Investing in People: €16.5 million call for gender equality actions in ENPI countries

Almost €16.5 million have been allocated for gender equality actions in ENPI countries under a global call for proposals published by the European Commission under the Investing in People thematic programme, for the Protection and promotion of women’s rights, and women’s social and economic empowerment (reference: EuropeAid/131087/C/ACT/Multi).
According to the guidelines for applicants published by EuropeAid, the overall objective of the call for proposals is to contribute to the promotion of women’s social and economic empowerment and rights.
The specific objectives are to develop and strengthen sustainable initiatives at local and national level promoting:
  • women’s equal access to and control of economic resources;
  • equal access to existing and/or new services that are instrumental to increasing women’s social and economic protection and wellbeing and their participation in economic growth;
  • dissemination of relevant good practice.
For the purpose of sustainability, proposals must include at least two out of the following three themes:
1.     At ‘macro’ levelCreation and/or strengthening of a political, normative, legal and economic environment favourable to:
-       the improvement of women’s equal access to economic resources (decent employment, land, credit), social protection, participation in business and investment opportunities, including through capacity building and support to economic and financial stakeholders and actors;
-       the development, improvement and expansion of services conducive to women’s economic empowerment, equal access to social protection and participation in economic growth.
2.     At ‘meso’ level: Support for and strengthening at local and national level of the capacity of public bodies, non-state actors and private companies to participate in processes promoting the protection of women’s rights in the economic and financial sectors, and women’s equal access to and participation in economic opportunities including information exchange, networking and partnership building.
3.     At micro’ level: Support for the development and implementation of gender-sensitive initiatives – addressing inequality, discrimination and vulnerability hampering women’s full participation in the economy – in an integrated, multi-sector approach.
Priority will be given to actions that:
1) Clearly identify and focus on the most vulnerable women; and
2) Propose a coherent and integrated (multi-) sectoral approach covering at least two of the above themes (macro, meso and micro themes) to address the needs and constraints of target groups and final beneficiaries; and
3) Are submitted by applicants having the nationality of one of the beneficiary countries of the action, so as to promote ownership and a strong local leadership; and
4) Present a multi-actor partnership with different kind of stakeholders among non-state actors, government policy-making institutions, agencies and local authorities, and private companies.
The indicative financial envelope foreseen for this call for proposals is €30 million from the 2011 budget. An indicative amount of €16.49 million of the budget will be allocated to proposals involving countries eligible under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and Yemen. The eligible ENPI countries are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Republic of Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian territory, the Russian Federation, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. Yemen is included in the ENPI countries' indicative budget allocation, as gender issues and civil society in Yemen are close to those of the ENPI South region.
Any grant requested for an action under this call for proposals must fall between a minimum amount of €200,000 and a maximum of €1.5 million.
The initial planned duration of an action may not be less than 18 months nor exceed 36 months.
The deadline for the submission of Concept Notes is 26 January 2012.
Applicants must consult the full guidelines, which are the only binding source of information on the call, and can be downloaded, together with other documents related to the call, from the EuropeAid website here.
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Investing in People thematic programme
EuropeAid and Gender webpage

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