EU seeking Proposals to Support Civil Society in Burundi

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Deadline: 9 June 2019

The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals to Support Civil Society in Burundi with an aim to enable Burundian CSOs to be effective and recognized partners in local governance.

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This call for proposals has a specific objective (s): that CSOs participate actively in the planning, implementation and monitoring of local development.

It will strengthen and enhance the contribution of CSOs to the development of the country by meeting the needs of the Burundian population, especially at the community level. This will be accomplished through:

  • CSO capacity building and structuring. CSOs will be better equipped to play their advocacy role vis-à-vis the authorities and to promote citizen participation in governance and through this process. the promotion of a democratic culture;
  • The provision of tools and means for CSOs to participate actively in the planning, implementation and monitoring of local development within the framework of the communal plan for community development (PCDC) and through this, also in the national plan of development (PND) in coordination and synergy with local authorities (LA). Resources will be made available to CSOs to promote their participation in the participatory planning process and the realization of priority actions identified by the PCDC at the community level. CSOs will thus be able to contribute to inclusive and sustainable growth, offer social services and, more generally, participate in local governance.


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The priorities of the program are:

  • Capacity building of CSOs and their structuring.
  • CSO participation in development and local governance.
  • The consolidation of the achievements and the reinforcement of the synergies and complementarities with the local development actions financed by the EU, its Member States (Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands) and Switzerland and more generally by the TFPs. To the extent possible, complementarities and synergy should be sought with the EU-funded Population Resilience Support Measure, which includes a rural development component for nutrition, health.

Funding Information

Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must be between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

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  • minimum amount: EUR 2,000,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 3,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead Applicant
    • To be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person and
      • have no profit and
      • belong to one of the following categories of organizations:
        • International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) or
        • an accredited Burundian CSO with proven experience in local development processes;
      • be established in Burundi
      • “For British applicants: Please note that the eligibility criteria must be respected throughout the duration of the grant. Unless otherwise specified in the sectoral eligibility rules, if the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union during the grant period in the absence of an agreement with the EU, in particular to ensure that United Kingdom applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will no longer receive funding from the EU (while continuing, if possible, to participate) or will be required to leave the project on the basis of Article [insert reference to the article of the contract grant allowing the termination of the contract (modification of the beneficiary’s legal position) “.
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant (s) and the entity or affiliated entities, and not acting as an intermediary
    • To participate in the call for proposals, INGOs must be in partnership with at least one Burundian CSO.
  • Co-Applicant (s)
    • The co-applicants participate in the preparation and implementation of the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those borne by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as those applying to the lead applicant itself.
  • Affiliated entity (ies)
    • The lead applicant and his co-applicant (s) may act with one or more affiliated entities.
    • Only the following entities may be considered affiliated to the lead applicant and / or the co-applicant (s):
      • Only entities that have a structural link with the applicants (the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
      • This structural link mainly encompasses two notions:
        • control, within the meaning of Directive 2013/34 / EU on annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
          • Entities affiliated with an applicant may therefore be:
            • entities controlled directly or indirectly by the applicant (subsidiaries or first-tier subsidiaries) or controlled by an entity itself controlled by the applicant (sub-subsidiaries or second-tier subsidiaries), and this is valid for other levels of control;
            • entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Similarly, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
            • controlled entities, directly or indirectly, at the same level as the applicant (sister companies).
        • membership, that is, the applicant is legally defined as, for example, a network, federation or association of which the proposed affiliated entity is a member, or the applicant is a member of the same entity (for example, a network, federation or association) than the proposed affiliated entity.

How to Apply

In order to apply for the grants, applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

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