CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

First CSI Country Report from the current phase is ready!

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 14, 2010

The Albania CSI Country Report was launched at the CSI national workshop in Tirana on the 5th July 2010 with more than 100 representatives from civil society, international donors and the EU representative to Albania. As an action-oriented assessment tool the CSI is used to assess the state of Albanian civil society. It is based on a broad definition of civil society as “the arena, outside of the family, the state, and the market, which is created by individual and collective actions, organisations and institutions to advance shared interests”.

The CSI draws a set of recommendations for all stakeholders proposing that concerted efforts need to be directed at addressing deficits in civic engagement, transparency, accountability, sustainability of actions and resources, capacities to influence the policy cycle based on local inputs, dialogue and exchange with governmental and other actors, lack of civil society platforms in remote / rural areas etc.

The Albanian workshop discussed various issues emanating from the findings of the CSI Country Report in Albania, some of which included the relationship between civil society and the political system in Albania, as well as the environment in which Albania civil society organisations operate. The report also highlights the need to build trust between the citizens and civil societies in order to foster more civic participation in CSO activities. One means to achieving increased civic engagement is through consultations with citizens and focus groups.

The CIVICUS CSI Team would like to commend the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Albania for the tremendous work they put into the compilation of the Country Report, and looks forward to working with IDM and Albanian civil society in addressing the identified challenges in the future.

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