Understanding CSO Accountability in the Western Balkans: Where Do We Stand vis-à-vis the Istanbul Principles?


BCSDN has extended its research and efforts to further understand the CSOs’ internal environment, practices and its own impact. Below are the available findings from the survey and interviews conducted in 2021 and 2022 as part of this research demonstrating where organizations are vis-a-vis the Istanbul Principles. We also looked at the national Codes from recent initiatives in Albania, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as our own Code of Conduct to showcase the local understanding and efforts towards accountable and effective Western Balkan CSOs. Finally, this document offers further guidance for Western Balkan CSOs on how to drive organizations change based on the Istanbul Principles. The findings are not an assessment of the implementation of the Istanbul Principles but rather a baseline, as well as a commitment and a pathway for our improvement.
The document is available for download here.


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