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Sectors: Citizenship, Education - Training, Environment, Human Rights, Justice - Security, Local development, Youth

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Universities

Regions: Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: Enhancing CSOs as actors of governance and Human Rights in Nepal
Main beneficiaries: CSOs, Independent national body, International Organisation 

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Enhancing CSOs as actors of governance and Human Rights in Nepal
Main beneficiaries: CSOs, Independent national body, International Organisation 

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Objectives
* Lot 1: To strengthen the role of Civil society organisations (CSOs) as both, actors of governance and implementers of Agenda 2030, in particular in the new federal context of Nepal:
– To enhance efforts to promote a conducive environment for CSOs, but in particular, those representing women, youth and marginalised groups in Nepal;
– To promote meaningful and structured participation of CSOs, but in particular women, youth and marginalised groups in governance at all levels, and in development activities;
– To increase the capacity of CSOs, but in particular that of women, youth and marginalised groups to be more active and effective members of society

* Lot 2: To support civil society and Human Rights defenders in Nepal working on Human Rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), and democratisation:
– To strengthen the role of civil society in promoting Human Rights and democratic reform;
– To support the initiatives of CSOs for combating discriminations, promoting access to opportunities for economic development and better social security as well as fostering the democratic practices and political participation of all including women, persons with disability and other disadvantaged communities/groups;
– To enhance the respect and observance of fundamental freedoms and strengthening pluralism in political life

Priorities
* Lot 1:
– To strengthen CSOs’ capacities and their engagement on climate change mitigation and adaptation measures with relevant stakeholders in one or more key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, rural/urban development, disaster risk reduction etc., within the framework of Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), under the Paris Agreement;
– To support socio-economic initiatives aimed at wealth and job creation, targeting populations with limited opportunities for economic empowerment, and potential migrants;
– To involve men and boys’ associations, women’s organisations, faith-based organisations, youth organisations, local authorities, the private sector, media, etc. in the transformative process of engendering social change, in particular by challenging stereotypes

* Lot 2:
– To support victims of rights violations with focus on victims and people affected by the armed conflict in Nepal caused during 1996-2006;
– To fight discrimination in all its forms with a focus on securing the rights of vulnerable groups that are already victimised or potential victims to any kinds of violence, discriminations and exclusion based on caste, gender identity, family, religion or belief, physical and mental conditions and work;
– To promote freedom of expression and independent Media with a focus on promoting accountability, transparency and the Rule of Law

Among financed actions
* Lot 1:
– Activities strengthening policy dialogue on gender equality, human and women’s rights to empower women and girls;
– Activities involving men and boys’ associations, women’s organisations, faith-based organisations, youth organisations, and media in the transformative process of engendering social change, in particular by challenging stereotypes;
– Activities ensuring the active participation of women and women’s organisations in decision making processes at all levels;
– Activities strengthening the rights of young people and their empowerment and involvement in public affairs, including by promoting their participation in local economies, societies and decision-making, notably through youth organisations;
– Activities protecting young people including vulnerable adolescents, from abuse, sexual, labour and other forms of exploitation, and hazardous and indecent working conditions;
– Activities supporting the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights;
– Activities promoting the design and implementation of climate-related strategies in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy;
– Activities enabling the transition to a climate-resilient, low-emissions, circular economy through i.a. resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production, including the sustainable management of chemicals and waste;
– Activities making better use of science, technology and innovation to promote climate action and environmental sustainability;
– Activities supporting socio-economic initiatives aimed at wealth and job creation, targeting populations with limited opportunities for economic empowerment

* Lot 2:
– Evidence-based sensitisation and advocacy vis-á-vis legislative organs/executing agencies for mainstreaming inclusion and participation;
– Capacity building activities for Community groups/CSOs;
– Training;
– Activities facilitating dialogues, consultation and discussion with different stakeholders;
– Psycho-social Counselling, legal aid for protecting the rights of victims of violence;
– Support for the documentation of Human Rights violations, victims’ justice and penalise perpetrators;
– Activities establishing/strengthening safety nets and support mechanisms for the protection of Human Rights Defenders

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the project: between 24 and 48 months

* Eligibility:
– Lot 1:
> Be a legal person officially registered at least three years before the call is launched;
> Be non-profit-making;
> Be a specific type of organisation such as: civil society organisation;
> Be established in a Member State of the European Union or in Nepal or in any countries eligible under the Financing Instrument for development cooperation for the period 2014-2020

– Lot 2:
> Be a legal person officially registered at least three years before the call is launched or an entity without legal personality organised at least three years before the call is launched; 
> Be non-profit-making;
> Be a specific type of organisation such as:
~ Civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community-based organisations and private-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at local or national level;
~ Independent national body constituted under the domestic law or public-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations (including the National Human Rights Institutions), international inter-governmental organisation and national parliamentary bodies;
> Be established in any country

– The lead applicant must act with at least two co-applicants, but not more than four co-applicants:
> If the lead applicant is Nepali, it must act with at least two co-applicants, out of which at least one is Nepali co-applicant;
> If the lead applicant is non-Nepali, it must act with at least two are Nepali co-applicants
– Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself, with the following difference:
> Be a legal person officially registered at least two years before the call is launched or, for Lot 2 – EIDHR only, an entity without legal personality organised at least two years before the call is launched

– Actions with more than two co-applicants will be considered advantageous. Preference will be allocated to entities which are a representative organisation/group of the targeted group/beneficiaries or having the specific mandate or previous track records of working for and with the targeted groups/beneficiaries;

– Actions must take place in Nepal;
– For Lot 1: actions must work on all three specific objectives and clearly focus on at least one of the set priorities;
– For Lot 2: actions must clearly focus on at least one of the specific objectives and the corresponding priority