DW Angola2015 CSO SUSTAINABILITY INDEX FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

2015 CSO SUSTAINABILITY INDEX FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

01/01/2015

The Index covers civil society organizations (CSOs) assessing both advances and setbacks in seven key components or “dimensions” of the sustainability of the civil society sector: legal environment, organizational capacity, financial viability, advocacy, service provision, infrastructure, and public image. When comparing with thirty other Sub-Saharan African Countries, Angola ranked at the bottom of the seven-point CSOS Index with a score of 5.8.

The year 2015 introduced fresh economic difficulties into all aspects of life in Angola. Global reductions in the price of oil and poor productivity in other sectors of the economy continued to increase the country’s dependency on imports. As a result, the cost of living in Luanda rose more than 12 percent during the year, according to the National Statistics Institute. In the face of widespread scarcity, CSOs turned to emergency service provision to help meet the basic needs of Angolan citizens. Some incidents suggested a worsening human rights situation in Angola in 2015. Demonstrations mostly in Luanda called for greater freedom of expression, and the European Parliament adopted a resolution denouncing the arrest of the activists. In addition, a prominent journalist was sentenced to prison for defamation of government officials, and other journalists and activists were imprisoned, detained, or questioned. In a speech to the National Assembly the minister of justice and human rights stated that the human rights situation in Angola "is not bad as they would have us believe." Referring to a restrictive new law on CSOs that went into effect in 2015, the minister defended the regulation of national and foreign CSOs, claiming that CSOs’ activities are often contrary to the purposes for which they obtained legal status.

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