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The 2018 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index for Bulgaria – Slight Decline Compared to the Previous Year

25 October 2019

The NGO Sustainability Index is monitoring the development of the civil sector in 24 states from Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia for the past 22 years. For Bulgaria it is elaborated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL). For 2018 Bulgaria ranks 9th alongside Croatia which is one place below the country’s score for 2017. The countries with the highest level of sustainability are Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Each of the seven fields subject to monitoring and which form the index are being scored on a scale of 1 to 7. A score between 1 and 3 indicates high level of sustainability, a score between 3 and 5 – developing sustainability and a score above 5 – sustainability with difficulties.

The score for the sustainability of the NGOs in Bulgaria for 2018 is 3.4 (developing sustainability) compared to a score of 3.3 for 2017. This slight decline is because of the decline in financial viability as well as the worsening of the public image of the organizations in the third sector in the country

Here are the scores in each field

  • Legal Environment: Score 2.5
  • Organizational Capacity: Score 4.0
  • Financial Viability: Score 4.6
  • Advocacy: Score 2.6
  • Service Provision: Score 3.1
  • Sectoral Infrastructure: Score 3.0
  • Public Image: Score 3.7

Detailed information on each of the fields you can find in the full text of the research paper for Bulgaria:

The 2018 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index for Bulgaria