The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is a European Union programme that aims to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives. This instrument is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights. In doing this, it complements the geographical programmes, which focus on public institution-building. The EIDHR offers independence of action, which is a critical feature of cooperation with civil society organisations at national level, especially in the sensitive areas of Democracy and human rights. The EIDHR regulation defines five main objectives: 1) Support to Human Rights and Human Rights Defenders in situations where they are most at risk; 2) Support to other EU Human Rights Priorities; 3) Support to Democracy; 4) Support to EU Election Observation; 5) Support to targeted key actors and processes. The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to contribute, through supporting civil society organisations, to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and to contribute to the strengthening of the international framework for the promotion and protection of human rights, justice and the rule of law. Starting from 2015, an encompassing EIDHR Call for proposals will be launched in principle every year and will systematically cover core priority themes in the form of five separated lots. These five lots will be recurrent to any of the upcoming EIDHR call for 2014-2017 and cover respectively: (i) Human rights and their defenders where they are the most at risk; (ii) Economic, Social and Cultural rights; (iii) Human Dignity; (iv) Discrimination; (v) other priorities planned in the Multiannual programming or linked to new unforeseen areas. On the basis of these objectives, a restricted global call for proposal was launched in July 2015 for which AETS has been retained to assist the European Commission in the selection of the best proposals received under the Call EUROPEAID/150264/DH/ACT/MULTI in line with the quality criteria set in the respective Guidelines for grant applicants.

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