Report on the Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development for the Black Sea Region

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coverBCSDN is proud to present the report on the Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development for the Black Sea Region, assessing the state of the enabling environment in 8 countries of the Black Sea region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Commissioned by the Black Sea NGO Forum, the report, prepared by Tanja Hafner Ademi and Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska aims to support the development of a joint civil society strategy for action in the region.

The report gathers and synthesizes proposals for strategic priorities of CSOs in the Black Sea countries via 3-month research including desktop research, on-line survey, focus groups and selected interviews, and identifies the role of the Black Sea NGO Forum in addressing these needs and challenges. The analytical framework put forward by the BCSDN team who conducted the research and prepared this report was based on combination of its experience in monitoring the EE for CSDev in EU Enlargement countries with the Monitoring Matrix Tool-kit and the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Framework for Assessing Enabling Environment Progress, resulting in an analysis of 10 core dimensions of EE for CSDev.

This report is divided in three sections. Firstly, the analytical framework and methodology of the data gathering and analysis is presented. Then, the main section on the state of the enabling environment for civil society development in the Black Sea region follows. This section is divided in eight thematic parts following the same structure: regional overview of findings, country-per-country mapping of situation and set of recommendations and measures addressing the regional findings. Finally, the report concludes with a concept of the regional strategy for cooperation from the perspective of the civil society respondents from the eight countries encompassed with the research.

The full report is available for download here.

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