The Delegation of the European Union hosted a presentation of eight projects selected in the 2017 calls for proposals for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Instrument (CSO/LAs).
Speaking at the event Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, underlined the importance of civil society: "Support to civil society remains one of the priorities of the European Union, globally as well as here in Georgia. These eight projects will support active civic participation and uphold human rights."
Representatives of the eight selected projects had the opportunity to discuss the challenges they identified in society and their approaches on how to improve Georgian citizens' lives and enable them to participate in society more actively. Focus areas of the selected projects include support to vulnerable groups like people with disabilities or mental disorders, children and economically challenged people, as well as support to active civic participation.
The European Union and Civil Society in Georgia
The European Union has a long history of working with civil society in Georgia, especially in the areas of human rights and democracy, and good governance and local level sustainable development processes.
These topics are funded through two separate instruments, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDRH) and the Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Instrument (CSO/LA) respectively. Calls for proposals for activities in these sectors were launched in 2017 and eight projects (four from each instrument) were selected for funding.
European Instrument for Human Rights (EIDHR)
The EIDHR programme has been implemented in Georgia since 2003. Since then 164 small and medium size projects have been conducted by CSOs in Georgia, with a total amount of 45 million GEL (15 million EUR). Despite the small size of the grants the EIDHR projects are often innovative and have great impact on Georgian society.
The most recent EIDHR call for proposals launched in 2017 had the objective to support civil society organizations in Georgia working on civil, economic, social and cultural rights as well as democratization. Out of 72 applications 4 grants have been awarded (total amount of 4.5 million GEL/1.5 million EUR).
Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSO/LAs)
The CSO/LA instrument has been implemented in Georgia since 2003. Since then almost 27 million GEL (9 million EUR) have been supporting a number of successful projects. This instrument aims to enhance civil society organizations' and local authorities' contributions to governance and development processes at local and central level.
Under the 2017 call 3 grants were awarded to CSOs for a total amount of around 5 million GEL (1.7 million EUR) and one grant to Local Authorities represented by NALAG for over 2 million GEL (740.000 EUR).
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