Sunday, March 7, 2010

The European Commission (EC) Call for Proposals on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


The European Commission recognizes the fact that insufficient progress has been made in the field of maternal health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and more efforts have to be made here to achieve the MDG 5 targets to be met by the year 2015. It is also essential that in order to achieve these targets, the role of civil society is critical. Therefore, the current call for proposals under its Investing in People, Good Health for All programme, it is seeking to support projects in developing countries for “Advocacy and technical support for the development of national sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) strategies and specific actions.”

“The thematic programme ‘Investing in People’ pursues a broad approach to development and poverty reduction, with the general aim of improving human and social development levels in partner countries in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals. It is based on Article 12 of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)1, and is further defined in the Strategy Paper for the Thematic Programme 2007-20132. Under the theme ‘Good Health for all’, it The thematic programme ‘Investing in People’ pursues a broad approach to development and poverty reduction, with the general aim of improving human and social development levels in partner countries in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Declaration and theMillennium Development Goals.”

Overall objective

The overall objective of the call is to support developing countries to improve SRHR by strengthening civil society organisations to effectively advocate for the development and implementation of SRHR strategies for their population and contributing to provision of SRH services in fragile states.

Applications must address only one of the specific objectives of the call:

Specific objective 1: Advocate for SRHR policy development and implementation and awareness raising of SRHR

Applications under specific objective 1 must contribute to achieving at least two of the following expected results:

1.1. Advocacy directed at parliamentarians, political and interest parties, cabinets of ministers and government institutions at the level where decisions are made on budget allocations and on development and enforcement of laws and directives for SRHR; and SRHR are strategically positioned in national and local policy debates, linking it to a broad economic and socio-cultural agenda.

1.2. Alliances of local NGOs, other non-State actors and international organisations (IOs) are forged for influenced SRHR policy development and implementation and for integrated SRH in the operations of the country coordinating mechanisms (CCM) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

1.3. Media campaigns are designed and run to support the promotion of SRHR and to end impunity for sexual and gender-based violence against women, girls and boys

1.4. Youth networks and coalitions are supported to promote access for young people, girls and boys, to better information on sexual health and rights, sexual education, counselling on safe sexual behaviour, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS, and provision of and/or referral to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services. Attention is also given to violence and mutual respect between genders.”

Specific objective 2: Improve access to SRH services and services for victims of abuse and rape in fragile states

Applications under specific objective 2 must contribute to achieving one or both of the two expected results below:

2.1. Existing SRH services are improved or, when such services are absent, SRH services are provided

2.2. Services and counselling are provided for victims of abuse and rape; their reintegration into society and social acceptance are supported

Activities under specific objective 2 can include but are not limited to:

Actions aiming to reinforce provision and quality of family planning and maternal health care services (e.g. ante- and postnatal care, assisted deliveries, emergency obstetric and medical care, provision of commodities, sexual education and counselling on safe sexual behaviour, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) etc.), training of health care providers; psychological support to victims of rape and, where relevant, to their close relatives, medical care, social services, income generation activities, referral to legal assistance, relevant advocacy targeted to decision makers, awareness raising among key populations such as military, police and ex-soldiers.

All activities under both specific objectives should contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of promoting gender equality (goal 3), improving maternal health (goal 5); and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS (goal 6); and promote a holistic approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights and be in line with the principles agreed at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the ICPD+5 Programme of Action, including safe motherhood and universal access to a comprehensive range of safe and reliable reproductive and sexualhealth care services , supplies, education and information, including on all kinds of family planning methods; and include the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Actions targeting victims of rape and abuse should contribute to the relevant principles of UN Resolutions on women and peace and security 1325 and 1820.”

Geographical priority

Under the specific objective 1 the priority will be given to actions in developing countries with the worst indicators for sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, men and adolescents, and in countries where governments have been unable or unwilling to take effective action on SRHR on their own.

Under specific objective 2 priority will be given to countries where SRH needs are not met by the government and/or where abuse and rape are aggravated due to conflict or crisis and in particular to the following countries:

Afghanistan, Sudan, DRC, Haiti, Cambodia, Nigeria; Burundi, Cameroon, Somalia, Niger, Laos, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Chad, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, Tajikistan, Cote d’Ivoire, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Angola, Mauritania, Guinea, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Togo, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Vanuatu, Comoros, Tonga, Sao Tome& Principe, Kiribati

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that the country where the action is proposed to take place and/or the population group targeted fall under the situation described above under the relevant geographic priority. To this end, proposals must clearly identify each specific situation and provide all the essential elements (concrete and verifiable, e.g. reference to statistical reports or official or other relevant data9) to give technical evidence of the gravity of the situation.”

Size of grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

Minimum amount: EUR 300 000
Maximum amount: EUR 2 500 000

Deadline is April 15th, 2010

Further information can be found at

Please quote as your reference when applying for this opportunity

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