Civil Society in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Thriving, or Just Surviving?


Is the trend to restrict civil society, visible in Russia and neighboring countries, getting worse?  In some of the countries of the former communist world, it has become more difficult for civil society to operate freely, while in others, civil society plays a strong role promoting reform and responding to regional challenges. These are just some of the divergent trends identified in USAID’s 2015 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI*), which assesses the health of the civil society sector against key indicators in 24 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

These issues will be discussed at a forthcoming forum at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute on Tuesday September 27. 9:30am — 11:00am 6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.


Orysia Lutsevych Manager, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs

Thomas O. Melia Assistant Administrator of USAID for Europe & Eurasia (E&E)

Douglas Rutzen President and CEO, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)


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