European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

The Regulation establishing the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2006. This new financing instrument is the successor to the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, established upon the initiative of the European Parliament in 1994. This new instrument, which entered into force on 1 January 2007, aims at the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and brings financial support worldwide to activities in this area.

The EIDHR operates at national, regional and international level, supporting actions in third countries around the globe, and also in Member States if relevant to needs in third countries.

The European Commission has drawn up and adopted an EIDHR Strategy Paper for the period 2011-2013. The Strategy Paper, which is the basis for the implementation of the EIDHR, identifies five distinct objectives:

1) Enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk;
2) Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation;
3) Supporting actions on human rights and democracy issues in areas covered by EU Guidelines, including on human rights dialogues, on human rights defenders, on the death penalty, on torture, and on children and armed conflict;
4) Supporting and strengthening the international and regional framework for the protection of human rights, justice, the rule of law and the promotion of democracy;
5) Building confidence in and enhancing the reliability and transparency of democratic electoral processes, in particular through election observation.

The current Strategy Paper for the period 2011-2013 can be consulted at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/human_rights/docs/eidhr_strategy_paper_2011-2013_en.pdf .

The open calls for proposals under EIDHR can be consulted at: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/index_en.htm

EIDHR Micro Projects Call for Proposals winners  - 2012

EIDHR Country Based Support Scheme for Georgia

The EIDHR Strategy Paper 2011-2013 identified as its Objective 2 "Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation". Objective 2 covers country based support schemes. In Georgia the implementation of the EIDHR Country-based support schemes is managed by the European Union Delegation to Georgia.

The country allocation for Georgia is € 1 200 000 for the year 2010 to be implemented in 2011. Call for proposals for micro projects will be launched in April 2011 and relevant information will be published at: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/index_en.htm and at the website of the European Union Delegation to Georgia.

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