2009 Tajikistan NGO Sustainability Index
11/18/2009 11:21:11 PM
On November 12th, 2009 the next annual meeting of heads and representatives of Tajikistan leading nongovernmental organizations was held in Dushanbe. The meeting was aimed to estimate Tajikistan NGO sustainability index for 2009. The given program has been held for the third time by Tajikistan Development Foundation in cooperation with the international organizations, namely Management System International and ICNL, funded by USAID.
The NGO sustainably index shows the development level of non-governmental sector in the country. It is mainly based on a sustainability index, which is worked out by Freedom House organization and measured by 7 score scale. 1 score is the highest and 7 score is the lowest level of sustainability. These scores are divided into three general stages: Consolidation (from 1 to 3), Mid-transition period (from 3 to 5), and Early transition period (from 5 to 7).
NGO sustainability index is based on the following categories:
- Organizational capacity
- Financial viability
- Service provision
- Public image
Each category in its turn evaluated on the basis of its own indicators.
Thus, participants, heads and representatives of NGOs, during the meeting discussed each of the categories set forth above, their indicators and evaluated the categories on 7 score scale. As a consequence of estimation, the final estimation has shown, that Tajikistan NGO sustainability index for 2009 is 4.6, which is 0.3 points above the last year index. That result shows that there are certain positive shifts for NGOs activity during the reporting period. Comparing the present year index results to the general characteristic of NGO development level, we could say that in general, Tajikistan NGO sector is in the Mid-transition period (from 3 to 5), which means the following: NGO sustainability sector has marginally improved in terms of legislation and practice. The progress is difficult because of stagnant economic circumstances, non- interested mass-media, and availability of activists, who have desire, but do not have experience.
The overall report of the working group will be published on USAID official website.