This is the seventh edition of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Sustainability Index for Jordan, which covers developments in 2018. This edition of the Index reports on the strength and overall viability of the CSO sectors in Jordan. The Index relies on the knowledge of CSO practitioners and researchers, who are form an expert panel to assess and rate seven interrelated dimensions of CSO sustainability: legal environment, organizational capacity, financial viability, advocacy, service provision, infrastructure, and public image.
The CSOSI provides a comprehensive assessment of the capacity of civil society to serve as both a short-term partner in implementing development solutions and a long-term actor in ensuring development outcomes are sustained.
The Index is a useful source of information for local CSOs, governments, donors, academics, and others who want to better understand and monitor key aspects of sustainability in the CSO sector.
Economic challenges, political volatility, and security concerns shaped the landscape for CSOs in Jordan in 2018. Despite new and ongoing obstacles, however, the overall sustainability of the CSO sector remained constant. Two dimensions—legal environment and financial viability—deteriorated during the year, while another two—advocacy and public image—improved.