Philippine civil society sector continues to boast of highest level of
sustainability in the Asian region compared with eight other counties covered
in the 2018 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index.
The Philippine CSO sector is strongest in terms of sectoral infrastructure and is weakest in terms of financial viability. While the sustainability score did not change notably in 2018, scores for the legal environment, advocacy, and public image dimensions all deteriorated.
The study looked at seven (7) dimensions to determine the sustainability of the civil society sector: Legal Environment, Organizational Capacity, Financial Viability, Advocacy, Service Provision, Sectoral Infrastructure and Public Image. A panel of experts working with CSOs were convened to rate the sustainability of the sector in these 7 dimensions, using a rating scale of 1-3 for ‘Sustainability Enhanced’, 3.1 to 5 for ‘Sustainability Evolving’ and 5.1 to 7 for ‘Sustainability Impeded.’ The CSO Sustainability Index methodology relies on CSO practitioners and researchers, who in each country form an expert panel to assess and rate these dimensions of CSO sustainability during the year. The Philippines’ rating for 2018 is 3.5, a further decline from its 2017 score of 3.4, and 3.3 from 2014 to 2016.
The CSO Sustainability Index methodology was developed by the USAID and reports on the strength and overall viability of CSO sectors in more than 70 countries. In the Philippines, the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) has been commissioned since 2014 to produce the report.