The European Commission to grant funding to NGOs on Democracy and Human Rights issues in Nepal
Kathmandu, 15 June 2006 - Press release
For the fourth consecutive year the European Commission will fund projects in Nepal under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) scheme. EURO 490,000.00 (approx. NRs 4,16,50,000) is available for grants to the I/NGOs to implement smaller (micro) projects this 2006.
The EIDHR is uniquely placed to promote core values of the European Union and serves as a means to promote these values by providing financial and moral support to civil society initiatives concerning human rights and democratization in third countries. The general objectives of EIDHR are to respond rapidly to requests for small-scale financial support for initiatives designed to promote and protect human rights and democratization as well as efforts aimed at conflict resolution. Nepal is one of the 68 focus countries for the EIDHR worldwide.
Since Nepal became a focus country for EIDHR support in 2001, the European Commission has funded 16 EIDHR micro projects in Nepal. The projects have been implemented in 30 districts across the country and have a total value of € 775,902 (Equivalent NRs. 65,951,670.00).
The 2006 micro project allocation has prioritized the following areas;
1. Fostering a culture of human rights worth 340,000.00 Euros (NRs. 2,89,00,000.00).
2. Advancing equality, tolerance and peace worth 150,000.00 Euros (NRs. 1,27,50,000.00)
Present call is open to non-profit-making, non-governmental legal entities registered as legal persons with their headquarters in Nepal, or be nationals of a Member State of the European Union, or an official candidate country as recognized by the European Community, or a Member State of the European Economic Area, or one of the following OECD DAC member countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA, or of one of the developing countries falling under Council Regulation 2112/2005.
Applicants may apply individually or as part of a consortium. Proposed projects should have durations of 24 months with tentative implementation starting in last quarter of 2006. Grants range from EURO 10,000.00 (approx. NRs 850,000.00) to EURO 50,000.00 (approx. NRs 42,50,000.00) and may cover up to maximum of 90% of the total project costs.