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Call for proposals - Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union - EuropeAid/131141/C/ACT/Multi
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2011. november 27.
Feltöltve:  2011. október 13., 13:47:09
Célcsoport:  Más (20)
Szakmai terület:  EU-integráció segítése (15); Oktatás (59)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  [ec.europa.eu]

BACKGROUND

The thematic programme “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development”, introduced in 2007, covers the following three main components:
- Objective 1: Support to development actions, to be implemented by Non-State Actors (NSA) or Local Authorities (LA), in close cooperation with the local communities and the most vulnerable population groups, aiming at promoting an inclusive and empowered society in partner countries.
- Objective 2: Support to actions in the EU and acceding countries aiming at raising public awareness of development issues and promoting education for development, to mobilise greater support for actions against poverty and for fairer relations between developed and developing countries and to change attitudes to the issues and difficulties developing countries and their peoples are facing.
- Objective 3: Support to actions aiming at achieving more efficient cooperation, foster synergies and facilitate a structured dialogue in the area of development between civil society networks and local authorities associations from the EU and acceding countries, within their organisations and with Community institutions.

Global objectives

This call for proposals is launched under objective 2 of the NSA-LA Thematic Programme referred to above. More specifically, the overarching objective of this call for proposals is to support actions, presented by Non- State Actors, aiming at raising public awareness of development issues and promoting education for development in the European Union (EU) and acceding countries6 to anchor development policy in European societies, to mobilise greater public support for action against poverty and for fairer relations between developed and developing countries, and to change attitudes to the issues and difficulties facing developing countries and their peoples.

Specific Objectives for this Call for Proposals

To develop European citizens' awareness and critical understanding of the interdependent world and of their role, responsibility and lifestyles in relation to a globalised society; and to support their active engagement in global attempts to eradicate poverty, and promote justice, human rights, and sustainable ways of living.

This Call contains three lots corresponding to three distinct categories of development education and awareness raising projects.

LOT 1: Global Learning projects in the formal education system
Projects under this lot aim at enhancing the competences of the target groups in addressing issues of global development. They use learner-centred, participatory, dialogue-oriented and experiential methodologies to develop such competences.
Projects under this lot will focus primarily on development education in the formal education system (such as curriculum development, teacher training, development education programmes in school, work with parentteachers associations, etc.)

LOT 2: Global Learning projects outside of the formal education system
Projects under this lot aim at enhancing the competences of the target groups in addressing issues of global development. They use learner-centred, participatory, dialogue-oriented and experiential methodologies to develop such competences.
Projects in this category will focus primarily on actions outside of the formal education system (such as youth groups, adult education, informal education, etc.)

LOT 3: Campaigning and Advocacy projects
Projects under this lot aim at concrete changes in behaviour at individual and collective levels, or in institutional/corporate policies. They use results-oriented strategies. They facilitate and support informed citizen engagement and advocacy for more just and sustainable policies, political/economic structures and individual practices. Campaigning and advocacy projects should have a marked European dimension. Projects with a marked European dimension seek to produce results at European level, and should involve coordinated action and a coherent approach in various Member States.

Priorities

In order to maximise the impact and effectiveness of this programme, priority will be given to actions covering one or more of the following thematic issues (for all three lots):
· public support for the MDG agenda, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa;
· policy coherence for development, with a particular focus on areas of public interest where common development goals are important such as: migration, trade (especially fair trade), microcredit, security, human rights, social dimension of globalisation and decent work.

AND

One of the following specific priorities:
· For Lot 1: close cooperation and complementarity with the national educational authorities of the countries in which the Action will take place.
· For Lot 2: complementarity with existing development education efforts in the countries of implementation, or targeting identified development education gaps.
· For Lot 3: a strong European dimension. Priority will be given to Actions which seek to produce results at European level, involve coordinated action and a coherent approach in various Member States, and cover 15 to 27 Member States.

These priorities have to be seen within the current international debate on aid effectiveness and aid architecture reform (Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda of Action).

FINANCIAL ALLOCATION PROVIDED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 27.121.500, to be financed by budget line 21 03 01 "Non state actors in development".

The allocation of a similar additional amount from the 2012 budget is subject to the approval of the 2012 Annual Action Programme of the NSA-LA thematic programme by the Budgetary Authority and to the subsequent Commission decision.

The European Commission also reserves the right not to award all available funds. Similarly, this amount could be increased should more funds become available. Indicative financial envelope per LOT:

The funds will be distributed according to the following indicative allocation per lot:
Lot 1: EUR 9.040.500
Lot 2: EUR 9.040.500
Lot 3: EUR 9.040.500

Where the financial allocation indicated above cannot be used due to insufficient quality or number of proposal received, the European Commission reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to other lots or other components of the thematic programme.

A portion of 20% of the financial envelope for this call will be allocated preferably to development education and awareness-raising actions in the Member States which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 (EU 12) proposed by organisations originating from those countries. If the quality or number of proposals received from applicants from EU 12 Member States is insufficient, the European Commission reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to other proposals.

Size of grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
· minimum amount: 100.000 €
· maximum amount: 1.000.000 €

In exceptional cases, the European Commission is prepared to consider project proposals with a grant request higher than 1.000.000 EUR, and up to a maximum amount of 5.000.000 EUR, for Actions which can demonstrate a particular relevance to the priorities of the Call, and a particularly strong European dimension.

In such cases, the applicant must provide explanations in the Concept Note, which will be examined in the context of the evaluation.

As a general rule, a grant may not exceed 75% of the total eligible costs of the action. Nevertheless, for actions proposed and managed by Non-State Actors from the EU 12 new Member States, the grant may cover up to 90% of the action's total eligible costs.

The balance (i.e. the difference between the total cost of the action and the amount requested from the European Commission) must be financed from the applicant's or partners' own resources, or from sources other than the European Union budget or the European Development Fund.

Eligibility of applicants: who may apply?

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
· be legal persons and
· be non profit making and
· be a national of a Member State of the European Union and
· be Non-State Actors (NSA) and
· be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with their partners, not acting as an intermediary.

Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations which are listed in Section 2.3.3 of the Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions (available from the Internet address indicated at the beginning of the section 2).

In Part A, section 3 of the Grant Application Form (“Declaration by the applicant”), applicants must declare that they do not fall into any of these situations.

Partnerships and eligibility of partners

Applicants may act individually or with partner organizations.

Partners play an active role in the design and implementation of the action and benefit from funding under the grant. As such, costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the grant Beneficiary.

They must complete and sign Part B, section IV of the grant application form - "Partners of the applicant participating in the action" and they must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:
· be legal persons and
· be non profit making and
· be a Non-State Actor (NSA) or a Local Authority (LA) or association of Local Authorities and
· be nationals, of a Member State of the European Union or of an eligible partner country or territory under the DCI instrument as listed in Annex J.

The following are not partners and do not have to sign the partnership statement:

· Associates
Other organisations may be involved in the action. Such associates play a real role in the action but may not receive funding from the grant with the exception of per diem or travel costs. Associates do not have to meet the eligibility criteria referred to in section 2.1.1. The associates have to be mentioned in Part B section IV - “Associates of the Applicant participating in the Action” of the Grant Application Form.

· Contractors
The grant beneficiaries have the possibility to award contracts. Contractors are neither partners nor associates, and are subject to the procurement rules set out in Annex IV to the Standard Grant Contract (see Annex F in section 3 of the present guidelines).

· Sub-grantees
The grant beneficiaries may award financial support (sub-grants) to third entities (sub-grantees). Sub-grantees are neither partners nor associates nor contractors. Sub-grantees are subject to the nationality and origin rules set out in Annex IV of the standard grant contract (see section 2.1.3 for further information on sub-grants).

The applicant will act as the lead organisation and, if selected, as the contracting party (the "beneficiary").

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 36 months.

Location

A multi-country European approach is mandatory under this call for proposals.

LOT 1: "Global Learning" in the formal education system Actions must take place in a minimum of two EU countries.

LOT 2: "Global Learning" outside of the formal education system Actions must take place in a minimum of three EU countries.

Lot 3: "Campaigning and Advocacy" Actions must take place in a minimum of three EU countries whilst priority will be given to actions achieving a wider and substantial European coverage

The following types of action are not eligible:

· actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses;
· one-off conferences: conferences can only be funded if they form part of a wider range of activities to be implemented in the life-time of the action. For these purposes, preparatory activities for a conference and the publication of the proceedings of the conference do not, in themselves, constitute such "wider activities";
· actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
· action intended to raise funds or promote the visibility of the applicant or its partner(s);
· actions consisting mainly of research or of study;
· actions which consist exclusively or primarily in capital expenditure, such as infrastructure, equipment and resources;
· actions which discriminate against individuals or groups of people on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or lack of them, or their ethnic origin;
· actions supporting directly political parties;
· actions which include proselytising activities.

Number of proposals per applicant

An applicant may submit more than one application under this call for proposals. An applicant may at the same time be partner in one or more other applications. Partners may take part in more than one application.
However, an applicant may not be awarded more that one grant under this call for proposals.

How to apply

This is a restricted Call for Proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form.

Registration in the PADOR system, available at http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/onlineservices/pador/index_en.htm is obligatory both for applicants and partners.

Only the Concept Note will be evaluated. It is therefore of utmost importance that this document contains ALL relevant information concerning the action. No additional annexes should be submitted.

Concept Notes must be submitted by e-mail only to the following address:

The subject field of the e-mail must bear the reference of the Call for Proposals, and the name of the applicant organisation
.
The Applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgement of receipt following the submission of a Concept Note.

Please note that if several Concept Notes are sent from the same e-mail address on the same day, only one acknowledgement of receipt will be generated.

PADOR is an on-line database in which organisations register themselves and update regularly their data. Data provided by organisations in PADOR is used by the European Commission, for evaluating the operational and financial capacity criteria as well as for checking the eligibility of the organisations that participate in calls for proposals. This data concerns the organisation itself, it is not linked to a particular project proposal.

Deadline for submission of the Concept Notes

The deadline for the submission of Concept Notes is 21 November, 2011 at 16:00 hrs (Brussels date and time).

Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last day to submit their concept notes, since heavy Internet traffic or a fault with the Internet connection (including electricity failure, etc.) could lead to difficulties in submission. The EC cannot be held responsible for any delay due to such afore-mentioned difficulties.

Any Concept Note sent after the deadline will be rejected.

Applicants must be registered before submitting the concept note, while partners must be registered prior to submission of the full application. The EuropeAid ID number (assigned upon registration in PADOR) of the applicant organisation must be indicated in the Concept Note and the EuropeAid ID number of the partner(s) must be indicated in the Full application form.

For more information: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.welcome&nbPubliList=15&orderby=upd&orderbyad=Desc&searchtype=RS&aofr=131141
 

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