Issue 111

CSO Sustainability Index-2011

 13.07.2012

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Each year USAID has been producing the NGO Sustainability Index that covers 29 countries in the Europe and Eurasia Region, including Armenia. The index reports on the strength and overall viability of civil society organizations in each country of the region, highlighting both advances and setbacks in sectoral development, and allowing for comparisons across countries and regions over time.

The Index is an important and unique tool for local CSOs, governments, donors, academics, and others to understand and measure the sustainability of the NGO sector.

Starting 2010, the development of Index report for Armenia is entrusted to Civic Development and Partnership Foundation (CDPF). See “NGO Sustainability Index 2010 for Central and Eastern Europe and Asia” report HERE. 

To produce the Index, an Expert Panel is formed in each country to assess the situation regarding CSO sector in the country. The objective of the Panel is to develop a consensus based rating for each of the seven dimensions of NGO Sustainability covered by the Index and to articulate a justification for each rating consistent with the provided methodology.

These dimensions include:

1. Legal Environment

2. Organizational Capacity

3. Financial Viability

4. Advocacy

5. Service Provision

6. Infrastructure

7. Public Image

The rating covers scale of 1 to 7, with a score of 1 indicating a very advanced civil society sector with a high level of sustainability, and a score of 7 indicating a fragile, unsustainable sector with a low level of development.

See “NGO Sustainability Index 2011 for Central and Eastern Europe and Asia” report HERE. 

Armenia country report can be found HERE.

Armenia’s FM, Education and Science Minister attend EPP summit in Georgia

July 11, 2012

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Armenian Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandian and Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan on Tuesday attended the European People’s Party’s (EPP) Eastern Partnership countries’ inaugural summit, which was held in Batumi, Georgia.

The discussants reflected on the ongoing Eastern Partnership cooperation and its prospects. And Edward Nalbandian presented Armenia’s viewpoints regarding these matters.

Also, the summit participants adopted a joint final declaration, which presented the EPP’s and the summit-participating countries’ vision for the Eastern Partnership’s prospects and the cooperation among the EPP-member political parties.

The declaration also specified that the next such-format summit will be convened at the end of this year and in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.

Separately, on Tuesday morning, Armenia’s FM Edward Nalbandian met with EPP President Wilfried Martens. They exchanged views on Armenia-EU cooperation.

And the aforesaid summit was preceded by the ministers’ meeting.

European People’s Party – Batumi declaration

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