In 2021, the Civil Society Institute (CSI) began the implementation of the second phase of the CSO Meter project.
The project – ”CSO Meter: A Guide to Creation of an Enabling Environment and Empowerment of Civil Society Organizations“ – responds to the following needs:
- Apply CSO Meter monitoring to ensure incorporation of those standards and indicators that have an impact on an enabling environment, current or topical issues;
- Conduct a comparative analysis of civil society environments at both country and regional levels, assess progress or its interruption, and strive towards policy dialogue;
- Form an extended group of experts and organizations to use CSO Meter as both monitoring and evidence-based advocacy tools, thus facilitating the creation of an enabling legal environment and practices.
The Civil Society Institute, together with the European Center for Non-for-Profit Law (ECNL), has been implementing a project since 2017, which aims to create an enabling environment for civil society in Eastern European Partnership countries.
For continuous monitoring and evaluation of an enabling environment for CSOs, a monitoring tool – CSO Meter was developed within the framework of the project. A group of experts and more than 807 civil society organizations from 6 Eastern European countries participated in the development process. It combines a number of standards and indicators in 10 different areas and provides an assessment of both legislation and the practical environment, based on international standards and best practices.
CSO Meter is a unique monitoring mechanism that assesses both legislation and the practice environment in those main directions, which affect civil society in the Eastern Partnership region covering various areas, including those related to freedom of assembly and association, engagement in a decision-making process, as well as access to funding or the right to inviolability of private life. Based on developed standards and indicators, the CSO monitoring tool assesses compliance of the situation in countries in accordance with each direction. The strength of the CSO monitoring tool is preconditioned with the fact that it was developed on the basis of an in-depth consultation and cooperation process, it is the result of efforts spent at the local level and includes topical issues identified by partners following to the context of countries.
At this point, there are prepared a number of reports on the enabling environment of civil society in Eastern Partnership countries by using the CSO meter, while in regard to Georgia overviews of 2019 and 2020 years can be seen.
The project – ” CSO Meter: A Guide to Creation of an Enabling Environment and Empowerment of Civil Society Organizations” – is implemented by organizations of Eastern European countries under the auspices of the European Center for Non-for-Profit Law (ECNL) and with financial support from the European Union. Partner organizations are Transparency International Armenia (TIAC); MG Consulting LLC (Azerbaijan), the Civil Society Institute (Georgia), Promo-LEX Association (Moldova), the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (Ukraine).