSO Meter was developed collaboratively by a group of experts from the Eastern Partnership region, with the support of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) under the project “Monitoring Progress, Empowering Action” financed by the European Union. The tool is the result of a joint effort by many stakeholders. It was developed with input from many civil society representatives from each of the Eastern Partnership countries, whose input helped ensure the creation of a tool that is responsive to local needs.