Ukraine has a stable development of civil society organizations (CSO) despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
iDemocracy informs so with the reference to the «Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index 2020» . The index was elaborated by the United States Agency for International Development, the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance as well as the Center for Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance.
The Civil Society Organisations Sustainability Index is an instrument to evaluate strength and general viability of the sector of civil society organizations. It includes seven indicators, namely legal environment, organizational capacity, financial viability, advocacy, service provision, sectoral infrastructure, and public image. The only indicator that shows a slight decrease in Ukraine is the sphere of advocacy due to the resignation of Oleksiy Honcharuk’s government, coronavirus restrictions and officials’ focus on local elections 2020.
«In its subregion of countries from the post-Soviet space Ukraine keeps leadership positions. Indicator of 3.2 points has not changed compared to the previous year»,– noted manager of the «Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index» project Valeria Skvortsova.
The expert iDemocracy Olexandra Reshmedilova has previously analyzed how the Covid-19 pandemic led to a large-scale restriction of democratic rights and freedoms in Ukraine and in the world .