2020 Civil Society Organisations Sustainability Index
The Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research has presented the results of the study “2020 Civil Society Organisations Sustainability Index”.
The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted all aspects of life in Ukraine in 2020. To control the spread of the virus, the government introduced various restrictions, such as limiting movement and imposing full and weekend lockdowns. These bans led to significant economic losses, hitting small and medium-sised businesses and the entertainment and tourism industries particularly hard. Combined with insufficient government support, the restrictions led to significant job losses and rising unemployment.
On March 2, 2020, President Zelenskyy, backed by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), led a major government shakedown replacing the prime minister and cabinet members. The new government turned out to be less open to cooperating with CSOs.