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Call for Concept Notes: Protecting Human Rights Defenders & the Right to Defend Rights - Asia

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 29, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on April 17, 2021
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The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) has opened a specialised and limited call for concept notes for projects contributing to building resilience, adaptability and increased safety and security for human rights defenders and human rights movements.

Projects focusing on digital security and new technological threats used against human rights defenders and projects that seek to give psychosocial and multifaceted support to human rights defenders will be prioritized. The applicant should explain how the initiative will lead to a positive change for human rights defenders in their local communities.

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Successful applicants must:
1. Have a minimum of 2 years proven experience working with human rights defenders and their security.
2. Have a strategic and targeted approach on structural human rights change, for the right to defend rights and the improved security of human rights defenders.
3. Be located in India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Myanmar. Regional initiatives that include human rights defenders from one or more of the listed countries are welcome to apply.
4. Have an annual budget under 150,000 USD. (Applicants with a budget over 150 000 USD can submit applications only if they are able to document a special need or reason for why they should be prioritized by the NHRF in this call.).

Priority will be given to:
a) Organisations that are led by the target group or that have a strong link to the community and have special competence in the thematic area of focus;
b) Organisations that adapt an inclusive approach, for example for gender, minorities and persons with disabilities;
c) Organisations that work with women human rights defenders, LGBTIQ- defenders, environmental defenders and trade union activists;
d) Organisations that have proven experience from working in networks, both nationally and regionally;
e) Organisations focusing on digital security and psychosocial support.

International organisations are not eligible.

Grant amount: 15-25,000 USD.

Project timeline: One year (12 months).

Project start date: End of 2021 / beginning of 2022.

The call for concept notes will be open until the deadline of April 18, 2021.

The NHRF will review submissions and then make a shortlist of applicants that will be invited to submit a full application. This process could take time - up to 6 months - so we ask applicants to please be patient with our processes.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 29
Mar 29

Friendly reminders:
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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
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Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Mar 31
Mar 31

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 31
Mar 31