The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has issued a call for proposals to provide grant support to individuals, groups and civil society organizations working for democratization and freedom of expression.
The call is part of the Special Initiative for Democratization and Freedom of Expression launched in 2009 for a three-year period. Now, the Government of Sweden has decided to extend this initiative in order to continue strengthening Sweden’s overall work for democracy, human rights and equal access to justice.
The Special Initiative aims to improve the conditions for actors for change to work for enhanced democratization and freedom of expression. It targets individuals, groups, civil society organizations and other relevant actors at local, national, regional and global levels, and attends to threats against democracy and freedom of expression, and restrictions on the freedoms and human rights of girls and boys, women and men.
Grant will be offered to entities belonging to countries and contexts characterized by lack of respect for human rights and where fundamental freedoms are hampered and where there is limited room for political pluralism.
The support must be directed to interventions and actors for change with restriction to countries eligible for official development assistance (ODA-recipient countries) according to the OECD/DAC-classification.
As this is an open call for proposals, full applications are required to be submitted in the format given in the Guidelines for Applicants document.
The deadline to submit proposals is 15 April 2012.
For more information, visit http://www.sida.se/English/Partners/Civil-Society-/Call-for-Proposals-democracy-initiative/