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IPA – Strengthening policy dialogue in reform processes in Serbia – 2020

Grants for projects who support political reforms which aim to bring candidate countries and potential candidates closer to Union values with a view to Union membership

1.5 million euros

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors All sectors
Regions European Union, Balkans

EU Member State

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Priorities and funded actions

* To facilitate interaction and collaboration between state actors and institutional mechanisms and non-state actors (civil society, think tanks, social partners, media, researchers etc.) related to evidence based policy dialogue in reform processes;
* To establish a capacity development platform to support non state actors in areas related to public policy formulation, policy budgeting, implementation and monitoring;
* To foster and enhance communication on policy dialogue through strengthened dialogue between media community, state institutions and non-state actors and civil society, think tanks, researchers, social partners and other relevant actors

* To horizontally empower civil society, particularly in sectors with lower civil society capacity and activities, aiming to strengthen the policy dialogue in reform processes

Amongst financed actions
* Specific objective 1:
– Actions to facilitate different forums on policy dialogue between the national and local government and civil society, media, think tanks;
– Actions on building awareness and understanding of different stakeholder groups on reform processes, promoting good models and practices of policy dialogue in practice to influence decisions;
– Actions to support dialogue on monitoring, transparency and inclusiveness in the decision-making process in public bodies at local and national level;
– Actions promoting high standards and effective implementation of legal framework for various policies and strategies at local and national level;
– Actions to support preparation of policy papers, evidence based research, monitoring and evaluation reports, information sheets related to specific policies, strategies and reforms;
– Actions to support statistical analysis of indicators of strategies, policies and reforms with the main goal of identifying gaps, challenges and good practices;
– Actions related to conduct evidence based monitoring of social inclusion policies , anti-discrimination, gender equality, human rights and other related policies

* Specific objective 2:
– Support establishing a policy network lab or policy think tank resource hub that will provide mentoring, coaching, nurturing of skills and capacities in the area of policy dialogue;
– Actions for improved capacities of CSOs to conduct quality thematic research and perform evidenc e based monitoring on public policies (such as public administration work, good governance, anti-corruption, public finance etc.);
– Actions promoting efficient cooperation between the national and local governments and other stakeholders and citizens, in processes of policy development, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and impact assessment

* Specific objective 3: 
– Actions to stimulate media engagement in reporting with transparency and accountability on policy reform processes;
– Actions to promote the right to public consultation, right to information and transparency, stimulate culture of pluralism, transparency, values of good governance and critical thinking;
– Actions to stimulate usage of social media as a tool in enhancing communication and visibility;
– Actions to support innovative citizen- led initiatives to improve governance, increase transparency, efficiency and service orientation of public administration with special focus on public funds;
– Actions to support creative and innovative social media platforms which stimulates collaboration between citizens, media, civil society, state institutions on various policies at local and national level;
– Actions to support collaboration between media and civil society, think tanks to promote free speech and opinion, diversity and public debates on policy processes;
– Actions for enhanced access to information on public administration services, budgeting processes, decision making, and local government functions etc.;
– Actions to support public awareness-raising campaign to present new opportunities for involvement of citizens, CSOs and interested public in consultations on new public policies;
– Actions to enhance dialogue, exchange of good practices, and learning from the success stories and c hallenges 

Additionnal information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: between 20 and 42 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– 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;
– Be a competent Government Department or relevant mandated body of a Government Department or public body authority of a European Union Member State working in the fields related to this action, or;
– Be a civil society organisation established in Serbia or a Member State of the European Union;
– If the lead applicant is established in Serbia, then at least one co-applicant should be established in an EU Member State and vice versa;
– The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s)

* Actions must take place in Serbia


* Grant amount: between 1.35 and 1.5 million euros

* Co-financing rate: between 70% and 90% of the total eligible costs

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