European Commission: Engaging Civil Society in Pan-African Issues

Deadline: 13 May 2016

European Commission is seeking proposals from organisations for a programme entitled “Engaging civil society in Pan-African issues” with an aim to improve the contribution of civil society organisations to continental decision- and policy making processes in Africa, particularly in the areas of Good Governance, Democracy, Human Rights, Peace and Security and Women’s rights.

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Objectives

  • To increase CSOs’ ability to contribute to a more effective implementation and monitoring of African continental legal instruments and to a stronger awareness of the people of their rights;
  • To support CSOs’ increased participation and contribution in African continental decision- and policy making and standard-setting.

Thematic Lots

  • Support the operationalisation of the African Governance Architecture
  • CSOs’ contribution to a strong and independent African Human Rights System
  • Support CSOs’ active participation in the implementation of the Peace & Security agenda in Africa
  • CSOs’ contribution to the effective realization of women’s rights in Africa

Size of Grant

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Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 2 000 000 to EUR 5 000 000.

Location

Actions should take place in Africa and seek to achieve impact at continental level. Actions limited to one country only will not be eligible.

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Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a civil society organisation , a not-for-profit association or a legally registered network/platform of CSOs and
    • be established in an African country or in a Member State of the European Union and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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