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EC Call for Proposals on the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

Evaluation grids and application forms have been modified under this call so as to give more weight to relevance in the Concept Note evaluation. Relevance will therefore constitute the major criterion in preselection. Relevance will not be evaluated again when assessing the Full Application. It is therefore of utmost importance that applicants use the correct application form for this call.

Prior registration by applicants in EuropeAid's on-line database, PADOR, available at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/onlineservices/pador/index_en.htm, is obligatory under the present call for proposals (see section 2.2 below for details). Applicants must be registered before submitting the concept note, while partners must be registered prior to submission of the full application

Only submission by email is permitted under this call for proposal.
This is a restricted Call for Proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form. Further to the evaluation of the Full Applications, an eligibility check will be performed for those which are provisionally selected. This check will be undertaken on the basis of the supporting documents requested by the European Commission, the signed "Declaration by the Applicant" sent together with the Concept Note and the second Declaration sent together with the Full Application.

BACKGROUND
In the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), the indicators worldwide are not improving, the needs gap regarding modern contraception remains high, and adolescents — both girls and boys — remain largely underserved despite the fact that they are mostly already sexually active and that they represent future generations. Also sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is not consistently addressed in healthcare programmes, nor is it linked to HIV/AIDS programmes in developing countries.

In the European Consensus of June 2006, the Commission and the Member States committed themselves ‘to the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals’. It is clear, however, that insufficient progress has been made regarding the maternal mortality and SRHR targets for MDG 5 and that without extra efforts these targets will not be met by the year 2015. For this reason, on 24 June 2008 the European Council adopted the EU Agenda for Action on MDGs (11096/08), which sets a number of milestones to be reached in 2010 (21 million more births attended by skilled health personnel each year and 50 million more women in Africa provided with modern contraceptives). A lot of work still needs to be done to reach these ambitious targets.

Overall objective
The overall objective of the call is to support developing countries to improve SRHR by strengthening civil society organisations to effectively advocate for the development and implementation of SRHR strategies for their population and contributing to provision of SRH services in fragile states.

Applications must address only one of the specific objectives of the call:

Specific objective 1: Advocate for SRHR policy development and implementation and awareness raising of SRHR
Applications under specific objective 1 must contribute to achieving at least two of the following expected results:

1.1. Advocacy directed at parliamentarians, political and interest parties, cabinets of ministers and government institutions at the level where decisions are made on budget allocations and on development and enforcement of laws and directives for SRHR; and SRHR are strategically positioned in national and local policy debates, linking it to a broad economic and socio-cultural agenda.
1.2. Alliances of local NGOs, other non-State actors and international organisations (IOs) are forged for influenced SRHR policy development and implementation and for integrated SRH in the operations of the country coordinating mechanisms (CCM) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
1.3. Media campaigns are designed and run to support the promotion of SRHR and to end impunity for sexual and gender-based violence against women, girls and boys4.
1.4. Youth networks and coalitions are supported to promote access for young people, girls and boys, to better information on sexual health and rights, sexual education, counselling on safe sexual behaviour, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS, and provision of and/or referral to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services. Attention is also given to violence and mutual respect between genders.

Activities under specific objective 1 can include but are not limited to
  • A mix ranging from dialogue with key stakeholders and policy development workshops to provisionof information and feedback to policy makers on client perception of SRH services aimed atimproving coverage, quality and performance of SRH services.
  • Activities aiming at creating or reinforcing platforms, coordination forums and collaboration between non state actors and international organisations in relation to implementation of advocacy activities at national or sub-national level.
  • Production of campaign material such as leaflets, posters, short documentary films, organising public events, using champions and role models etc.
  • Advocacy, information, education and training of SRHR for youth and adolescents, provision of SRH  commodities, supporting youth networks and coalitions' work by coaching, training, disseminating best practices, sharing information and lessons learnt.
Specific objective 2: Improve access to SRH services and services for victims of abuse and rape in fragile states
Applications under specific objective 2 must contribute to achieving one or both of the two expected results below:
2.1. Existing SRH services are improved or, when such services are absent, SRH services are provided
2.2. Services and counselling are provided for victims of abuse and rape; their reintegration into society and social acceptance are supported

Activities under specific objective 2 can include but are not limited to:
  • Actions aiming to reinforce provision and quality of family planning and maternal health care services (e.g. ante- and postnatal care, assisted deliveries, emergency obstetric and medical care, provision of commodities, sexual education and counselling on safe sexual behaviour, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) etc.), training of health care providers; psychological support to victims of rape and, where relevant, to their close relatives, medical care, social services, income generation activities, referral to legal assistance, relevant advocacy targeted to decision makers, awareness raising among key populations such as military, police and ex-soldiers.
All activities under both specific objectives should contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of promoting gender equality (goal 3), improving maternal health (goal 5); and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS (goal 6); and promote a holistic approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights and be in line with the principles agreed at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the ICPD+5 Programme of Action, including safe motherhood and universal access to a comprehensive range of safe and reliable reproductive and sexual health care services, supplies, education and information, including on all kinds of family planning methods; and include the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Actions targeting victims of rape and abuse should contribute to the relevant principles of UN Resolutions on women and peace and security 1325 and 1820.
Priorities
Partnership is strongly encouraged and for all actions submitted by applicants having a nationality other than that of the country of action or by International (intergovernmental) Organisations5, partnership with local partner(s) from the country where the proposed action is to take place is considered indispensable. Any such local partner must have the nationality6 of the respective country where the action is to take place7.

When possible and relevant, association with administrative authorities and agencies at national, regional and local levels; local authorities and other decentralised organisms is encouraged.

The EC will attach particular importance to the quality and the composition of the partnership. In this context, the applicant should demonstrate expected benefits and added value of the proposed partnership (see section 2.3 below – Concept Note evaluation grid, and Full Application evaluation grid).

Geographical priority
Under the specific objective 1 the priority will be given to actions in developing countries with the worst indicators for sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, men and adolescents, and in countries where governments have been unable or unwilling to take effective action on SRHR on their own. 

Under specific objective 2 priority will be given to countries where SRH needs are not met by the government and/or where abuse and rape are aggravated due to conflict or crisis and in particular to the following countries8:
Afghanistan, Sudan, DRC, Haiti, Cambodia, Nigeria; Burundi, Cameroon, Somalia, Niger, Laos, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Chad, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, Tajikistan, Cote d'Ivoire, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Angola, Mauritania, Guinea, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Togo, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Vanuatu, Comoros, Tonga, Sao Tome& Principe, Kiribati.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that the country where the action is proposed to take place and/or the population group targeted fall under the situation described above under the relevant geographic priority. To this end, proposals must clearly identify each specific situation and provide all the essential elements (concrete and verifiable, e.g. reference to statistical reports or official or other relevant data9) to give technical evidence of the gravity of the situation.

Size of grants
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
  • Minimum amount: EUR 300 000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 2 500 000
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