SIDA Call for Proposals to Provide Grants for NGOs on Democratization and Human Rights

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SIDA Call for Proposals to Provide Grants for NGOs on Democratization and Human Rights

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), as part of the Special Initiative of the Swedish Government to strengthen democratization and freedom of expression, is extending grant support to NGOs, individuals and other civil society organizations in developing countries. In this context, it has currently launched a call for proposals “to support actors for change where they operate with difficulty and where there is little room for political pluralism with the view of promoting a holistic approach to human rights and embodying a pluralistic and non-discriminatory view of society.” The Initiative is an opportunity for organizations and individuals to seek funding support for activities that will lead to democratization, transparency, policy changes and pluralism by having better access to information, sharing of opinions and achieving greater freedom of expression.

The SIDA guidelines for this call also mention that the support would be normally channeled through international or Swedish organizations but the overall primary group to receive the support will be NGOs, individuals, CBOs, rights groups, researchers, journalists and others in developing countries and funding can be processed through third parties. Grants can be used for building organizational capacities, organizing campaigns, legal activism or dissemination of information.

SIDA will accept only concept notes initially from applicants. After a thorough review of concept notes, full proposals will be invited from shortlisted applicants. The concept notes have to be submitted online and all proposed actions should cover at least one of these themes: the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to information and to communicate, including freedom of the media, fight against censorship, and access to the Internet; the right to freedom of thought, conscience, sexual orientation and religion; the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, including the right to form and join a trade union; the right to freedom of movement within the borders of a state, and the right to leave any country, including one’s own, and to return to one’s country; the right to liberty and security of person; the right to political participation; the right to a fair trial; accountability; non-discrimination; and transparency.

Eligibilty of Applicants
In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
• be legal persons or an entity without legal personality1 and
• be non profit making and
• belong to i. a one of the following categories:
civil society organisations, including non-governmental
organisations and independent political foundations, and
networks thereof at local, national, regional and international
trade unions,
free and independent media and journalists,
actors in cultural life,
women’s rights groups,
religious communities,
community based organisations,
private sector agencies
This list is not exhaustive.
Only global, international, regional or Swedish organisations may apply
although projects and organisations at nation-level may be supported
providing that the support is channeled through the above mentioned
types of organisations

The last date to submit concept notes is 31 December 2009.

Tags: Call for Proposals, Democratization and Human Rights, Funding, Grants, NGO, SIDA

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We shall look into this and send in concept papers.Toyin
Freedom Sustainable Livelihood Foundation, a newly registered non-state actor and not for profit organization is a player in the city of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is taking up the challenge of promoting and teaching peace building. It aims to put the responsibility squarely with the support of adult members, in particular relatives of children and youths in urban centres in Papua New Guinea. Our country faces the challenges of socio-economic development that are often expressed in anti-societal attitudes and actions. This SIDA initiative seems timely. FSLF will submit its concept papers for possible assistance under this. Thank you. Basil Peutalo
Thanks a lot for this opportunity. My organization will submit its concept very soon. Sylvere KOFFI
Thanks sir sending som important information . Being member is getting facility is very important .
Bibek Nepal
wow, this is nice to the CSO cause for human rights concerens. i will definately apply for this. this is a great oportunity when my countery is moving towards elections and citizens must know their rights and freedoms.
keep it up
Ooh Ooh... This is such a wonderful opportunity for any Pan Africanist and I greatly thank this network for availing us with such an opportunity.
Am soon sending in our concept.
Newton Balenzi
Thank to P & CDN for the informing about this grate opportunity. we are trying to send concept note to them as get time.

Dilawar Khan
thanks for this opportunity. The Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (TPRI) will definately apply. Thanks again Craige
This is a great opportunity to improve the lives of the people through human rights and active participation.

We are going to make an application for these grants, indeed!
thank u so much. My organisation in Nigeria will send a concept paper on our program for Niger delta Peace and development service. from Youth Network for Social and democratic Change
Thanks for this information. The Youth Campaigners International-a global youth organization that is dedicated to putting young people at the center of policy making processes will send in her concept paper as soon as possible.
conscience international Sierra Leone is very much interested in this call for proposal. CI is an international human right organisation that amplifies a conscience based world, promote and protect humans and people,s right through human right education, advocacy, research and documentation and peomote parnership. conscience international will be sending in their concept.


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