Civil society

Civil society

The European Commission has developed Framework Partnership Agreements with civil society organisations and associations of local authorities across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and Europe. These partnerships cover a wide array of fields of intervention: anti-corruption, gender, accountability, human rights, political and social inclusion or economic empowerment, decentralisation, and good and inclusive local governance, decentralised cooperation.
In the framework of the EIDHR Calls for Proposals that are planned in 2018, the European Commission organised two informal sessions, which took place on Thursday May 24 in Brussels. The sessions were attended by over 30 civil society organisations with the aim of exchanging ideas and providing feedback on the upcoming Calls. The meeting was organised in three parts:
Presentation and Notes from discusssions on the foreseen Human Rights Defenders Mechanism Call for Proposals.
The Annual Action Programme 2017 in favour of Ethiopia with an EDF contribution of EUR 54 million encompasses four actions.
Development and promotion of sustainable tourism (products) in a fragile destination. The project aims to increase provision and consumption of sustainable tourism products to preserve the area with regards to: assurance of private sector uptake and benefit responsible utilisation of natural resources and protection of cultural heritage, minorities and inclusive economic participation.
This project aims to increase and deepen civil society organisations' engagement in human rights and democracy in Botswana and to channel this engagement into concrete action. Five designated rural communities benefit from an enabling environment where the rights of all its people including populations most at risk (LGBTI, women and children) are protected and respected without prejudice and where services and justice are accessible to all.
To mark the 16 days of activism, the National Museum hosted a photo exhibition depicting gender based violence experiences by women as a strategy to raise awareness to a target audience not normally reached by the usual sensitization activities. The photo-journalist Fifi Monosi facilitated discussions and KSWS disseminated information on gender based violence, statistics on Gender-based violence (GBV) as well as referral points for GBV related issues beyond KSWS scope of work.
Today the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, opens the 6th global meeting of the Policy Forum on Development (PFD), which brings together more than 70 representatives from networks of civil society organisations (CSOs), associations of local authorities (LAs), private sector as well as European Union (EU) and Member States representatives.
  This project will promote job-creation and the socio-economic empowerment of rural women in line with the 'Action Strategy for further development of Uzbekistan' which was adopted in 2017. It will therefore strengthen women's role on the socio-political scene.

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