Sustainability of civil society in 2019 has remained unchanged

The 2019 Civil Society Organisation Sustainability Index reports that the overall civil society sustainability indicator for 2019 has remained unchanged. Although the sector's performance in the legal environment, sector's infrastructure and public image has fallen slightly, in turn in the area of ​​service provision, performance has improved, while performance, financial stability and interest representation have remained at the same level as in the previous year.

In 2019, civil society faced various challenges. Officials' claims that civil society is a high-risk sector in the context of money laundering have affected the public image of the non-governmental sector, as well as created a negative impression of the sector as a whole. Also in 2018, due to the changes introduced in the Corporate Income Tax Law, civil society experienced a sharp decline in donations. However, it is positive that the public administration at the state and local government level evaluates the services provided by civil society, especially in the field of social services.

The Civil Society Index determines the state of the environment of civil society organisations in a given country, and these country descriptions allow for several years to identify progress or regression in the sector such as: sustainability, legal environment, organisational capacity, financial sustainability, interest representation, service provision, sector infrastructure, and public image.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Civic Alliance - Latvia has drafting the Latvian report on the sustainable development of civil society for 15 years, gathering expert opinions on the highlights of civil society during the year, as well as analysing publicly available secondary data and publications.

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