USAID Estimates Less Than 20% of Armenian NGO’s Active

Nomadic Mindburst

Reporting from Armenia: Artur Papyan

US Ambassador John Heffern mentinoed in a recent videoblog, that according to a USAID survey, the Civil Society in Armenia is “the second strongest anywhere among the republics of the former Soviet Union.”

I asked the Ambassador for details on Twitter and was kindly provided with a link to a very interesting document entitled: “The 2011 CSO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” covering about 30 countries, including Armenia.

NOTE: The more commonly used term NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) is basically exchanged with slightly broader term CSO (Civil Society Organizations) in the report.

“CSOs in Armenia faced pressure on numerous fronts in 2011. The state increased pressure on CSOs in response to a variety of active advocacy campaigns. At the same time, a number of publications and TV programs presented human rights and watchdog CSOs as donor-driven organizations that misuse grants,” the Armenian…

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