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Sectors: Citizenship, Co-op & Development, Education - Training, Human Rights, Information, Local development, Public Management

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Asia, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: Strengthening the capacity of Lao Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to contribute to the achievement of the national development goals
Main beneficiaries: CSOs

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Strengthening the capacity of Lao Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to contribute to the achievement of the national development goals
Main beneficiaries: CSOs

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* Strengthen the capacity of Lao Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to contribute to the achievement of the national development goals as per National Socio-Economic and Development plan 2016-2020 in Lao PDR;
* Support the increase of the participation of LAO CSO’s in preventing, addressing and/or mitigating risks of weak service delivery, with a focus on marginalised and vulnerable groups

Priorities
* Strengthen the capacity of Lao CSOs to promote and provide improved access of marginalised and vulnerable groups to quality basic services in nutrition-sensitive support or primary/lower secondary education activities in Lao PDR;
* Enhance Lao CSOs capacity and actions to participate in and contribute to the policy dialogue and accountability processes at the local and national level including monitoring and implementation in nutrition-sensitive/nutrition-governance support or primary/lower secondary education or in Public Finance Management (PFM) in Lao PDR;
* Increased documentation sharing and dissemination of knowledge, experiences, networking among CSOs and/or between CSOs and LAs in a public policy related to one or more of the following areas: nutrition-sensitive service delivery, primary/lower secondary education, Public Finance Management

Among financed actions
* Actions supporting Lao CSOs to hold public authorities to account at all administrative levels, promote improved democratic governance, transparency and accountability at local and/or country level(s) and with public authorities;
* Actions focusing on addressing weak service delivery in primary/lower secondary education and/or priority nutrition areas of intervention, with focus on the most marginalised and vulnerable groups; 
* Actions focusing on creating space for structured dialogue for Lao CSOs in order to enhance trust and competencies of Lao CSOs in participating/influencing policies at the local levels;
* Actions focusing on improved management capacity of Lao CSOs and/or LAs on various topics relating management skills and support to networking, platforms and peer-to-peer exchange, interaction between Lao CSO;
* Actions promoting innovative forms of interactions between Lao CSOs and Local Authorities in local public policy-making, aiming at good governance and development outcomes through joint efforts

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

* Initial duration of the project: between 36 and 54 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal person; 
– Be a non-profit-making entity; 
– Be: a Civil Society Organisation; 
– Be established in an EU/EEA Member State or in Lao PDR

– The applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s);

– Applicants established outside Lao PDR must act with at least one Lao applicant;

– Actions must take place in Lao PDR