Under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the European Union (EU) promotes respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries where the former are most at risk and where human rights defenders and civil society organisations work under severe constraints. Two global EIDHR Calls for Proposals (134288 (Human Rights Defenders) and 134379 (Discrimination)) were launched in 2013. The ‘Human Rights Defenders’ Call aimed at supporting and reinforcing the capacities of human rights defenders and civil society in EU partner countries, whereas the ‘Discrimination’ Call targeted discrimination a) against indigenous peoples; b) against lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI); c) on the grounds of religion or belief (or non-belief) d) against girl infants. AETS was mandated by the DG Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) of the European Commission to assess these Proposals. As such, the assessment of the Proposals received was structured into two phases: a) evaluation of concept notes; b) evaluation of full applications. The global objective was to: • Assist the Commission in the selection of the best Proposals received under each Call in line with pre-defined quality criteria and guidelines. The specific objective was to: • Provide the necessary technical support to the Commission services in order to reach the global objectives as regards both the technical and the financial assessment of the Proposals received and to guarantee a transparent and fair selection process. The result was a coherent and complete assessment of all the proposals received in line with the relevant evaluation criteria.