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The European Commission is inviting proposals for the civil society actor of governance and development with an aim to strengthen civil society organizations in EU partner countries.
The general objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe to contribute to the process of governance and development and to the monitoring of public policies for the benefit of the entire population, especially the most vulnerable strata.
The specific objective is to increase the capacity of civil society as a recognized actor in the promotion of good governance.
LOT 1 Gabon : Strengthening and professionalization of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks in the process of participation in public debate , governance at the local level, democratic monitoring, dialogue, and advocacy with national institutions.
LOT 2 Gabon : Strengthening the intervention capacities of CSOs working 1. For gender equality, the inclusion of young people and building the capacities of local CSOs working with women, young people and people with disabilities. 2. In the areas of economic development, environment, food security.
LOT 3 São Tomé and Príncipe : Strengthening and professionalization of CSOs and CSO networks in the processes of participation in public debate , governance at the local level, democratic monitoring, dialogue, and advocacy with national institutions.
LOT 4 São Tomé and Príncipe : Strengthening the intervention capacities of CSOs working 1. For gender equality, the inclusion of young people and the strengthening of the capacities of local CSOs active with women, young people and people disabilities; 2. In access to sexual and reproductive health care; 3. In the areas of economic development, environment, food security.
The objectives of the actions proposed must be consistent with the overall objective of the call and the specific objectives listed above. Priority will be given to proposals: drawn up in consultation between CSOs (networks) and between CSOs and local authorities; strengthening the legal structures of grassroots civil society ( associations, federations , cooperatives, etc.) ; demonstrating a good intervention logic and providing for a rigorous results monitoring system.
Lot 1: CSO Gabon: € 700,000
Lot 2: CSO Gabon: €700,000
Lot 3: CSO Sao Tomé and Principe : € 300,000
Lot 4: CSO Sao Tome and Principe: € 300,000
Any grant requested under this call for proposals:
For lots 1 and 2 must be equal to or greater than 350,000 EUR AND less than or equal to 700,000 EUR (in other words, the minimum grant amount requested must be 350,000 EUR and the maximum grant amount requested must be EUR 700,000;
For lots 3 and 4 must be an amount equal to 300.000 EUR (in other words, the minimum amount of the grant that can be requested is the same as the maximum amount that can be requested).
The following entities cannot be considered affiliated with an applicant:
the recipients of a contract launched by an applicant, or its subcontractors, the entities to which a public service is delegated or granted on behalf of an applicant;
Entities that receive financial support from the applicant;
Those who regularly collaborate with an applicant on the basis of a memorandum of understanding or who share assets;
Entities that have signed a consortium agreement under the grant contract.
To be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
Be a legal person and
Have no profit motive and
Belong to one of the following categories of organizations: non-governmental organization and
In Gabon or in a Member State of the European Union for lots 1 and 2 and,
In São Tomé and Príncipe or in a Member State of the European Union for lots 3 and 4
Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and the affiliated entity(ies) and not act as an intermediary.
The lead applicant must act with one or more co-applicants.
In addition, if the lead applicant is established in a Member State of the European Union, it must act
With at least one co-applicant established in Gabon for lots 1 and 2, and
With at least one co-applicant established in São Tomé and Príncipe for lots 3 and 4.
Co-applicants take part in drawing up and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those borne by the lead applicant.
Co-applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as apply to the lead applicant itself.
Co-applicants must sign the mandate.
If the grant is awarded to them, any co-applicants become beneficiaries within the framework of the action (with the coordinator).
In addition, it should be noted that contracts cannot be awarded or signed with applicants on the EU restrictive measures lists.
This structural link mainly encompasses two notions:
Control, within the meaning of Directive 2013/34/EU on annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings.
Entities affiliated with an applicant can therefore be:
Entities controlled directly or indirectly by the applicant (subsidiaries or first-tier subsidiaries) or controlled by an entity itself controlled by the applicant (sub-subsidiaries or second-tier subsidiaries). This is valid for the other control levels;
Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Similarly, they may be entities controlling a company controlling the applicant;
Entities at the same level of direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies);
membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as, for example, a network, federation or association of which the proposed affiliated entity is a member, or the applicant is a member of the same entity (for example, a network, a federation or an association,…) than the proposed affiliated entity.
Exceptionally, an entity may be considered affiliated to an applicant even if the structural link has been established for the sole purpose of implementing the action, in the case of 'single applicants' or 'single beneficiaries'. A single applicant or a single beneficiary is a legal entity made up of several entities or a group of entities which together satisfy the grant award criteria. For example, an association is made up of its members.
Post Date: 02-Dec-2022
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