Germany is committed to protecting and promoting human rights across the world. To this end, the Federal Foreign Office makes available funding to support human rights projects. This money has to be used and accounted for in accordance with German budget law. Such funding may only be used for specific projects with a limited and clearly defined duration and content. It is not possible to provide institutional support for organisations working in human rights, for instance by assuming ongoing personnel or operating costs.
Focuses of Support
- Strengthening civil society, in particular supporting human rights defenders, human rights institutions and media, e.g. by
- supporting project activities run by human rights defenders;
- promoting local, national and regional networks;
- protecting journalism;
- promoting freedom of opinion and of the press.
- Protecting and promoting the rights of women, e.g. by
- tackling discrimination on the grounds of gender;
- combating trafficking in women;
- supporting projects to combat “honour killings”;
- supporting projects to combat inhumane traditional practices, e.g. genital mutilation;
- countering/preventing violence against women, including in armed conflicts.
- fostering gender equality and the political participation of women.
- Protecting and promoting children’s rights, e.g. by
- combating child trafficking, child labour and sexual exploitation;
- providing help for children in armed conflicts.
- Projects campaigning for a moratorium on the death penalty or its abolition, e.g. by
- supporting seminars with German or European experts;
- supporting reforms in the judiciary and prison systems.
- Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), e.g. by
- The aforementioned spheres are examples; other important fields include:
- combating torture and abuse
- combating human trafficking and forced migration
- combating racism and discrimination
- combating impunity
- improving prison conditions
- supporting truth and reconciliation processes
- Sums of up to 70,000 Euros can be granted for concrete projects.
- Volume per project: up to 100,000.00 Euros
- Germany’s missions abroad provide project application forms. This form must be completed carefully and in full and submitted promptly by the date set by the mission (in Namibia: 10 September 2020). Applicants should reckon on the procedure taking several months.
- The application must be accompanied by a financial plan including detailed lists of project costs.
- Once the Federal Foreign Office has approved the application, a funding agreement will be concluded under German law.
- Once the project has been completed, proof of employment of funds must be given using the sample text available from the mission. Interim progress reports must be submitted for projects which run over several months.
- Non-governmental organisations active in the area of human rights can apply.
For more information, visit German Embassy in Windhoek.