EU Fund­ing Op­por­tu­nity for Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOs) in coun­tries of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of East­ern Caribbean States have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the Euro­pean Union, for projects aimed at en­hanc­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of CSOs to gov­er­nance and de­vel­op­ment. A call for such pro­pos­als has been launched with a dead­line of 30 Septem­ber, 2016.

Charge d'Af­faires at the EU Del­e­ga­tion in Bar­ba­dos, Sil­via Kofler said: "We value Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions as a cru­cial com­po­nent of any demo­cratic so­ci­ety. We would like to em­power them with the ca­pac­i­ties needed to put ideas into ac­tion. This is why the Euro­pean Union part­ners with civil so­ci­ety – be­cause we be­lieve that our re­la­tion­ship should not only be with gov­ern­ments, but also with the peo­ple that they rep­re­sent."

The CSO pro­gramme aims at sup­port­ing CSOs' con­tri­bu­tions to­wards re­in­forced gov­er­nance, ac­count­abil­ity and in­clu­sive pol­icy-mak­ing in the re­gional con­text, as ac­tors in gov­er­nance and ac­count­abil­ity; part­ners in pro­mot­ing so­cial de­vel­op­ment; and stake­hold­ers in pro­mot­ing in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able growth.

Ac­tiv­i­ties should be aimed at the pro­mo­tion or pro­tec­tion of rights, in­clud­ing through leg­isla­tive re­form, and should have a pos­si­bil­ity for repli­ca­tion and ex­ten­sion of the out­comes.

Pro­posed Ac­tions should in­clude project com­po­nents aimed at pro­fes­sion­al­i­sa­tion of CSOs and may in­clude train­ing and coach­ing on a va­ri­ety of is­sues such as fundrais­ing and sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, de­sign of project pro­pos­als, project man­age­ment, de­vel­op­ment of busi­ness plans, prin­ci­ples of ne­go­ti­a­tion and lead­er­ship, group dy­nam­ics, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, con­sen­sus build­ing, time man­age­ment, and im­proved tech­ni­cal skills.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing can ac­cess the full guide­lines for ap­pli­cants us­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber EuropeAid/152400/DD/ACT/Multi from the web ad­dress https://we­b­gate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/on­line-ser­vices/in­dex. cfm?do=publi.wel­come

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