Civil society - Partner in Commission programmes
NGOs and other civil society organizations are key partners in implementing the Commission's development aid strategy. They are eligible for EuropeAid financing from both the thematic and geographical programmes and can submit projects in response to a call for proposals.
Support for civil society bodies is a strategic priority, and the major geographical instruments for development reflect this:
- European development fund (EDF)
- Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
- European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)
What all geographical programmes have in common is that they encourage civil society participation in the dialogue with State authorities about developmentstrategies and sectoral policies, as well as to help prepare, implement and monitor development programmes and projects.
EU support aims to consolidate civil society through integrated programmes that increase their capacities and enable them to play the indispensible role in public life and development. The programmes seek to improve internal governance, operational and strategic capabilities as well as the ability to work in networks, communicate and take part in a dialogue on public policy.
Thematic instruments and programmes
Thematic operations cover worldwide issues such as the protection of human rights, the promotion of democracy, poverty reduction, food seft-sufficiency, education, environment, health etc.
Unlike the geographical programmes, they are not the result of direct negotiations between a beneficiary country and the Commission. Virtually all thematic programmes are open to contributions from civil society organisations (CSO) from north and south. Civil society plays a fundamental role in the Non-state Actors and Local Authorities programme and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.
CSO are also key partners in the other thematic programmes managed by EuropeAid: