Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI)
USAID’s Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (the Index or CSOSI) reports annually on the strength and overall viability of CSO sectors in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Mexico. The CSO Sustainability Index is a tool developed by USAID to assess the strength and overall viability of CSO sectors in countries around the world. By analyzing seven dimensions that are critical to sectoral sustainability, the Index highlights both strengths and constraints in CSO development. The Index allows for comparisons both across countries and over time. Initially developed in 1997 for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the CSOSI is a valued tool and methodology used by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, donors, academics and others to better understand the sustainability of the civil society sector.
USAID is continually striving to ensure the cross-national comparability of the Index scores, and to improve the reliability and validity of measurements, adequate standardization of units and definitions, local ownership of the Index, transparency of the process of Index compilation, and representative composition of panels delivering the scores.
Since 1997, the Index assesses civil society organizations strength and viability in countries around the world. The Index:
- Allows other donor agencies to measure success of civil society programming and inform strategic planning
- Useful to capacity building service providers as a description of CSO capacity needs
- Helps advocacy organizations pinpoint and publicize issues in the legal/institutional environment that hinder CSOs' work
The CSOSI is a useful document for implementing partners, local CSOs and intermediary support organizations (ISOs), and researchers in think tanks and academia to understand pressures on and dynamics of CSOs over time, in a country and across countries and regions.
Click here to learn more about CSOSI's methodology.
Beginning with the 2017 Index and for the following four years, FHI 360 and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) are managing the coordination and editing of the CSOSI. A senior staff member from both FHI 360 and ICNL serves on the Editorial Committee as is one or more senior USAID/Washington officials.
FHI 360 provides small grants to local CSOs to implement the CSOSI methodology in country, while ICNL is primarily responsible for editing the reports. Local Implementing Partners (IPs) play an essential role in developing the CSOSI and need a combination of research, convening, and advocacy skills for carrying out a high quality CSOSI.
We have 70+ local partners in five different regions in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America (Mexico).