The Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) was first developed by USAID in 1997 for the emerging democracies of the Europe and Eurasia (E&E) region, and expanded its coverage to include sub-Saharan Africa in 2009, the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, and Asia in 2014. This year’s reports cover 2016 trends in a total of 69 countries.

CSOSI serves as an important resource regarding civil society trends across regions (comparatively) and over time (longitudinally). It is used by local civil society organizations (CSOs) to undertake assessment and analysis of the CSO sector in their countries, both to increase their capacity, as well as to engage in policy dialogue with their governments and the private sector. The CSOSI is also useful for governments, donors, academics, and practitioners to understand trends and key aspects of CSO sustainability in Middle East and North African countries.

2016 CSO Sustainability Index for Asia (CSOSI)