This study is one of eight country needs assessments of civil society capacities conducted as a preliminary activity within the EC-funded project Technical Assistance to Civil Society (TACSO) in IPA Countries (EuropeAid/127427/C/SER/Multi/5 – additional services)

The aim of the study is to provide an update of the comprehensive assessment of civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina that was conducted in 2009. This updated study also contains new developments of the environment in which the civil society operates.

The study provides insight into strengths and weaknesses of the civil society, and its impacts to date and the challenges it faces to its further development.

The study is based upon a combination of desk research embracing all relevant documentation, including legal and financial legislation applicable to civil society, previous civil society mappings and evaluations, situation analyses, policy documents and country-specific academic literature, and a consultative stakeholder analysis carried out by means of interviews and questionnaire surveys with civil society organisations (CSOs), government actors, donor organisations and other institutional players.