Support to Non-State Actors and Local Authorities and European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights

In addition to geographical instruments mainly supported by the European Development Fund (EDF), there are also thematic instruments such as 'Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development' and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). These programmes have a specific thematic focus and are implemented in direct cooperation with civil society organizations. Grants to co-finance activities covered by these programmes are generally allocated following annual Calls for Proposals launched by the Delegation to select projects on a competitive, non-discriminatory basis.


Non-State Actors (NSA) and Local Authorities (LA)

The thematic programme 'Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development' was first introduced in Guyana in 2007 under the multiannual Strategy for the period 2007-2010. The first in-country call for Proposal was launched in 2008. To date, three in-country call for proposals have been launched in the four-year Annual Action Programme.

Under the first multiannual Strategy Paper NSA-LA 2007-2010, ten grant contracts were awarded for a total sum of 1,730,301 Euros. Nine of these contracts are ongoing and one ended in 2011. The main objective of the grants is to strengthen the capacities of Amerindian communities in using their rights of initiative and assuming duties and responsibilities under the Amerindian Act 2006. The grants were awarded to the following organisations:

  1. Bina Hill Institute for Research
  2. Iwokrama
  3. Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
  4. Forest Peoples Programme
  5. Muritaro Village Council
  6. The Justice Institute of Guyana
  7. St Cuthbert's Village Council
  8. Conservation International Guyana
  9. University of Guyana
  10. Youth Challenge Guyana

In addition to the in-country calls launched under the Multiannual Strategy Paper 2007-2010, Guyanese civil society organizations benefit from two so-called 'multi-country calls' launched from Brussels in 2005 and 2008. Two grant contracts to the sum of 4,639,116 Euros were awarded to the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind and the Voluntary Services Overseas. These contracts are currently ongoing.

The multiannual Strategy Paper for the period 2011-2013 was approved at the end of 2010 and Guyana received an indicative allocation of 1,350,000 Euros (for NSA 900,000 Euros over a three-year period and for LA 225,000 Euros each for 2011 and 2013). The Delegation is in the process of finalising the Call documents to launch the Call for the Annual Action Plan 2011 as soon possible.


European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

Following the adoption of the legal basis for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in December 2006, the first Strategy Paper, covering the period 2007-2010, was adopted by the European Commission in August 2007, paving the way for the implementation of the Instrument, carried out on the basis of the Annual Action Programmes 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Under the first Strategy Paper, ten grant contracts were awarded to the sum of 819,834 Euros. Eight of these grant contracts are under implementation, one ended in December 2010 and the other in May 2011. The main objective of the grants is to strengthen the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and consolidating political participation and representation.

The grants were awarded to the following organisations:

1. United Nations Association of Guyana
2. United Nations Development Program
3. Partnership and Networking for the Development of Guyana
4. Help & Shelter (2 contracts)
5. ChildLink
6. Equal Rights Trust (2 contracts)
7. University of Guyana
8. Guyana Media Practitioners Association

Under the second Strategy Paper covering the period 2011-2012, Guyana received an allocation of 900,000 Euros (300,000 per year). The Annual Action Plan 2011 was approved during the first semester of 2011. The Delegation will launch the 2011 Call early 2012.

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