The CSO Meter is a tool developed to support the regular and consistent monitoring and assessment of the environment in which CSOs operate in the EU’s six Eastern partner countries.
Consisting of a set of standards and indicators, the CSO Meter helps to evaluate CSOs’ legal framework as well as the situation in 10 areas. These areas include freedom of association, assembly and expression, access to funding, right to privacy and more. The CSO Meter was developed through a highly consultative and collaborative process and was tested in three rounds with more than 800 CSOs across the region.
Developed as part of the EU-funded ‘Monitoring Progress Empowering Action’ project, the CSO Meter has already been piloted and local partners developed country reports based on it in 2019.