European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in Liberia

EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID
Last date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Country: 
Liberia

Detailed Description

Official title: EIDHR Call for Proposals - 2015-16 - Liberia

Background:
The European Union (EU) is founded on the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Human Rights and democracy are important areas of EU co-operation and support, and activities in this sector are provided through a number of EC instruments.
The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is an instrument established with Regulation No 1889/2006 adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2006, and now replaced by Regulation No 235/2014 of 11 March 2014. It aims at contributing to the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law, and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms within the framework of the Community’s policy on development cooperation with third countries, consistently with the European Union’s foreign policy as a whole.
The objectives of the 2015 EIDHR Annual Action Plan foresees "to support civil society and human rights defenders in third countries in working on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), and democratisation, so as to:
i) pursue common agendas for human rights and democratic reform;
ii) build consensus on disputed or controversial areas of policy;
iii) enhance political representation and participation;
iv) enhance the inclusiveness and pluralism of civil society;
v) increase safety structures for human rights defenders;
vi) counter the worrying trends of shrinking space for civil society;
vii) support activities aimed at promoting the issues covered by EU Human Rights guidelines and in the EUs Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy;
viii) enhance the rule of law and good governance."

Opportunity Structure

Objectives of the programme and priority issues 

The global objective of this call for proposals is: to strengthen access to justice and attention for the most vulnerable citizens in Liberia 

The specific objective (s) of this call for proposals is/are: 

(1) to support initiatives to enhance access to justice for the most vulnerable groups; 

The withdrawal of UNMIL has further emphasized the need to focus attention on a functioning legal system in Liberia to the benefit of all persons, and in particular the most vulnerable groups, including children and youth, and people with disabilities, women, and any other person This priority includes any action that can enhance citizen's access to legal redress, with a particular focus on people under detention in Liberia, a situation which includes precarious living conditions and precarious access to justice, including a high number of individuals in prolongued pre-trial detention.

(2) to support initiatives aimed at reducing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and assistance to victims

The situation of SGBV in Liberia continues to be by worryingly high, something that needs to be addressed to create sustainable and inclusive development. The Government of Liberia and CSOs have already started important policy initiatives aimed at addressing the perils of SGBV, and this is in line with EU policies to eliminate of all forms of violence against girls and women and of gender-based violence. This call will aim at complement and build ongoing initiatives in Liberia.

Financial allocation provided by the contracting authority

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 1 400 000. The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.

Size of grants

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

  • •minimum amount: EUR 250 000
  • •maximum amount: EUR 500 000

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:

  • •Minimum percentage: 50 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
  • •Maximum percentage 95 % of the total eligible costs of the action (see also section 2.1.5). 

The balance (i.e. the difference between the total cost of the action and the amount requested from the Contracting Authority) must be financed from sources other than the European Union Budget or the European Development Fund.

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