During the autumn and winter 2019, EU TACSO 3 has conducted a thorough analysis of the state of civil society in the Western Balkans and Turkey (WBT). Through intense consultations with nearly 700 CSOs, public institutions, donors and other stakeholders, the findings of the research have been validated and synthesized in the form of the Report named: Assessment on the State of the Enabling Environment and Capacities of Civil Society against the Guidelines for EU support to Civil Society in Enlargement Region, 2014-2020 for the period 2018-2019.
We proudly announce that the Full Report is publicly available offering for the first time a coherent picture on the state of civil society in the WBT. It presents key findings, conclusions and recommendations with regards to the three major areas: 1) conducive environment for civil society development; 2) changing relations between CSOs and government and 3) capacity of CSOs. The Report has demonstrated that Albania, Kosovo* and North Macedonia have been assessed positively on the conducive environment for development of CSOs, while Turkey, Serbia and, to some extent, Bosnia and Herzegovina have received a negative assessment, leaving Montenegro in the middle.
Country briefs summary as well as individual country assessments give more details about the specific situation in each of the countries:
The Data-set document presents all information collected during the data-gathering and provides an insight into (lack of) available data on enabling environment and civil society.
We are grateful to BCSDN researchers who conducted the field work and prepared the Report and all stakeholders who have contributed to this assessment, including EU Delegations and National Resource Centres in the seven respective IPA Beneficiaries, organisations and donors who have generously shared their resources, data and suggestions.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.