Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development – Country Report for Serbia 2019

Belgrade, August 11, 2020

Civic Initiatives and the Balkan Civil Society Development Network are pleased to present the fifth edition of the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development, covering developments in Serbia in 2019.

This report is part of a series of country reports covering seven countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. A Regional Report is also available summarizing findings and recommendations for all countries and a web platform offering access to monitoring data per country at

The Monitoring Matrix, developed in 2013 by BCSDN with support of its members, partners, ICNL and ECNL, presents the main principles and standards that have been identified as crucial to exist in order for the legal environment to be considered as supportive and enabling for the operations of CSOs. The Matrix is organized around three areas, each divided by sub-areas[1]:

  1. Basic Legal Guarantees of Freedoms;
  2. Framework for CSOs’ Financial Viability and Sustainability;
  3. Government – CSO Relationship.

The research conducted under the MM aims to provide for shadow reporting on the enabling environment for CSDev and influence Enlargement policy and funding support towards sustainable and strategic development of the sector.

Read more and download the report below.



[1]. As a research tool for measuring the health of the legal, regulatory, and financial environment in which CSO in WBT operate, the Matrix aims to respond to the need of CSOs to have evidence-based research products and capacities to advocate for policy changes towards a more enabling civil society environment.