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Civil Society Index in Albania

Duration1 June, 2009 to 31 May, 2010
Project Description: 

Donor: UNDP Albania
Partner: CIVICUS – Worldwide Alliance for Citizen Participation (Johannesburg, South Africa)

IDM through the support of UNDP in Albania and in partnership with CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizens Participation (Johannesburg, South Africa), has launched in June 2009 the start of the Civil Society Index in Albania, a major research project affiliated with CIVICUS ( ) that aims to assess the state of civil society in countries around the world. Since 2003, the Civil Society Index has been implemented in around 80 countries worldwide and it is being brought for the first time in Albania by IDM this year, based on a partnership agreement with CIVICUS. The Institute has been selected, among many other competitors, to coordinate the implementation of CSI agenda for Albania with the purpose to provide an in-depth analysis of the state of Albanian civil society development.

This initiative is a result of an almost 9 month of efforts of IDM team to apply at CIVICUS for the CSI license and further to raise funds for the implementation of this major research project. The Civil Society Index comprises a comprehensive methodology that is designed to assess the performance of this sector through four core dimensions – civic engagement, practice of values, level of organization and perception of impact – which are all elaborated under a fifth dimension, i.e. the environment in which civil society actors operate. During 2009 IDM team has carried out major part of the quantitative research which will be followed by qualitative one in order to produce the Albanian CS Index (by May 2010).