CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

Albania reflects on CSI findings

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 9, 2010

The quantitative findings of the Civil Society Index project in Albania, captured in the CSI diamond, initiated discussions about the state, strengths and weaknesses of civil society in Albania at the end of February and early March.

In a series of three focus groups organised by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), the CSI implementing partner in Albania, participants in Shkoder (22nd February), in Vlore (26 February) and in Elbasan (3 March) engaged in discussion about the five dimensions along which the CSI assesses the state of civil society: civic engagement, perception of impact, level of organisation, practice of values and environment.

In all the meetings, participants were quick to underline the CSI’s finding that CSOs continue to face transparency issues and that there are challenges in achieving impact. Interestingly, participants also underlined the CSI finding that citizens are most keen to do voluntary work for political parties, in spite of having the least trust in them.

The discussions from the focus group will now inform and contribute to the final analytical country report which will be presented to the National Workshop in draft form in coming months.

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