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HRD & CSO | Civil Society initiatives support | Kyrgyz Republic

The Thematic Programme on Human Rights and Democracy (HRD), successor of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), established under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe programme, is aligned with the priorities of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. The Thematic Programme on Civil Society Organisations (CSO) , successor of the Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSO-LA) is an EU's programme that aims to strengthen civil society organisations in EU partner countries.

3.5 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions Central Asia, Developing countries, European Union

Countries eligible to the programme:

  • The Kyrgyz Republic
  • Beneficiaries listed in the relevant Annex to the IPA III Regulation and contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
  • Developing countries and territories, as included in the list of ODA recipients published by the OECD Development Assistance Committee, which are not members of the G-20 group, and overseas countries and territories
  • Developing countries, as included in the list of ODA recipients, which are members of the G-20 group, and other countries and territories, when the relevant procedure takes place in the context of an action financed by the Union under the Instrument in which they participate

Actions must take place in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Priorities and funded actions


Lot 1:

  • To protect and empower women: to the full enjoyment of all human rights, be they civil, political and economic rights
  • To safeguard fundamental freedoms, including harnessing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of new technologies: to create and maintain an environment conducive to the full exercise of all fundamental freedoms, online and offline

Lot 2:

  • To empower civil society through digital technologies
  • To strengthen capacity of local CSOs to engage in youth inclusion and empowerment


Lot 1:

Priority 1 – Strengthened capacities of civil society, women and youth organisations in fighting against discrimination in all its forms and especially violence against women, and contributing to policy dialogue on gender equality and women’s rights and enabling the active participation and inclusive growth and decision-making through women empowerment

Priority 2 – Strengthened capacities of civil society organisations to exercise fundamental freedoms, to promote and protect freedom of opinion and expression by ensuring transparency and accountability, as well as strengthening media and digital skills and countering hate speech in the media

Lot 2:

Priority 1 – Strengthened capacities of civil society in strengthening digital skills in order to create an inclusive digital transformation; reducing the digital gender gap and other gaps related to age, disability, location, social and economic status; raising awareness of public authorities and citizens regarding the possible opportunities and challenges posed by the digital transformation, in line with the EU’s human-centric approach

Priority 2 – Strengthened capacities of local youth CSOs in promoting the rights of young people, including of those more marginalised, such as girls, youth with disabilities, and their empowerment and involvement in public affairs by promoting their participation in e-governance; supporting inclusive youth employment through digital and green skills  development strategies, as well as opportunities for youth to become self-employed through supporting creative start-ups and initiatives to entrepreneurship and employability skills

Among financed actions

Lot 1:

  • Advocacy, lobbying and development of strategies by CSOs to push for legal reform, influence policy-making, or counter restrictions imposed by States on CSOs and other non-state actors
  • Providing psychosocial and legal assistance and any other type of support
  • Promoting inclusive and strategic partnerships, networking and cooperation with CSOs and other relevant stakeholders or among CSOs
  • Supporting CSOs and the media in promoting accountability and transparency at national and local level
  • Supporting CSOs to strengthen the positive narrative of civil society, and counter defamation and hate speech

Lot 2:

  • Application, adaptation and/or scaling of tested successful technologies: to increase awareness and civic engagement in public affairs and decision making through e-governance initiatives, to monitor implementation of public policy and the management of public funds through promotion of e-public services (e.g. e-justice, e-health, e-education)
  • Support CSOs in strengthening digital literacy and skills in order to create an inclusive digital transformation
  • Support to monitor, advocate and pilot more relevant education, vocational training and skills development strategies offering youth better chances for (self-)employment, including digital entrepreneurship
  • Support for local and national youth and women’s civil society networks and platforms, and civil society participation in multi-stakeholder dialogue fora aimed at strengthening alliances for civil society with other actors including media, private sector, academia etc.
  • Initiating, contributing to, and supporting policy dialogue on youth and gender equality and women’s rights and enabling the active participation of youth, youth organizations, women and women’s organizations in decision-making processes at all levels

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 months and 36 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be non-profit-making
  • Be non-governmental civil society organisation (international intergovernmental organisations are ineligible)

  • Total budget of the call: 3.5 million euro
  • Indicative budget per lot:
    • Lot 1: 1 million euro
    • Lot 2: 2.5 million euro
  • Amount of the grant:
    • Lot 1: between 500,000 euro and 1 million euro
    • Lot 2: between 500,000 euro and 1.5 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: between 90 and 95% of the total eligible costs

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