[EC Call] Supporting grassroots civil society actors in transitional justice initiatives and confidence-building in the Western Balkans

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2020

This Call aims at supporting local grassroots organizations, community associations, traditional and new leadership institutions and informal networks that work for the rights of the victims, fostering society–authorities relations putting the dignity and wellbeing of victims first. It will support the civil society’s role in the design and implementation of local, central and regional processes and to respond to context-specific needs of individuals and communities within such processes including gender concerns and the rights of marginalised and vulnerable groups.

The global objective of this call for proposals is: support to local civil society initiatives in building sustainable capacities for effective development of transitional justice, dialogue and confidence-building actions at cross-border and regional level in the Western Balkans from a victim’s centred approach.

The specific objective of this call for proposals is: support to grass-roots spaces of dialogue in building sustainable transitional justice, dialogue and confidence-building capacities for the implementation of effective dealing with the past actions in the region, from a victim’s centred approach.

The priorities of this call for proposals are:
The primary priority is Transitional justice and peace-building, and the secondary priority is Mediation, dialogue and confidence building measures.
Despite the fact that neighbours have similar problems and the experience of one can easily be transferred to the other, the region has been characterised by the existence of limited interaction. Consequently, this call prioritises the regional cooperation and requires proposals to plan actions in, at least three of the five Western Balkans partners1, with joint activities between civil society actors of the different territories.

Concerning targeted population groups, in addition to victims and their organisations emphasis will be given to work with women and youth.

This programme is relevant for the Agenda 2030. It contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) but also promotes progress towards Goal 5 (Gender equality). This does not imply a commitment by the countries benefiting from this programme.

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