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DCI – Civil Society Organisations as Actors of Governance and Development in Bangladesh – 2020

To strengthen cooperation, exchange of knowledge and experience and capacities of civil society organisations and local authorities in partner countries

7.5 million euros

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Worldwide

EU Member States 
IPA II beneficiaries 
European Economic Area 
Developing countries and territories, (included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipients), which are not members of the G20 group

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Priorities and funded actions

* To enable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to contribute effectively and efficiently to gender equality, women’s empowerment and local governance

* Promote gender equality and women’s empowerment as a prerequisite to inclusive development;
* Strengthen CSOs’ role and capacity in local governance 

Among financed actions
* Priority 1:
– Strengthening policy dialogue on gender equality and women’s rights to empower women and girls;
– Promoting women and girls’ roles as agents of development and change, such as advancing their economic and social rights and empowerment and women’s equal access to – and control over – resources, productive employment, decent work, equal pay and financial services;
– Capacity building and training for women’s organisations and CSOs working on gender equality;
– Increasing the representation and supporting the meaningful and structured participation of women,  girls and women’s CSOs to governance processes;
– Combating the marginalisation of women and girls and fostering respect for their rights and dignity; to combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices in all areas of life; and to promote awareness of the capabilities and contributions of women and girls

* Priority 2:
– Supporting civil society and communities to organise themselves to address local concerns and providing them with tools to respond to existing political, social and economic challenges which would deepen inequalities;
– Promoting civil society and communities’ participation in decision making processes and policy implementation at local level;
– Providing capacity building, legal and technical assistance to civil society and community-based organisations;
– Increasing accountability with respect to public allocation of resources, budgeting, procurement monitoring and public access to information

* For both priorities:
– Promoting good governance, transparency and accountability as well as actions promoting participation in decision making processes;
– Contribution to improved capacities of CSOs to participate in and contribute to dialogue and policy formulation – Promotion of a conducive and enabling environment for CSO;
– Support to advocacy networks of CSOs and other relevant actors, including through information and communication technologies

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

* Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 42 months 

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a Civil Society Organisation;
– Be established in one of the following eligible countries/territories/beneficiaries:
> EU Member States;
> PA II beneficiaries; 
> European Economic Area;
> Developing countries and territories, (included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipients), which are not members of the G20 group: Least Developed Countries (LDCs); Other Low Income Countries; Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories; Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories; Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs); Member States of the OECD are also eligible when contracts are implemented in a Least Developed Country or in a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC)
– Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary;
– Have a minimum of three years of experience within the last five years in the area of the global objective, as well as in the priority area(s) to which the action refers amongst those listed in Section 1.2. Said experience should be in the form of dedicated advocacy actions and/or project implementation, with either or both of the priorities as the main focus

* Actions must take place in the following country: Bangladesh


* Indicative allocation of funds by lot:
– Lot 1: actions involving financial assistance to third parties: 2.5 million euros
– Lot 2: actions which do not involve financial assistance to third parties: 5 million euros

* Grant amount: between 2.2 and 2.5 million euros 

* Co-financing rate: 
– Lot 1: between 80% and 90% of the total eligible costs
– Lot 2: between 80% and 85% of the total eligible costs

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