New research on civil society in Central and Eastern Europe

October 18, 2019

The Graduate Center's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society has published a report on the long-term impact of aid to support the building of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. "Sustaining Civil Society: Lessons from Five Pooled Funds in Eastern Europe" ultimately finds that the withdrawal of US foundations and bilateral aid agencies after waves of accession to the European Union in 2004 and 2007 was premature; it ignored advice from Ralf Dahrendorf that civil society takes generations to develop.

The report co-authors, Barry Gaberman, Merrill Sovner and Bill Moody, are US foundation professionals who examine the legacy of five pooled funds and derive a series of lessons for practitioners seeking to understand how best to sustain civil societies for the long term.