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Sectors: Citizenship, Human Rights, Humanitarian

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Category: Call for Proposals

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WE funding – EDF – Increase…
Funds for: Increasing the participation of citizens and CSOs in the development and democratisation process of the country 
Main Beneficiaries: CSOs, employers’ federations, not-for-profit private sector entities

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Increasing the participation of citizens and CSOs in the development and democratisation process of the country 
Main Beneficiaries: CSOs, employers’ federations, not-for-profit private sector entities

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To increase the participation of citizens and CSOs in the development and democratisation process of the country;
* To strengthen citizens’ voice for policy dialogue;
* To reinforce citizens’ role in the monitoring of national policies;
* To strengthen the sustainability and contribution of CSOs, including those working on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and of women’s groups to the development and democratisation process

Priorities
* To strengthen the capacity of CSOs and their networks to engage in structured, evidence-based policy dialogue and effectively influence Government’s reform processes and nation-building interventions at Regional and Federal levels;
* To facilitate partnership opportunities amongst CSOs (including the media and academia), building on existing networks, supporting emerging networks, and encouraging the building of coalitions and the creation of platforms to exchange knowledge and create momentum and collective positions on common issues of interest;
* To support the creation of an enabling environment to ensure the development of a credible, accountable, independent, inclusive civil society sector with the capacity and space to act as an interlocutor between citizens and the state, and undertake a strategic engagement with all levels of Government in order to reinforce the democratic process.

Among financed actions
* Capacity building and skills development interventions;
* Scaling-up of existing and innovative initiatives focused on identified basic social services bottlenecks in the priority areas of the GTP2, EU-Ethiopia cooperation, and the Sustainable Development Goals;
* Development and application of tools, mechanisms, systems, methodologies;
* Strategic public interest litigation (including but not limited to class action or constitutional litigation) and quasi-judicial and non-judicial redress mechanisms;
* Advocacy; 
* Local consultation processes and community/constituency mobilisation interventions;
* Joint projects, alliances or partnership formation, networking and coalition building;
* Research actions in support of other activities (especially participatory forms of research);
* Participation in policy and legal processes and oversight initiatives; Civic engagement in policy formulation and monitoring;
* Civic and public education and information sharing;

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

* Initial duration of the action: Between 24 et 36 mois

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a local CSO formed under the laws of Ethiopia, such as NGOs, faith-based development organisations, mass-based associations (including youth, women, disabled, elderly, etc), professional associations, trade unions and labour federations, employers’ federations, chambers of commerce and other not-for-profit private sector entities, non-profit institutes of higher learning and research, consortiums (including consortia of consortiums and networks of local CSOs);
– Be established in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;
– Have experience in carrying out activities implemented in the fields covered by this Call for Proposals

– Actions must take place in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.