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Non-state actors and local authorities in development

The thematic programme “Non-state actors and local authorities in development” aims at encouraging non-state actors and local authorities, both from the EU and in developing countries, to get more involved in development issues. Based on Article 14 of the EU Regulation establishing the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI), it replaces the ancient NGO co-financing and Decentralised co-operation programmes.

We are pleased to inform you that a Commission Staff Working Document on Development Education and Awareness Raising in Europe (SWD 2012/457) has been published.

The Commission Staff Working Document takes stock of EU-funded DEAR activities managed and implemented by the European Commission through its Development and Cooperation Directorate-General. It is mainly based on the outcomes of the DEAR Study, and of several evaluations carried out on the subject. It also presents recent developments and the results of DEAR workshops held in the framework of the "Structured Dialogue for an efficient partnership in Development". 

This Staff Working Document will also feed the forthcoming Commission proposal for a renewed DEAR strategy, to be developed in the framework of the Civil Society and Local Authorities Thematic Programme for 2014-2020.

The document can be found under "Key documents".

Introduction to the thematic instruments and programmes 2011-2013

Downloadable version of the last version of the brochure:
 Introduction to thematic instrument and programmes 2011-2013 pdf - 6 MB [6 MB] español (es) français (fr)






Story from the field

The non-governmental organisation PANGEA – Socio-environmental Study Centre, through the project Waste Collectors Network CATA BAHIA, co-financed by the European Union in the thematic line Non State Actors and Local Authorities in Development, won the Brazilian National Prize for the Millennium Development Goals for objective 1: Reduce Poverty and Hunger. Read more... pdf - 87 KB [87 KB]




What does it cover?

The objective of the thematic programme on non-State actors and local authorities in development shall be to co-finance initiatives proposed and/or carried out by civil society organisations and local authorities originating from the Community and partner countries in the area of development. The programme shall be implemented in consistency with the objective of the Regulation pdf - 369 KB [369 KB] français (fr) and to strengthen the capacity of non-State actors and local authorities in the policy making process.

To achieve the above overall objective, the programme foresees three objectives :

a) Objective 1 – In country operations:

Interventions in developing countries and regions which strengthen participatory development and processes and inclusion of all actors, especially vulnerable and marginalised groups; support capacity development processes of the actors concerned at country, regional or local level; promote mutual understanding processes; facilitate citizens' active engagement in development processes and at strengthening their capacity to take action.

Objective 1: contains two parts:

  • In country envelopes (for actions in a partner country)
  • Multi-country actions (projects in two or more partner countries)

b) Objective 2 – Development Education within the EU and acceding countries:

Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting education for development in the Community and in acceding countries, to anchor development policy in European societies, to mobilise greater public support in the Community and acceding countries for action against poverty and for fairer relations between developed and developing countries, to raise awareness in the European Union of the issues and difficulties facing developing countries and their peoples, and to promote the social dimension of globalisation.

c) Objective 3 – Coordination:

Coordination and communication between civil society and local authority networks, within their organisations and between different types of stakeholders active in the European and global public debate on development.

How much funding is available?

The programme has a budget of € 702 million for 2011-2013, allocated as follows :

  • Objective 1: €583 million (83% of the total)
  • Objective 2: €102 million (14.5% of the total)
  • Objective 3: €17 million (2.5% of the total)

The remaining funds are allocated for support expenses.

Activities in each targeted developing country are generally managed by relevant EU delegations while EuropeAid manages multi-country activities and actions in Europe .

The programme is implemented through Annual Action Programmes (AAPs) based on the general indications provided by the Thematic Strategy Papers and Multi-Annual Indicative Programmes

- Thematic Strategy Paper 2011-2013 pdf - 114 KB [114 KB] français (fr) .

Who is eligible for funding?

The DCI Regulation contains under Art.24/2 a list of types of organizations that are eligible for funding under this programme. For further information please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions pdf - 25 KB [25 KB] or to the Article 24 of the DCI pdf - 369 KB [369 KB] français (fr) .

How to apply?

The European Commission allocates grants to co-finance activities within this program. These grants are a direct financial contribution, by way of donation, from the EU budget, in order to co-finance an action intended to help achieve an objective specified above.

Grants are selected through Calls for Proposals. The term “Calls for Proposals” refers to the mechanism whereby a selection process is launched to choose projects on a competitive (non-discriminatory) basis. Calls for proposals give a full, clear and precise description of the subject and specify the eligibility, the selection and award criteria.

For more information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions pdf - 25 KB [25 KB] .


Last update: 01/02/2013 | Top