SHRINKING CIVIC, DEMOCRATIC AND CIVIL SOCIETY SPACE
The freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression are fundamental universal civil and political rights that underpin the respect for other human rights and democracy. Civic space (the legal and practical framework for the exercise of these freedoms) and democratic space (transparency and the possibility of civic and political participation, holding government to account, critique, dissent and contestation), are essential to the functioning of any democracy, to the effectiveness of human and economic development, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Preventing and reversing shrinkage of civic, democratic and civil society space, and further opening and defending such space where there are opportunities to do so, are priorities in the EU’s strategic interest, reflecting its mandate to promote human rights and democratic values within the EU and in the world (Art 2, 21 TEU).
The specific objective of this call for proposals is to pilot a multi-country resource hub, focused on addressing the dynamics (shrinking, opening) of civic, democratic and civil society space. It should support civil society working on human rights and democracy and other actors to steer change towards greater respect for fundamental freedoms, civic engagement and democratic governance and to elicit a more effective development process at the national level.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 10,000,000.
Indicative allocation of funds by lot
Lot 1 – Africa: EUR 2,500,000
Lot 2 – Asia and the Pacific: EUR 2,500,000
Lot 3 – Latin America and the Caribbean: EUR 2,500,000
Lot 4 – Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries: EUR 2,500,000
Deadline for submission of concept notes:
20/11/2020 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time) or, 7:00 am (AST)