European Commission: Enhancing CSOs’ Contributions to Governance & Development Processes in Pakistan

Deadline: 18 May 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting concept notes from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Enhancing CSOs’ contributions to governance and development processes in Pakistan” with an aim to support Civil Society Organisations at country level:

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  • As actors in governance and accountability
  • As partners in promoting social development
  • As stakeholders in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth
  • As partners to test pilot actions promoting local development through a territorial approach


  • To support Pakistani CSOs to effectively contribute to local governance and accountability, and development processes at sub-national and local levels, and in support of actions for enhanced social cohesion and social development through citizen empowerment.
  • To strengthen Pakistani local governments enabling them to effectively perform their roles as actors of local governance and development through a territorial, multi-stakeholder approach.

Priority Issues

  • Promotion of more participative, accountable, responsive and inclusive governmental development planning, budgeting, and implementation processes at local, sub-national, and national levels.
  • Enhanced local governments-led engagement with CSOs and communities for effective and pro-poor development planning, budgeting, and service delivery.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

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  • Minimum amount: EUR 1,000,000.
  • Maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an Association of CSOs
    • be established in Pakistan or in a Member State of the European Union or parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area
    • 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
  • International Organizations are not eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals.
  • At least one co-applicant is obligatory under this Call for Proposals.
  • Non-Pakistan eligible applicants must act together with at least one Pakistani co-applicant.
  • 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.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant.

How to Apply

Applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

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

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  1. Avatar Javed Iqbal says

    Hello there,
    Wanted to know if academic and research institutions that have experience of local governance can also apply? The call mentions only CSOs.
    Early reply will be appreciated,