Sectors: Co-op & Development, Human Rights, Local development
Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations
Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Economic Area, European Union
Category: Call for proposals
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ACP countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
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Responsible: European commission
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The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to support CSOs’ contributions to and increase their participation in inclusive national development and policy making, promote accountability, and to ensure that people are able to benefit from quality social services in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
Priorities and funded actions:
The specific objective of this Call for Proposals, reflecting the priority areas of the Thematic Programme’s Multiannual Indicative Programme (see section 1.1), is to enhance the contribution of Eastern Caribbean CSOs in one or more of the following priority areas
– CSOs as actors of governance and accountability: this priority area will support CSOs in their efforts to promote transparency and accountability of decision making, to strengthen democratic governance, policy implementation and the rule of law (including advocacy for legislative reform), as well as the empowerment of stakeholders concerned. Actions should pay particular attention to the inclusion and rights of the most excluded and discriminated groups [e.g. migrants, LGBTI community, persons with disabilities, victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, youth-at-risk, persons affected by substance use disorders].
– CSOs as partners in promoting social development: this priority area will support the engagement of CSOs as partners of government and public authorities in the provision and/ or the effective implementation of more inclusive and responsive social policies. Particular emphasis should be put on those policies protecting the most vulnerable groups of Eastern Caribbean societies against violations of their rights based on economic standing, migratory background, race, cultural and religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or health status.
– CSOs as key stakeholders in promoting inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth: this priority area will support CSOs’ contributions to developing vulnerable groups’ skills and raising the capacity, accountability and conduct of business and market actors, as well as relevant public authorities, with a view to improve consumer safety, raise environmental awareness, promote greener economies and foster people’s ability to participate in, and benefit from, wealth and job creation through better education and vocational trainings, entrepreneurship, decent work and income generation opportunities, particularly for the vulnerable.
Among financed actions
– advocacy campaigns and promotion of legislative reform (esp. in the areas of LGBTI rights, gender equality and discriminatory social norms and gender stereotypes, abolition of the death penalty, prison conditions and other criminal justice reform needs); budget analysis, expenditure tracking, monitoring of implementation of policies and laws; public procurement monitoring and public access to information, legislation, decision making; anti-corruption initiatives, integrity pacts;
– testing of policy innovations and best practices, contribution to policy work and dialogue; participatory budgeting, participatory audits; improving responsiveness of policies to populations’ needs; contributing to the improvement of service quality by stimulating informed demand and social accountability initiatives;
– economic empowerment of disenfranchised populations and out-of-mainstream segments of society; supporting social-economic initiatives aimed at wealth and job creation, targeting populations with limited opportunities for economic empowerment, including affordable innovations; contributing to the improvement of business environment, practices and economic services’ quality by highlighting governance and corporate (social) responsibility and stimulating informed demand and structuring feedback mechanisms, notably using Information and Communication Technologies;
– participation in multi-actor partnerships (including outsourcing schemes where public authorities share selected functions and tasks with CSOs and the private sector); research and knowledge dissemination; networking and structuring of networks; mentoring opportunities for CSOs, peer support and institutional strengthening of CSOs, including on their own accountability.