European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is calling for proposals to support Human Rights Priorities especially civic space.
The global objective of this call for proposals is to support and empower civil society in protecting and promoting democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide. All four lots share the same thematic focus: 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 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. This call for proposals is to pilot a multi-country resource focused on addressing the dynamics of civic, democratic and civil society space. This is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. The deadline for submitting concept notes is 20 Nov 2020, 12 noon (Brussels time). More guidelines for this call are provide in the PDF document below.