Evaluation of the Civil Society Strengthening Program in Kosovo Report


October 31, 2010



Under the DG Analytical Services IQC, Democracy International conducted an evaluation of USAID’s Civil Society Strengthening Program (CSSP)in Kosovo to provide the Mission with a comprehensive analysis of the quality and impact of the program and to offer recommendations for future programming in this sector. DI fielded a team to conduct this assessment from October to December 2010.

DI’s team evaluated activities implemented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) from interviews conducted during a three-week stay in October 2010 and from available documents and published reports.

DI’s team found that ISC works well with grantees, but the current project structure of small, short-term grants is not the best strategy for achieving the project’s goals and is no longer appropriate for USAID because Kosovo’s civil society is maturing and requires a more substantive and powerful kind of civil society activism. Based on these findings, DI recommends that USAID adopt a strategy that addresses the need for a limited number of strong, constituency-based CSOs to emerge around key national issues.

Photo Credit: Andrew Halterman

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