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Sectors: Citizenship, Human Rights, Local development, Youth

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, International Organisation, Non-profit organisations, Universities

Regions: European Union, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims to contribute to a more cohesive society through an open and free public discourse on religion and democracy, a discourse in which civil society – religious and non-religious actors – participate along with institutional and state actors and in which young people have a fair voice.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To support an open public discourse and communication about the freedom of religion and belief, the role of religion in people’s life, the interrelation between state and religious institutions, state policies on religion
– To strengthen the expert community – including, but not limited to, anthropologists, religious studies experts, and theologians
– To help in particular young people to find a purpose in life and role in public life
– To build resilience against extremist rhetoric and help that moderate voices are being heard
– To support community level security dialogue and action

Among financed actions
– TV programmes such as discussions and special features, radio programmes, dialogue platforms in the capital and the regions for both a broad and a specific audience; input to policy process.
– Support to local research, to peer-reviewed publications, connecting experts for networking and exchange with professionals from the region and other parts of the world; participation in expert and public discourse; input to policy process.
– Formal and informal education activities targeting youth and their communities and aimed at providing young people with alternative models to violence and radicalism and at offering young people an alternative sense of purpose and belonging (inclusive identity); such activities should preferably be linked with offering young people alternative livelihood opportunities