European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights

Civil Society Organisations/Local Authorities (CSOs/LAs) in Development and
European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights-Country Based
Support Scheme (EIDHR- CBSS)

Budget line(s): 21.02.08.03/21.02.08.04/21.04.01

Reference: EuropeAid/136724/DD/ACT/KH

Deadline for submission of Concept note: 8 May 2015 at 16:00 hrs


The thematic programme “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development” was introduced in 2007, as a successor to the “Co-financing for NGOs” budget line. It is an “actor-oriented” programme aimed at strengthening the Non-State Actors (NSAs) and local authorities as a pre-condition for a more equitable, open and democratic society through support to these actors' “own initiatives”. As a follow-up programme to the NSA/LA programme, the CSO-LA programme has been adopted. The legal basis of this thematic programme is Regulation (EU) No 233/20144 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014, establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation for the period 2014-2020.

In accordance to the Strategy and Multi-Annual Indicative Programme of the Thematic Programme “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities 2014-2020”5 and Commission’s implementing decision on the Annual Action Programmes for 2014 and 2015 Part 1 "Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities", Annex I and II as adopted in 28 October 20146, the implementation of country-level initiatives aimed at supporting CSOs' and LAs' contributions towards reinforced governance, accountability and inclusive policy-making.

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights-Country-Based Support Scheme

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) was established in 2006, following its predecessor, the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights. The current legal basis for the instrument7 was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in March 2014 and entered into force on 16 March 2014. The Regulation establishes a European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) for the period 2014-2020 under which the Union shall provide assistance to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The main purpose of European Union assistance under the EIDHR is to support and consolidate democracy and to enhance respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Non-discrimination on any ground, gender mainstreaming, participation, empowerment, accountability, openness and transparency are some of the principles highlighted by Regulation No.235. These principles should not only be taken into account during the implementation of projects but also guide them in direct relation to the specific situation of the country(ies) concerned.

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to support civil society and human rights defenders in third countries working on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights) and democratisation.

The specific objective (s) of this Call for Proposals is to strengthening the role of civil society in pursuing common agendas for human rights and democratic reform, enhance political participation and representation, increase safety structures for human rights defenders and support activities aimed at promoting the issues covered by EU human rights guidelines.

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