The European Union promotes more equitable, open and democratic societies globally. To achieve this, the EU encourages civil society and local authorities to actively participate in partner countries’ public policies. In Sudan, the EU Delegation just launched a 5.5 million EUR worth call for proposals for civil society organizations and local authorities.
With the new Civil Society Organizations and Local Authorities Programme, the EU seeks to enhance civil society organizations' and local authorities’ contributions to governance, policy formulation and development processes in Sudan. The programme aims to strengthen cooperation between the civil society and local authorities, and empower them to better respond to the needs of the Sudanese people. One important priority is basic services delivery to the poorest sections of the Sudanese society, in particular those living in remote and marginalized areas.
Applications can be submitted by the Sudanese and international civil society organizations, community-based organizations, as well as local authorities below the central level of government until 14 May 2015 to the European Union Delegation. All information on the Call for Proposals can be found on the EU Delegation's website: http://www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/sudan/press_corner/all_news/news/2015/20150331_en.htm
Under the previous "Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development" programme between 2007 to 2013, the EU successfully supported over fifty projects with national and international NGOs for a total amount of 26.5 million EUR in the areas of capacity building, poverty reduction, access to basic services and community mobilization.