Phnom Penh, 26 April 2011 – The European Union, through its Delegation to Cambodia, has launched today a new call for proposals with a total grant of €2,1 million (over 3 million USD) to finance Cambodian civil society organisations that are working to contribute to the development and consolidation of democracy and respect for human rights in Cambodia.

Mr Rafael Dochao-Moreno, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia, said: "The European Union values grassroots organisations as key actors in fostering social capital and the democratic development in Cambodia. That is why we are pleased to launch the 8th European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) call for proposals aimed to support local civil society's initiatives promoting democratic reforms and the rule of law in Cambodia''.

Funding is available for projects aimed at:

  • promoting land security and tenure for the most vulnerable and marginalised groups;
  • promoting free and fair elections in Cambodia, with particular attention to ensuring that the recommendations of 2008 EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) are addressed and/or support actions to promote freedom of expression;
  • preventing human trafficking, especially of women and children or assisting victims of trafficking;
  • preventing torture and improving prison conditions to ensure the respect for the rights of detainees and convicts at detention facilities, including the provision of legal representation and services for them.

Mr Dochao further added: "I would encourage our civil society partners to work in co-operation with the Government's national Human Rights Committee through this funding opportunity so as to promote mutual understanding and dialogue to address our common cause, i.e., to foster human rights in this country."

The EU has published this call for proposals every year since 2004 and to-date has awarded a total of € 14 million (about 20 million USD) in grants to civil society organisations in Cambodia. Since then, the EU has funded a total of 51 human rights projects, which are implemented by some 20 national and international human rights NGOs.

The full Guidelines for Applicants are available at the Delegation website: The deadline for submission of proposals is the 22nd  July 2011 at 17.00 hours local time, Phnom Penh.

For further information please contact Mrs Pok POUN at the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia: 023-216996,