Talk: The Africa CSO Sustainability Index: A Comparative Analysis of Government/Civil Society Relations

Thursday, September 20, 2012

9:30 – 11:30am

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

5th Floor Conference Room

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

 The Africa Program of the Wilson Center, Management Systems International, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and USAID are pleased to host a discussion of the findings of USAID’s CSO Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa. This event, entitled “A Comparative Analysis of Government/Civil Society Relations” will explore the report’s findings for the year 2011.  Established in 2009, the annual CSO Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa CSOSI) relies on local CSO practitioners to assess the sustainability of the CSO sector in 23 selected African countries, based on seven dimensions: advocacy, financial viability, infrastructure, legal environment, organizational capacity, public image, and service provision. For 2011, the Africa CSOSI country scores and narratives reflected improvements in overall sustainability (the average of the seven dimensions for each country) in Kenya and Uganda, and they indicated deteriorating sustainability in Angola, Ethiopia and Senegal. Trends seen across the region included heightened tensions between civil society and governments, in several instances due to elections.

This discussion will feature:  Stephen Klingelhofer, Senior Counsel, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL); Arthur Larok, Country Director, ActionAid Uganda; and John Harbeson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, City College of New York.  The Wilson Center’s Africa Program Director, Steve McDonald will moderate the discussion, and USAID will provide welcoming remarks.

The event will take place at the Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from 9:30-11:30am on Thursday, September 20 in the 5th Floor Conference Room.

RSVP to the Woodrow Wilson Center

Please send your RSVP to Derek J. Langford at

Admission is free.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.
Please bring a photo ID and allow additional time to pass through a security checkpoint.

 Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to Federal Triangle or Red Line to Metro Center



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