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Sectors: Employment, Human Rights, Information

Beneficiaries: Non-profit organisations

Regions: European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Benin, EU, EEA

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WE Funding – EIDHR-DCI – Strengthen…
Funds for: Strengthen the role of civil society as actors in governance, development and Human rights protection
Main beneficiaries: CSO, non-profit

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Strengthen the role of civil society as actors in governance, development and Human rights protection
Main beneficiaries: CSO, non-profit

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To strengthen the role of civil society as an actor of governance, development and Human rights protection

Priorities
* Lot 1 Youth employment: 
– To strengthen the economic integration of young people through support for their integration into the labour market, vocational training and entrepreneurship in two priority areas: 
> agricultural development and sustainable use of natural resources;
> the promotion of Beninese culture through the enhancement of its heritage, support for craft techniques and artistic activities with a view in particular to promoting Benin as a tourist destination;

* Lot 2 Sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls:
– To strengthen the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in Benin, which are fundamental rights aimed at the development of women and girls throughout their lives

* Lot 3 Promotion and protection of children’s rights:
-To contribute to the development of the living conditions of children residing in the most disadvantaged contexts of the country;

Among financed actions
* Lot 1 Youth employment:
– Assistance to support schemes for young people in order to equip them for salaried employment or entrepreneurship: information, reception and listening, orientation, confidence building, training adapted to the profile and skills of young people, development of entrepreneurial skills, support for business creation and follow-up support, etc;
– Support for activities aimed at the economic integration of young people within the framework of a structured process mobilising different types of support instruments: accompaniment/coaching, training, technical and management, apprenticeship, installation support;
– Support to professional organisations/networks (crafts, agriculture, culture, tourism, etc.) in their initiatives to train, support and assist their members;
– Support for associations (former students, students, etc.) that develop innovative initiatives to promote the integration of their members;
– Awareness-raising and advocacy to develop local reforms and strategies aimed at coordinating local efforts to integrate young people into the economy in a territory (diagnosis, reflection on land, support for the settlement of young people, etc.)

* Lot 2 Sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls:
– Advocacy on sexual and reproductive rights to improve the legal framework and/or its implementation;
– Raising community awareness on sexual and reproductive rights, including sexually transmitted diseases, birth spacing, early pregnancies, early and/or forced marriages, etc;
– Sensitisation of religious leaders on sexual and reproductive rights and use of religious leaders as relays for information to be disseminated in communities;
– Sexual and reproductive rights education for children and adolescents in schools or other appropriate settings (including integration of this theme into curricula and teacher training);
– Education in sexual and reproductive rights to the media as a relay of information to be disseminated to the population;
– Promotion of parent-child/adolescent dialogue on sexual and reproductive health and rights

* Lot 3 Promotion and protection of children’s rights:
– Support to local and national mechanisms for the monitoring, alert and reintegration of child victims of economic and sexual exploitation;
– Awareness-raising activities to households on the children’s rights and on the risks related to traffic and exploitation;
– Assistance with the census and registration of newborns, and facilitation of procedures for the acquisition of birth certificates;
– Initiatives to prevent and rehabilitate survivors of early marriage and other harmful traditional practices;
– Facilitation justice access for victims of harmful traditional practices;
– Research and data collection initiatives on children’s situation and issues in Benin, with a view to advocating with the competent authorities;
– Training for decentralised government services and community actors involved in child protection; 
– Participation in public dialogues/Collaboration with the Beninese Human Rights Commission (CBDH);
– Financial support to third parties (under-funding)

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 24 and 36 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit;
– Be a civil society organisation (CSO);
– Be established in the Republic of Benin or in a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA);
– Lot 3: Be a CSO or belong to a CSO network

– Actions must be implemented in Benin

– The lead applicant must act with one or more co-applicants;
– Applicants established in a State of the European Union must act with one or more Beninese co-applicants