Tirana, 5 September 2014
The Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) launched the findings of the USAID CSOs Sustainability Index for Albania 2013 on September 5th 2014. The Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia has been tracking the status and trends of the civil society development in 29 countries over the past 17 years. The current edition of the report for Albania suggests that four out of seven dimensions of CSOs sustainability have improved in 2013. Despite the indifferent political environment, civil society has advocated on various issues of public concern.
The findings were discussed at a Panel Discussion with civil society, government, donors, media and other civil society development stakeholders. Key note speakers – Marc Ellingstad (USAID), Gjergji Vurmo (IDM), Andi Dobrushi (OSFA), Eralda Cani (PM Cabinet) and Andi Kananaj (ASCS) – and participants discussed 2013 trends for civil society sector. Important developments in rising citizens’ activism, improved public image of the sector, efficient advocacy efforts etc. as well as current challenges such as fiscal legislation, enabling legal environment, role of the Agency for the support of civil society, financial viability and other pressing concerns were debated.