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European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country-Based Support Scheme (CBSS) 2012-2013

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European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country-Based Support Scheme (CBSS) 2012-2013

 

Albania   Restricted call for proposals

 Reference: EuropeAid/134164/L/ACT/AL

Deadline for submission of Concept Notes: 30 April 2013

Objectives

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to promote the respect for human rights in Albania, and to strengthen the role of civil society organisations in the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law.

The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are:

1. Protecting women’s rights and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment

2. Protecting the rights of the child

3. Advancing the rights of discriminated groups, focusing on people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) persons.

 

Budget

 The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 1,080,000

Size of grants

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

  • Minimum amount: EUR 50,000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 150,000

 Any grant awarded 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

For proposals submitted by an applicant which is not established in Albania, the grant requested may not exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the action.

Who may apply:  applicants  established in Albania or in a Member State of the European Union, in an accession or official candidate country as recognised by the European Union or in Member State of the European Economic Area.

Types of action (not exhaustive):

1. Protecting women’s rights and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment

– Promoting economic security and economic empowerment of women, including the promotion of women’s rights in the labour market, access to property, access to social assistance and economic aid, etc.

– Promoting self-employment alternatives targeting vulnerable women, including those in the informal sector and rural and remote areas.

– Combating domestic violence against women and girls, engaging men and boys in fighting against this phenomenon.

– Facilitating social and economic reintegration of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

– Fostering the active participation and representation of women in the political, social, economic and cultural spheres, including promoting equitable representation in decision-making structures.

– Promoting the involvement of civil society organisations in the policy-making process, and in particular in monitoring the implementation by the national and local authorities of the relevant legislative and policy measures.

– Contributing to gender mainstreaming in all levels of the educational and VET system, in partnership with the relevant authorities at central and local level.

– Contributing to gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting at national and local levels.

– Strengthening capacities of women-based civil society organisations in policy advocacy and monitoring of women’s rights in the country.

2. Protecting the rights of the child

– Contributing to the implementation and monitoring of the Law on Protection of the Rights of the Child and its by-laws, focusing on children most at risk.

– Increasing awareness on child rights (e.g. through provision of training) amongst all professional groups working for and with children, in particular law enforcement officials.

– Supporting decentralisation of implementation of legislation and policies on the rights of the child at local government level, and contributing to the functioning of child right mechanisms at local level (child rights units, child protection units).

– Promoting reintegration of street children and fighting against child labour.

– Promoting equal access to basic services, notably education and health services, of children throughout the country, in particular in rural and remote areas.

– Contributing to the prevention of school dropout, in particular of children from vulnerable groups and girls in rural and remote areas.

– Advocating, monitoring and providing support systems for children who leave residential childcare institutions at the age of 15 years.

– Combating violence and ill-treatment against children.

– Fighting against internal trafficking of children, protecting children against sexual abuse and exploitation.

– Promoting the rights of children in contact with the law, and contributing to the functioning of the juvenile justice system (access to education and social services, rehabilitation and reintegration support, prevention).

– Facilitating access to vocational training linked to the real market needs through increased contacts with private sector facilitating internship and employment opportunities for young people.

3. Advancing the rights of discriminated groups, focusing on people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay,  bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) persons

– Monitoring compliance to UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the implementation of the National Strategy on Persons with Disabilities.

– Facilitating access to education, vocational training and employment for persons with disabilities.

– Advocating and providing community-based rehabilitation services for disabled people.

– Promoting de-institutionalisation of persons with intellectual disabilities and providing community based care services.

– Promoting inclusive education of children with disabilities.

-Monitoring and supporting the provision of basic services on a non-discriminatory basis, notably in the healthcare sector, for transgender and LGBT persons in general.

– Providing psychosocial support services to victims of homophobic bullying and violence.

– Monitoring and supporting the implementation of the Law on Protection from Discrimination, and facilitating cooperation between non-profit organisations and the Office of the Commissioner for the Protection against Discrimination, amongst others to raise awareness of the law and to bring cases to the Commissioner’s Office.

– Contributing to the inclusion of human rights education in general, and on the principle of equal treatment in particular, in the official curriculum at all levels of education and training activities.

– Conducting awareness-raising activities amongst the public at large and public administration employees in particular, on national and international provisions, including the relevant EU standards, on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment and the fights against discrimination.

The following types of action are ineligible:

  • actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses;
  • actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
  • one-off conferences: conferences can only be funded if:

1) they are duly justified and they fall under objectives of the point 1.2 of Guide of applicants;

2) they form part of a wider range of activities to be implemented in the lifetime of the project.

For these purposes, preparatory activities for a conference and the publication of the proceedings of a conference do not in themselves constitute such “wider activities”;

  •  projects which consist entirely or in most part of preparatory works or studies;
  • projects supporting individual political parties;
  •  core funding of the applicants or (where relevant) its partners;
  • deficit funding and capital endowments;
  • financial subventions to other organisations;
  • purchase of land, building and offices;
  •  retroactive financing for projects that are already in implementation or completed;
  •  projects taking place outside of Albania;
  •  purchase of equipment (unless necessary for the successful execution of the project);
  •  humanitarian activities.

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