The objective of MATRA is to contribute to social transformation, leading to a sustainable relationship between government and the citizens in the areas of plural democracy, the rule of law and human rights, using Dutch experience where possible.
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The aim is to increase accountability and transparency of BiH authorities, influence policies and legislation, and/or monitor their implementation in the following fields:
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- Rule of Law, including reform of the judiciary and public administration, and fight against corruption and organised crime;
- Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, with a special focus on human rights defenders, equal rights for LGBTI persons and freedom of religion and belief;
- Freedom of expression and independent media, including a safe working environment for journalists in traditional and digital media.
- Social and economic reforms in light of EU accession path of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Stability and security, with a focus on migration, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism.
The following activities and types of projects are not eligible for funding under MATRA:
- Projects related to other than above listed themes;
- Projects with a predominantly academic focus, i.e. research and feasibility studies;
- Projects that largely or exclusively involve the delivery of goods or materials;
- Infrastructural or construction projects;
- Bursaries or education programmes;
- Humanitarian aid;
- Projects which are primarily a continuation of previous or ongoing projects, funded by the MATRA or by other donors.
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MATRA is open for applications by local non-governmental organizations.
How to Apply
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Proposals must be submitted both on paper and in electronic form (in Word, PDF or Excel format), state the name(s) of the applicant(s), the date and be signed by an authorized person from the organization with ultimate responsibility. Proposals must be written in English.
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