The global objective of this call for proposals is to promote intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all people in the project countries.
Deadline for submission of concept notes 16 May 2017 at 16:00 (Brussels date and time)
This call has two lots. Each lot has a specific objective that corresponds to a theme/sector (see 2.1.4 Eligible actions: actions for which and application may be made):
The specific objectives of the programme are interlinked and mutually reinforcing.
Lot 1: Enhancing understanding and respect for cultural and religious diversity.
Specific Objective: to enhance cultural pluralism and intercultural understanding, including aspects relating to religion or belief in the project countries;
The actions shall:
Foster interreligious and/or interfaith understanding. Beneficiaries will learn how to accept and value diversity, deal with disagreements in a constructive, non-conflictual way and gain understanding of the similarities and differences between cultural, religious or belief communities.
– enhance knowledge and understanding of different cultures and religions/belief systems and contribute to respect of diversity and meaningful intercultural/interreligious dialogues.
– reduce prejudices and potential for conflict and sectarianism, building common ground among people holding different worldviews.
– mobilise a variety of expertise and actors including cultural actors, actors in the education sector as teachers, academics and scholars, civil society organisations, religious /belief communities.
In the area of Religion and Belief, the references are the Guidelines on Freedom and Religion and Belief (FORB), adopted in 2013.
Lot 2: Culture as an enabler for dialogue, social inclusion, skills development and cohesion
Specific Objective: to enhance dialogue and social inclusion (notably of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations such as persons belonging to minorities, migrants, women and girls, disabled) skills development and social cohesion in the project countries.
The actions shall:
– offer neutral and safe space for encounters that seek to create an environment of mutual understanding and respect, and in promoting integration in society allowing all to participate and benefit from an inclusive development process.
– improve access to culture, encompassing more members of the community to promote integration.
In reaching these objectives, attention should be given to members of marginalised groups, minorities or disadvantaged social categories that would particularly benefit from intercultural dialogue outcomes (such as leaders who have an influence on other people’s perceptions, teachers, youth at risk of radicalisation, women and girls, migrants and displaced persons etc.). Exchange programmes could be implemented; cultural content will be developed around intercultural dialogue, literacy about cultural and religious diversity could be developed including building intercultural competencies and skills, e.g. through arts and culture.
The action will seek to mobilise cultural resources and actors, preferably in urban settings to reach a critical mass of the population. Cities and local authorities play an increasingly important role in developing countries, where socio-economic disparities, spatial segregation and other forms of inequalities are more concentrated. Local authorities have responsibilities in local development strategies, cultural institutions and venues, and urban public spaces. Moreover, the majority of increasing migratory flows across the borders tends to have urban areas as a point of final destination.
The action aims to use culture as preferred means for intercultural dialogue. Experience shows that culture can be used to successfully address sensitive social issues for example fostering emotional engagement and reflexive thinking, and enhancing (non-verbal) communication between different groups.
The expected results (R) for the programme (both lots) are:
R1 – Enhanced understanding, tolerance and respect for cultural and religious diversity among targeted groups;
R2 – Improved capacity of targeted actors to promote intercultural understanding;
R3 – Cultural material developed, used and disseminated to foster intercultural understanding.
- The EU shall apply a Rights-Based Approach (RBA) for development cooperation (article 3.8 of the Development Cooperation Instrument) encompassing all human rights, whether civil, political, economic, social or cultural. The implementation of the five RBA principles: (i) legality, universality and indivisibility of human rights, (ii) participation, (iii) non-discrimination, (iv) accountability (v) transparency must be applied in each step of the project cycle from identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring to evaluation. Therefore, all proposals must be designed according to a Rights-Based Approach.
- Furthermore, gender equality is an integral part of the RBA, encompassing the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights. Gender equality constitutes a fundamental human rights principle and a common value of the European Union (EU Treaties, EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020). Each selected proposal will have to report against relevant “SMART” sex-disaggregated indicators mentioned in the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020.
- Knowledge sharing: applicants should also propose mechanisms to contribute to the dissemination of good practices and results of the programme for capacity building purposes, allowing for eventual replication and upscale of successful projects. The European Commission may hold a seminar to disseminate results and lessons learned between beneficiaries of the programme and/or other relevant stakeholders. The applicants should make financial provisions for participation at 2 knowledge management events in Brussels in the course of the programme, to promote the development and sharing of resilient data collection mechanisms to inform policy making at various levels.
These 3 priorities will be assessed during the Concept Note evaluation and in particular under criterion 1.1 (How relevant is the proposal to the objectives and priorities of the Call for Proposals). (see 2.3 of these Guidelines, Evaluation and selection of applications).
Geographical balance may be taken into account by the European Commission when determining the relevance of the actions.
 In terms of scope, culture covers both tangible culture, such as architecture, archives and libraries, artistic crafts, audio-visual (including film, television, video games and multimedia), cultural heritage, design (including fashion design), festivals, music, performing and visual arts, publishing and radio as well as intangible culture, such as worldviews, values and beliefs, traditions.
 Diverse artistic disciplines and media such as music, theatre, visual arts, cinema, television & radio, social/virtual media
 Following the adoption in 2014 of the Tool-box “A Rights-Based Approach, encompassing all human rights, for EU development cooperation” and the subsequent adoption in 2014 of the related Council Conclusions.
Lot 1 – Enhancing understanding, tolerance and respect for cultural and religious diversity
Lot 2 – Culture as enabler of social inclusion and cohesion of disadvantaged populations