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NDICI – Civil Society Organisations as Actors in Governance and Development – India – 2023

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument - Civil Society Organisations as Actors in Governance and Development in India aiming at strengthening Civil Society Organisations as independent actors of good governance and development in their own right.

9 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Citizenship & Human Rights Cooperation & Development
Beneficiaries Association & NGO
Regions Asia, European Economic Area, European Union

Country eligible to the programme:

  • India

Action must take place on the territory of India.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To strengthen Civil Society Organisations as independent actors of good governance and development in their own right
  • To strengthen Indian Civil Society Organisations’ ability to engage as actors of good governance and development at the local, state and country level


  • LOT 1: To strengthen CSO engagement in EU-India Partnerships’ policy dialogues and contributing to the effective implementation of the Global Gateway Strategy in India
  • LOT 2: To increase CSO capacity by developing or supporting existing CSO platforms, thereby enabling a coordinated approach and collective voice in developmental issues
  • LOT 3: To strengthen capacities of media actors for the promotion of freedom of expression, media freedom and pluralism online, combatting hate speech, extremism and disinformation

Among financed actions

  • Information or awareness raising campaigns
  • Advocacy
  • Organising and facilitating structured policy dialogue
  • Research, experience and knowledge sharing
  • Monitoring, reporting, networking and coalition building
  • Multi-actor partnership-building
  • Mentoring/supporting/providing capacity development among network members
  • Helping formulate and monitor policy-relevant outputs and indicators
  • Identifying, tracking and updating resource mobilisation, with a core focus on EU and India
  • Conducting workshops, seminars, webinars, panel discussions and/or 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 action: between 36 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be non-profit-making
  • Be a specific type of organisation such as: civil society organisations or a civil society organisation association
  • 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
  • Total budget of the call: 9 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 1.5 and 3 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: between 75% and 90% of the total eligible costs

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