European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS) in Malawi 2020

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The global objective of this call for proposals is to empower civil society organisations on the ground and support their efforts to advance and defend democracy and human rights as well as consolidate their role as actors for positive change. The specific objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights, 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 in Malawi. More specifically, this call for proposals will focus on two priorities/lots: (1) Lot 1: Support freedom of expression with particular emphasis on access to information; (2) Lot 2: Improve living conditions in prisons and fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Activities can include:

• Advocacy, lobbying and development of strategies to create a better environment for access to information and freedom of expression (Communication Act, Political Parties Act, Access to Information Act);
• Organise communication campaigns on access to public information (including government and political parties data) and develop the ability of citizens to scrutinise and influence policy making on the use of public resources;
• Increase competency of media, their understanding and capacity to accurately report on human rights, political (particular attention to the election reporting, to the Political Parties Act and to the Access to Information act once implemented), including through trainings and strengthening of media training institutions;
• Promote freedom of expression, through media training and ethics;
• Provision of medical and psychological assistance, legal counselling and any other type of support to detainees
• Awareness-raising on human rights and international law standards, increasing accountability, and combatting cultures of impunity (including on death penalty)

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must: (1) be a legal person; (2) be non-profit-making; and (3) be a Civil Society Organisation or an Association of CSOs.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Malawi.

4) Budget

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is €573,828. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the minimum €250,000 and maximum €286,914. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the minimum (50%) and maximum (95%) percentage of total eligible costs of the action. The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 18 months nor exceed 24 months.

5) Application

The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted online via PROSPECT. The deadline for the submission is 11 June 2020 at 12:00 CET (Brussels date and time)