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NDICI – Development of the circular economy approach in the basin of the lakes Tanganyika and Kivu – 2023

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument- Development of the circular economy approach in the basin of the lakes Tanganyika and Kiv aiming at consolidating and supporting democracy, the rule of law and human rights, supporting civil society organizations, consolidating stability and peace, and addressing other global challenges, including migration and mobility, at the global level.

12 million euro

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Program Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument
Institution European Commission
Sectors Cooperation & Development Energy Environment & Climate Territorial Development
Beneficiaries Association & NGO
Regions Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Actions must take place in the geographical boundaries of the Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu catchment basin.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To improve water quality in the basin of Lake Kivu and Lake Tanganyika through sustainable and inclusive economic practices
  • Knowledge of the potential benefits of the circular economy among policy makers, businesses, consumers and civil society (which represents the population in all its diversity) is increased and applied in the different fields of activity specific to each stakeholder
  • Inclusive circular economy models are tested and validated in different local conditions


  • Priority 1: the development of/ support to circular economy initiatives to reduce the polluting impact on the waters of the basin of Lakes Tanganyika and Kivu
  • Priority 2: the spread of sustainable and inclusive economic practices that promote the socio-economic development of the countries bordering Lakes Tanganyika and Kivu

Among financed actions

  • Actions consisting in raising awareness and training stakeholders on the circular economy approach and its deployment
  • Actions to develop or support circular economy initiatives related to the sectors/themes presented above
  • Networking actions, supporting/sharing contacts, support for circular economy initiatives’ holders and microfinance institutions and/or savings and credit cooperatives and/or banks

Additional informations

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duraction of the action: between 42 and 60 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be non-profit-making
  • Be a specific type of organisation such as: international non-governmental organisation, international organisation (intergovernmental)
  • Total budget of the call: 12 million euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 3.9 million euro and 4 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: between 50% and 90% of the total eligible costs

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