The Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) in a consortium with the Hertie School, Human Rights Center (Georgia) and the Georgian Democracy Initiative has designed a multi-faceted 24-month intervention “Strengthening Monitoring and Advocacy Capacities for Rights in Georgia”.
With the financial support of the European Union, the project aims to enhance the capacity of Georgian civil society organisations (CSOs) working on the protection of human rights at the national and local levels to oversee state authorities’ compliance more effectively and to increase human rights awareness among right holders and duty bearers.
The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of CSOs and grassroots movements to continuously monitor the human rights situation in the country, promote the adoption of government measures, policies and laws to advance human rights, and- through strategic national and international advocacy- resist a possible backsliding in the sphere of human rights and the rule of law.
To achieve the overall goal, the intervention logic is geared towards three main outcomes linked to three methods of intervention:
- Improved human rights investigation, monitoring, reporting and advocacy capacities as well as the knowledge on international human rights monitoring mechanisms of representatives of small, local CSOs and grassroots movements; and local trainers certified to teach human rights monitoring and advocacy.
- Four human rights CSOs working at the national level and ten small human rights CSOs and grassroots movements working at the local level, supported by the two-tier sub-granting programme, implement monitoring and advocacy activities on Georgia’s human rights commitments.
- Increased awareness among national and local state authorities and the general public of the state’s obligations towards the promotion and respect of human rights in the country and on the implementation gaps of the national human rights strategies.
Objective of the Call
- Within the framework of this project, the NHC will implement the following FSTP (financial support to third parties) scheme. The NHC aims to provide small grants in order to enable local CSOs and grassroots movements working on human rights protection related issues in Georgia to develop and implement projects focusing on monitoring and advocacy in relation to Georgia’s human rights commitments.
- This may include, but is not limited to:
- Monitoring and reporting in relation to Georgia’s human rights commitment on local and national level, in particular the implementation of the Civic Integration Strategy and the (yet to be adopted) National Human Rights Strategy;
- Advocacy campaigns in relation to Georgia’s human rights commitments,
- Awareness raising towards decision makers on Georgia’s human rights commitments;
- Awareness raising campaigns towards the general public on human rights in general, with particular attention to protecting the rights of marginalised groups such as LGBTI+ right, women rights and the rights of ethnic minorities.
Grant Amount and Duration
- The NHC aims to provide approximately 10 small grants in total, between 1,000 and 6,000 EUR per grant. This call for proposals will be implemented in two rounds; during each round up to 5 small grants will be awarded.
- The anticipated starting date for the selected projects is 1 January 2024. The selected projects should be implemented within 6 months from the starting date of the project
- This restricted call for proposals is open for the local CSOs and grassroots movement in Georgia whose representatives take part in the capacity-strengthening programme conducted within the framework of the project
- The grant can be received by:
- Non-profit civil society organisations operating and registered as legal entities and entities without legal personality in Georgia;
- Grassroots initiatives operating in Georgia (a group of private people represented by one responsible person, united with one civic aim).
- Public administration institutions, state agencies, local or regional authorities, political parties or organisations affiliated with political parties are not eligible for this call.
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