The Minority Rights Group International is offering grants under “Advocacy Projects to promote Rights of Religious Minorities” to fund national advocacy projects that work toward supporting the social, economic and/or political rights of religious minorities and advancing accountability for violations against religious minorities in the following countries: Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria.
Objective: Across the Middle East and North Africa region, minorities have suffered longstanding discrimination at the structural and the individual levels. In many parts of the region, human rights violations have been committed – often with impunity – against minority communities who also experience political, social and economic exclusion. This dreadful situation has been further exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Types of Projects Ideas
Projects should aim to improve protection of religious minorities through supporting their social, economic and/or political rights and improve accountability for violations against religious minorities, including discrimination in accessing equal rights, hate speech and violent attacks. Project’s ideas can cover one or more of the following areas:
- National level campaigns to change law, policy, or practice which directly or indirectly discriminate against religious minorities and address its consequences on affected populations.
- The development of innovative toolkits to be used to advocate for the political, social and/or economic right of religious minorities.
- Research that focuses on a policy, followed by an advocacy to advance the implementation of recommended policies change in the research.
- Improve accountability through documentation and litigation.
- Empowering marginalised groups through engaging the wider public in campaigns and awareness raising activities.
- Budget available: up to 5,000 Euros.
- Timeframe: Projects must be implemented between February and August 2022. The project duration is maximum 6 months.
Geographic Scope: Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
- Applicants must be a non-governmental or community-based organisation working on related issues.
- Have an established track record of similar work in one or more of the project countries.
- Have the ability to receive funding, either through their own organisation or an agreed upon alternative arrangement which aligns with approved protocol.
- Be registered as legal entities or be part of a registered entity/network in the respective country where they operate. There may be some exceptions permitted if a suitable arrangement can be organised.
- Be committed to involving all ethnic and/or religious communities in your broader activities.
- Relevant to the human rights situation of religious minorities in the country.
- Clear project objectives with concrete outcomes & outputs.
- Clearly justified budget that represents value for money.
- Clearly identified target beneficiaries and plan to reach those beneficiaries and advocacy targets effectively.
- Projects that address gender issues, pay attention to multiple forms of discrimination, and include vulnerable groups in project implementation and/or organisational structure.
- Projects that encourage effective collaboration with other CSOs.
For more information, visit https://minorityrights.org/jobs/norad-call-en/