A grant for human rights

A man sleeping on the street. The European Union Delegation to the Philippines will be making $2.5 million available for human rights projects. Photo by: Richard Messenger / CC BY-NC

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines will be making 95 million Philippine Pesos ($2.3 million) available for projects dealing with human rights protection.

The grant will be channeled through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights Country-Based Support Scheme, from which civil society organizations from the Philippines and the European Union may get 10 million to 26 million Philippine Pesos per program over 24 to 36 months.

Initiatives on gender equality, rights of children and persons with disabilities, and other rights-based approaches with broad participation will be prioritized, but the following are also eligible:

  • Raising human rights awareness among the poor, socially excluded and vulnerable.

  • Support to human rights defenders.

  • Improvement of human rights documentation, monitoring, campaigns and claims.

  • Capacity building, training, education activities, and learning exchange between and among duty bearers and rights holders.

  • Participatory action or policy research, human rights accountability programs, media activities and other wide-range public advocacies.

The grant builds on one of EIDHR’s thrusts, which is to strengthen the civil society’s role in advancing human rights and democratic reform in countries outside of the European Union.

“The Call for Proposal reaffirms the commitment of the European Union in promoting human rights as an essential element underlying all its external relations including political dialogues and development cooperation,” Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Guy Ledoux said in a press release.

The deadline for submission of concept notes is on Nov. 29, 2012.

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