Contracting Authority: European Commission
European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS) in Malawi
Guidelines for grant applicants
Budget lines: B2018-21.040100; B2019-21.040100
Deadline for submission of concept notes:
29/04/2019 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time)
1.2. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME AND PRIORITY ISSUES
The global objective of this call for proposals is to empower civil society organisations on the ground and support their efforts to advance and defend democracy and human rights as well as consolidate their role as actors for positive change.
More specifically, this call for proposals will focus on three priorities/lots:
Lot 1: Support freedom of expression with particular emphasis on the media environment
Lot 2: Support to civil society actions aimed at promoting and protecting human rights defenders in the country
Lot 3: Protection and promotion of political, social, economic and cultural rights for people living with albinism.
Overarching and Working Principles/Additional Elements
In accordance with the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, a rights-based approach (RBA) is applied to this call. In particular, following the adoption in 2014 of the Tool-box "A Rights-Based Approach, encompassing all human rights, for EU development cooperation" and the subsequent adoption in 2014 of the related Council Conclusions , the European Commission committed to move towards an RBA for development cooperation. The EIDHR Regulation stipulates that in its implementation, the EU shall apply an RBA encompassing all human rights, whether civil, political, economic, social or cultural. The implementation of the five RBA principles: (i) legality, universality and indivisibility of human rights, (ii) participation, (iii) non-discrimination, (iv) accountability, and (v) transparency must be applied in each step of the project cycle from identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring to evaluation. Therefore, all proposals under this call for proposals must be desig
ned according to an RBA.
Furthermore, it is important that any organisation or group that works with children or young people has a clear set of guidelines about how they will keep children safe and to respond to child protection concerns. Therefore, applicants and co-applicants working directly with or for children should demonstrate in their proposals that a child protection policy is in place for any project activities that involve interactions with children .
Gender equality is an integral part of the RBA, encompassing the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights. Gender equality constitutes a fundamental human rights principle and a common value of the European Union (EU Treaties, EU Gender Action Plan 2016 -2020).
Proposals should, whenever relevant, propose:
- innovative approaches or methodologies, with the potential of replication on a greater scale, including the use of new information and communication technologies, social media etc.;
-focus on the needs and challenges faced by the most vulnerable and marginalised groups and/or encourage the constitution and capacity-building of networks of local organisations and implementing actors.
- Actions that contribute to strengthening dialogue and collaboration of CSOs' and local and national authorities.
Priority will be given to proposals submitted by local organisations as lead applicants in order to promote ownership and local leadership.
The value added elements referred above will be given weight in the evaluation undertaken by the evaluation committee (see 1.4 of the evaluation grid of concept note and 2.4 of the full proposal evaluation grid).
1.3. FINANCIAL ALLOCATION PROVIDED BY THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 700,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Indicative allocation of funds by lot:
Lot 1: EUR 230,000
Lot 2: EUR 230,000
Lot 3: EUR 240,000
2. RULES FOR THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS
These guidelines set out the rules for the submission, selection and implementation of the actions financed under this call, in conformity with the practical guide, which is applicable to the present call (available on the internet at this address http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/document.do?locale=en).
The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 24 months.
Actions must take place in in the Republic of Malawi.
2.2.3. Deadline for submission of concept notes
The deadline for the submission of concept notes is Monday 29/04/2019 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time). In order to convert this deadline to local time you can use any online time converter tool that takes into account timezones and winter/summer time changes (example available here) The lead applicant is strongly advised not to wait until the last day to submit its concept note, since heavy Internet traffic or a fault with the Internet connection (including electricity failure, etc.) could lead to difficulties in submission. The Contacting Authority cannot be held responsible for any delay due to such afore-mentioned difficulties.
Any concept note submitted after the deadline will be rejected.
Hyperlinks to relevant documents:
EIDHR CBSS-2019-163358_MALAWI_Guidelines grant restricted FINAL