Yes, European Commission’s new global program entitled “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)” could be the perfect opportunity for you!
The European Commission has recently launched a Global Proposals for the 2020 European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights.
- The global objective of this call for proposals is to support and empower civil society in protecting and promoting democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.
- The specific objective of this call for proposals is to pilot a multi-country resource hub, focused on addressing the dynamics (shrinking, opening) of civic, democratic and civil society space. It should support civil society working on human rights and democracy and other actors to steer change towards greater respect for fundamental freedoms, civic engagement and democratic governance and to elicit a more effective development process at the national level.
The priorities of this call for proposals are:
- Engage long- and medium-term drivers of civic space dynamics according to specific country contexts;
- Offer programmes of capacity building, networking and exchange for human rights defenders and related civil society (including with other stakeholders as appropriate) at a national level and/or with a multi-country or regional dimension;
- Counter the criminalization and defamation of civic actors and civil society;
- Develop and pilot multi-stakeholder response protocols for early action; maintain contacts/networks with national and international actors to assess opportunities for meaningful action; coordinate or mobilize measures at different levels as appropriate;
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 10,000,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds. Equally, this amount could be increased should more funds become available.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
- be a legal person or an entity without legal personality or a natural person; and
- be non-profit-making; and
- Be a non-governmental civil society organization active in human rights and/or democracy work (please note that the Evaluation Committee will take into consideration the different legal forms of registration in the respective countries, for which the applicant should attach a justification);
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicants and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
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