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NDICI – Human rights protection programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo – 2023

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument - Programme for the protection of human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo aimed at contributing to respect for human rights in the DRC.

3.960.000 euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Citizenship & Human Rights Cooperation & Development Culture, Media & Communication Education & Training
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Local Authority & Affiliated Entity State administration & affiliated entities
Regions Africa-Carribean-Pacific, European Union

Country eligible to the programme:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To contribute to respect for human rights in the DRC
  • To continue the fight against impunity for serious violations committed in the DRC, as part of a national policy of transitional justice (lot 1)
  • To combat child labour in the artisanal mining sector in 2C by promoting the duty of care in this sector and providing socio-economic support for children and their parents from mining communities (lot 2)


LOT 1 :

  • Priority 1: Improving the justice system to deal more effectively with crimes involving serious human rights violations, while strengthening the criminal policy-making process and improving access to justice and reparation for victims of serious crimes
  • Priority 2: Improve the quality of decisions rendered by strengthening pre-trial investigations with various types of support, particularly in the area of forensics, while helping to identify open and pending cases
  • Priority 3: Improve the capitalisation of prosecutions and strengthen the national strategic framework for combating impunity for serious violations
  • Priority 4: Support alternative justice initiatives based on the strong legitimacy of traditional chieftaincies and in compliance with the National Justice Reform Policy (PNRJ) and the National Transitional Justice Policy currently being drawn up, while ensuring that the work of dissemination and remembrance is carried out
  • Priority 5: Contribute to linking Transitional Justice and DDRCS policies through all types of actions enabling the development of a holistic approach to the restoration of peace and security in areas affected by mass violence

LOT 2 :

  • Priority 1: Improve the prevention of child labour in artisanal mines in the 2Cs through various forms of support
  • Priority 2: Support responsible business conduct in the 2C artisanal sector in the DRC by building the capacity of economic operators to carry out due diligence in this sector
  • Priority 3: Strengthen the skills of state mining services (SAEMAPE, Divimines, CEEC, etc.) to carry out their respective mandates, remedy child labour in mines and support economic operators in monitoring and implementing their own actions to remedy child labour in line with OECD guidelines
  • Priority 4: Support local initiatives to identify risks along the artisanal supply chain from the 2Cs to the point of export, as well as the operation, and where appropriate the constitution, of local monitoring networks and multi-stakeholder information frameworks responsible for contributing to the identification and mitigation of risks along the chain
  • Priority 5: With this action, contribute to the Congolese government’s response to child labour in mines, and in particular to the implementation of the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (SSRTE), support the involvement of companies in actions to remedy child labour in accordance with the practical guidelines provided by the OECD

Among financed action

LOT 1:

  • Carrying out studies, organising or involving professionals (including those from the academic world) in training workshops, conferences, workshop-meetings and seminars in the DRC and abroad
  • Providing logistical support and equipment
  • Capacity-building in areas such as law, forensics, best practice and results-based management
  • Supporting third-party projects
  • Advocacy actions can be carried out on themes to be identified and proposed
  • All activities aimed directly or indirectly at bringing institutions and individuals together to coordinate and strengthen government action and its visibility, without substitution

LOT 2 :

  • Development of income-generating activities (IGAs) in line with the needs of the local economy
  • Building financial management skills in vulnerable households
  • Technical support for mining cooperatives
  • Supply of professional protective equipment
  • Support for the rehabilitation and equipping of schools and/or vocational training centres for young people and/or recreation areas
  • Support for school canteens
    strengthening the professional skills of teachers and/or social workers
  • Supply of school kits
  • Organisation of extra-curricular activities and support for holiday camps
  • Support for networking with the industrial sector to obtain supply or subcontracting contracts, etc.

Additional information

  • This call of proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only short notes should be submitted for evaluation.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 24 and 48 months


  • Be a legal entity
  • Be non-profit-making
  • Belong to one of the following categories of organisation: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (intergovernmental) organisation as defined in Article 156 of the European Union’s Financial Regulation
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and the affiliated entity/entities and not act as an intermediary
  • Total budget for the call: 3.960.000 euro
  • Amount of the grant :
    • LOT 1: between 1.3 million and 1.32 million euro
    • LOT 2 : between 2.62 million and 2.64 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: between 66% and 90% of total eligible costs

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