Building on last year’s efforts in assessing the state of the enabling environment in 8 countries of the Black Sea region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, the Black Sea NGO Forum published the second edition of the “Report on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development in the Black Sea Region”, developed by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND. The 2016 Report had the goal to identify timely changes which have occurred in the CSO environment, internal political and economic conditions which affect civil society or the relationship between CSOs and public institutions or foreign donors.
According to the report, CSOs in the Black Sea Region are developing in a dynamic space and adapting to the political, economic and social changes (legislation, conditions, and resources), however, local authorities are still reluctant to them. Priorities and interests have a different hierarchy, which makes it difficult to create a favorable environment for the development of CSOs. The problems faced by civil society are common for most of the countries included in this study. There are some differences in legislation, public discourse and government behavior, but most of the problems faced by the CSOs in the region can be addressed through a pragmatic approach geared towards achieving social and economic benefits. The biggest problems remain the lack of political will and of an education for social responsibility in order to find solutions to different types of challenges, risks and threats.
The study is part of the efforts of continuously monitoring the environment in which civil society operates, both at national and regional level, with the purpose of raising awareness on the existing challenges and potential negative trends, but also to encourage the exchange of experience, best practices and lessons learned in this matter.
The first edition of the report was prepared by BCSDN former employees Tanja Hafner Ademi and Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska, with the aim to support the development of a joint civil society strategy for action in the region. The analytical framework put forward by the BCSDN team is based on 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.
The full report is available here.