Investing in People
The Programme “Investing in people” aims to support actions in the area of human and social development, in particular: education, health, gender equality, social cohesion, employment, childhood and youth, as well as culture. Based on Article 12 of the EU Regulation establishing the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI), this is the only thematic programme which covers nearly all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
What does it cover?
The programme supports activities under four main pillars:
- good health for all, with a focus on the human resources crisis in health-care systems, poverty-related diseases, neglected or emerging diseases and the promotion if sexual and reproductive health and rights;
- education, knowledge and skills,promotion of universal access to quality primary education and access to vocational and skills training;
- gender equality, promotion of women’s rights and gender equality;
- other aspects of human and social development, such as: employment and social cohesion (to improve working conditions at international level), children and youth (against the exploitation of children and in favour of improving job prospects for the young) and culture.
The programme covers all developing countries, giving priority to those in most need of EC assistance to achieve the MDGs.
This instrument supports country and regional programmes where they exist, while acting as a catalyst of change in countries where they do not. It may also play a role in the most fragile states and post-conflict countries (by building on initiatives financed as part of the humanitarian assistance) and it offers funding through global initiatives for direct action in countries with critical MDG indicators.
How much money is available?
For 2007-2010, the programme had a budget of € 541 million for 2007-2010, allocated as follows:
- Good health for all: €300 million (55% of the total)
- Education and skills: €65 million (12% of the total)
- Gender equality: €29 million (5% of the total)
- Other aspects of human and social development: €113 million (21% of the total)
For 2011-2013 the budget is € 502 million with the following allocations:
- Good health for all: €280 million (56% of the total)
- Education and skills: €72 million (14,5% of the total)
- Gender equality: €37 million (7,5% of the total)
- Other aspects of human and social development: €113 million (22% of the total)
Funding is usually disbursed through Calls for Proposals. For global or strategic initiatives, agreements are also signed with international organisations, such as UN agencies or the World Bank.
The programme is implemented through Annual Action Programmes (AAPs) based on the general indications provided by the Thematic Strategy Paper and Multi-Annual Indicative Programme, both revised during the 2010 Mid-Term review .
Programming in 2011 – 2013 follows the original strategy 2007 - 2013, focused on the four main pillars of thematic action. The programme moves however away from supporting actions in all areas every year to supporting them in a sequence.
Who is eligible for funding?
Entities eligible for funding are specified in the guidelines of each call for proposals, depending on the objectives of the call. Usually, they are:
- Non-State Actors (NSAs), including non-governmental organisations, social partner organisations, such as professional associations, universities and research institutes, etc.;
- local authorities and consortia thereof or associations representing them;
- international (intergovernmental) organisations, as defined by Article 43 of the Implementing Rules of the Financial Regulation of the European Community.