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Sectors: Citizenship, Co-op & Development, Gender equality, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Justice - Security, Social Affairs

Beneficiaries: Civil Society Organisations, Development NGOs, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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EIDHR – Supporting Human Rights Priorities – Global Calls – 2019
Funds for: supporting civil society in protection and promotion of democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide

Priorities and funded actions:

* For Lot 1: to support and empower civil society to collaborate with business and investment actors in the mitigation, prevention and remediation of adverse impacts of business activities on human rights and, where needed, hold them accountable

Sub-objective 1: supporting community-based actors and social partners to set up human rights due diligence mechanisms and push forward multi-stakeholder engagement with the objective of promoting accountability and good corporate governance;
Sub-objective 2: improving access to justice for victims of corporate abuses by supporting those victims through the provision of legal advice and representation in order to bring cases before national jurisdictions and/or by developing non-State non-judicial grievance mechanisms with the private sector

* For Lot 2: provide support to civil society projects by contributing to the  prohibition and prevention of torture, ensuring accountability for torture and other ill treatment outside the EU, in particular by supporting civil society in the implementation of existing legislation, court rulings, regional statutes, and other forms of regulations on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

* For Lot 3: To strengthen the role of civil society in contributing to democratic accountability by, inter alia, monitoring the work of state institutions, scrutinising the formulation and implementation of public policies, controlling the use of public expenditure, and raising awareness and advocating for the role of oversight institutions, notably parliaments, ombudsperson institutions, courts of auditors, audit bureaus etc. To this aim, a peer-to-peer approach is encouraged between civil society organisations conducting similar work

* For Lot 1:
– To give a voice to, help provide access to remedies, and empower victims of human rights corporate abuses with a specific focus on people living in the most vulnerable situations, women, children, youth, indigenous peoples, human rights and environmental defenders, civil society actors, internally displaced people;
– To broaden already established partnerships or forms of collaboration between business and investment actors, national authorities and civil society actors working on achieving common human rights objectives;
– To integrate a strong gender perspective in the methodology of actions, including gender equality and women’s empowerment. Whenever possible, gender indicators shall be developed for all target groups and data collection shall be gender disaggregated

* For Lot 2:
– To foster coalitions and build synergies between civil society organisations and different non-state actors (such as national preventive mechanisms (NPMs), bar associations, etc.), and state actors (such as justice actors, penitentiary authorities, law enforcement officials, etc.) in the county(ies) covered by the proposal

* For Lot 3:
– Strengthening parliamentary monitoring organisations (PMOs) in the field of accountability, including anti-corruption;
– Strengthening organisations that monitor, raise awareness of, and demand strengthening of Ombudsmen or corresponding legislative committees, whistle-blower protection mechanisms, courts of auditors, audit bureaus and/or similar institutions and other oversight bodies;
– Strengthening organisations that review and scrutinise the implementation of public policies and promoting transparency and accountability of budget processes;
– Strengthening organisations that promote accountability and/or contribute towards the prevention and fight against corruption;
– Promoting use of new technologies in the oversight of state institutions, by reinforcing the NGO capacities to use digital tools

Among financed actions
* For Lot 1:
– Actions improving local stakeholders ability to better understand their rights when facing corporate abuses;
– Building capacities of HRDs, trade unions or the judiciary to hold public and private sector accountable towards a more responsible business environment;
* For Lot 2:
– Monitoring of and sensitisation on existing legislation;
– Assistance to torture survivors or to individuals threatened with torture and their families, (excluding financial compensation for victims), including legal assistance to obtain reparation; psychotherapy and psychiatric assistance; other medical care, as well as social rehabilitation, such as advice on social assistance, employment, development of social skills, etc.;
* For Lot 3:
– Financial support to thirds parties for sub-actions conducted by local organisations to achieve the objectives and priorities under this lot;
– Capacity building, training, workshops, seminars and conferences

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 actions: between 24 and 48 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person or an entity without legal personality or a natural person and;
– Be a non(profit making and;
– Be a non-governmental civil society organisation

– Actions must take place in Asia, Africa, Latin America
> For Lot 1:
~ Actions have to be implemented in least developed countries, low- and middle-income (upper and lower) countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America;
~ Actions must take place in a minimum of one and a maximum of three countries within the same region
> For Lot 2:
~ Actions have to be implemented in least developed countries, low and middle-income countries;
~ Actions must take place in a minimum of one and a maximum of three countries within the same region. Priority will be given to actions implemented in low and middle-income countries (upper and lower)
> For Lot 3:
~ Actions must take place in at least fifteen countries outside the European Union