CSO Meter – Country Report 2021


On Tuesday, May 24th, at 11:00, at the hotel Courtyard by Marriot, the Civil Society Institute (CSI), along with the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) and the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) will present a new 2021 country report for CSO Meter: A Compass to Conducive Environment and CSO Empowerment.

The CSO Meter is a monitoring tool used to assess the legislative and practical environment for CSOs, human rights defenders, and activists in Eastern European Partnership countries. The report covers 11 areas pertaining to enabling environment for CSOs and assigns quantitative scores under each area. The scores range from 1 to 7, where 1 signifies the lowest possible score (extremely unfavourable – authoritarian – environment) and 7 signifies the highest possible score (extremely favourable environment).

According to the 2021 CSO Meter report, the environment for CSOs, human rights defenders, and activists in Georgia was assessed with a score of 4.7 out of 7 (Legislation: 5.2, Practice 4.3). These results place Georgia as a medium-risk country for CSOs.

CSO-Meter is an annual report that periodically and continuously assesses the CSO environment in Eastern European Partnership countries, including Georgia. The report also evaluates the progress in implementing the previously issued recommendations for creating a conducive CSO environment.

The representatives of CSOs, international donor organizations, and state agencies will be participating in the event.

This event is organised within the framework of the Action “CSO Meter: A Compass to Conducive Environment and CSO Empowerment”, implemented with the financial support of the European Union. The Project is implemented by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law Stichting (ECNL) and its partners: Transparency International Anticorruption Center in Armenia; MG Consulting LLC in Azerbaijan; Civil Society Institute in Georgia; Promo-LEX Association in Moldova; and the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)