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EU supports citizen participation in development processes

EU supports citizen participation in development processes

The European Union in Zimbabwe has launched a new call for proposals aimed at strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to meaningfully contribute to governance and development processes in Zimbabwe

In total, the EU is providing EUR 5 million (approximately USD 5.5 million) for projects that enhance the capacity of civil society organisations to constructively participate in decision making processes at all levels to promote good governance, accountability, transparency and social cohesion. The projects ought to strengthen CDOs efforts to develop a conducive operational environment and to promote access to and dissemination of information on development processes.

On the occasion of the launch of the call for proposals, Ambassador Timo Olkkonen, Head of the EU Delegation to Zimbabwe, said: “The EU will continue to support the role of CSOs as key actors in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). This will include strengthening them to effectively perform their monitoring and representative role which also entails empowering both women and men, to collectively tackle injustice and inequality, to advocate for better social services and decent livelihoods. In the same way that CSOs demand accountability from duty bearers, they also have to be accountable and practise the same principles that they expect others to uphold, hence, the Call for Proposals also seeks to further strengthen CSOs to be more professional, transparent and effective.”

The call is launched in the framework of the ‘Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities’ (CSO – LA) Thematic Programme. The objective of the Programme is to strengthen civil society organisations and local authorities in partner countries with the aim of fostering an enabling environment for citizen participation and civil society action and cooperation, exchange of knowledge, experience and capacities, in support of internationally agreed development goals and in this instance, the 2030 agenda.

The call is fully in line with the objectives of the Cotonou Agreement, which governs relations between Zimbabwe and the EU. The strategic objective of the EU’s development cooperation with Zimbabwe is to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and to support peace and stability, by supporting inclusive and sustainable growth and promoting human rights, democracy and rule of law, with particular attention to gender, youth, vulnerable groups and migrations.

Interested organisations can access more information about this call for proposals here:

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