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Offer: LoI: COMBATING DISCRIMINATION (EuropeAid/134379/C/ACT/Multi) - Deadline: August 8, 2013 (at 16h Brussels time)

EUROPEAN INSTRUMENT FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS (EIDHR): COMBATING DISCRIMINATION (EuropeAid/134379/C/ACT/Multi)

This is a restricted Call for Proposals.
In the first instance, only Concept Notes must be submitted for evaluation.
Thereafter, applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form.
After the evaluation of the Full Applications, an eligibility check will be performed for those which have been provisionally selected.
Eligibility will be checked on the basis of the supporting documents requested by the Contracting Authority and the signed ‘Declaration by the Applicant’ sent together with the application.

Prior registration in EuropeAid's on-line database, PADOR, is obligatory for applicants, coapplicants and affiliated entities (except for natural persons and entities without legal personality) under the present call for proposals.
The PADOR system is available at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/onlineservices/pador/index_en.htm. (see section 2.2 for details).
Applicants must be registered before submitting the concept note, while coapplicants and affiliated entities must be registered prior to submission of the full application, if applicable.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in December 20061. This instrument took the place of the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, which was created at the proposal of the European Parliament in 1994 and makes it possible to give financial support for activities aiming to strengthen democracy and human rights around the world during
the 2007-2013 financial perspectives.

The general objective of the EIDHR is to contribute to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, consistent with the European Union’s foreign policy as a whole.

The EIDHR Strategy Paper 2011-2013 has identified as its Objective 2 "Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and consolidating political participation and representation".

Within this objective, the Strategy Paper highlights in particular the combat against discrimination, on any ground, as an issue where there is wide scope for activities, through support to civil society organizations.
The Strategy Paper also notes that ethnic, religious or class divisions in society may sow seeds of conflict and undermining pluralism and respect for human rights, and that this especially applies to discriminated groups of people in vulnerable situations, such as women, children, indigenous peoples, lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and persons discriminated on the grounds of religion or belief (or non-belief).

Recent years have seen an outburst of violence and human rights abuses, in particular, against indigenous peoples, LGBTI people, persons discriminated on the grounds of religion or belief (or non-belief), and the worst discrimination suffered by girl infants, leading to girls’ infanticide.

All these have been recently highlighted as key areas of work for the EU in its fight against discrimination, in the Joint Communication “Human Rights and Democracy at the heart of EU and External Action - towards a more effective approach” (Dec 2011), and in the EU Political Declaration and Action Plan on Human Rights (adopted in 2012) as well as in the respective EU Action Plans on Gender and on Children’s Rights in External Action.

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to reinforce the EIDHR fight against discrimination:
1 - Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples
2 - Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)
3 - Discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief (or non-belief)
4 - Worst forms of discrimination against girl infants – Female infanticide (0 to 5 years old)

Applications must address only ONE of the above mentioned four themes.

In these four lots, added value will be given to proposals (section 1.4 of CN evaluation grid):
1. Paying special attention to persons with disabilities belonging to the targeted groups described above
2. Proposing innovative activities such as - whenever possible - the involvement of traditional/tribal/religious leaders and local authorities in fighting discrimination against the targeted groups described above
3. Focusing on the needs and challenges faced by the targeted groups living outside the capitals and in remote areas.

The proposed Action should be designed to produce specific results in response to clearly identified needs and constraints. It is thus necessary to set clear objectives based on specific results, tailored strategies and intervention methodologies that incorporate complementarity, consistent activities suitable for tackling the identified problems directly.

Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between these amounts:
• minimum amount: EUR 300,000
• maximum amount: EUR 1,000,000

EU contribution could cover up to 95 % of the total eligible costs of the action (see also Section 2.1.4). 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.

Regardless of the applicant’s nationality, it must act with at least two co-applicants per involved country.
All Actions under this Call can take place in one or more of the eligible country(ies) to the EIDHR.
Priority will be given to proposals whose activities will take place in countries listed in Annex I.

It is up to the grant applicant to identify the target area and prove the gravity of the violations with reference to direct and proven knowledge of the issues to be addressed, independent monitoring reports and/or specific indicators. All this information will contribute to establishing the relevance of the Action.
The Action CANNOT take place in countries inside the European Economic Area (EEA).
The Action CANNOT take place in an EU acceding country or in a candidate and applicant countries for EU accession or countries recognized by the EU as potential candidates which have not yet applied for membership.

Deadline for submission of Concept notes: August 8, 2013, at 16h Brussels date and time

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