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Civil society has been, and will continue to be, a critical component of the reform process currently taking place in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The region continues to experience significant change, and while the shifts have national variations, it can be said that there is a general movement towards the structural reforms required for a closer association with, and subsequent membership of the European Union. As a result of the importance of the role of civil society in this reform process, but also as a way of promoting, ensuring and encouraging this role, within civil society itself and within the Governments and other authorities of the region, civil society organisations (CSOs) across the Western Balkans and Turkey receive significant financial and technical assistance from the EC, as well as from a wider range of other donors including bilateral agencies and private sector funds. This assignment consisted in conducting the mid-term evaluation of EU's support to civil society organisations in the Western Balkans (namely in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) and Turkey over the period 2011-2016 in the context of the EU enlargement policy. More particularly, the objective was: - To assess the performance of the assistance both at regional and national level, particularly as regards its relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, EU added value, coherence, complementarity and consistency, impact and sustainability. The assessment of each evaluation criteria should measure achievements against indicators set up in strategic and programming documents. - To provide an assessment of the intervention logic of EU assistance to support civil society in the Western Balkans and Turkey in light of the CSOs needs in the region and the priorities set by DG NEAR in its policy and strategy documents. The evaluation team has also assessed to which extent programming documents are based on a balanced and comprehensive planning of the support to civil society.

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