European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

The instrument for democracy and human rights supports the promotion, development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law as well as the respect for human rights worldwide. It aims to contribute to an increased respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and to promote democratic reforms in third countries through support to civil society organisations support. Objectives: 
  • Enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries where they are most at risk; 
  • Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and, in consolidating political participation and representation;
  • Supporting actions on human rights and democracy issues in areas covered by EU Guidelines, including on human rights dialogues, on human rights defenders, on the death penalty, on torture, on children and armed conflict, on the rights of the child, on violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them, on International Humanitarian Law and on possible future guidelines; 
  • Supporting and strengthening the international and regional framework for the protection and promotion of human rights, justice, the rule of law and the promotion of democracy; 
  • Building confidence in and enhancing the reliability and transparency of democratic electoral processes, in particular through election observation. 
Who can apply? 

The entities eligible for funding depending on the specific objectives of each action/call for proposal are: 
  • civil society organisations; 
  • public- and private-sector non-profit organisations; 
  • national, regional and international parliamentary bodies, where the proposed measure cannot be financed under a related Community external assistance instrument; • international and regional inter-governmental organisations; 
  • natural persons, where their help is necessary for achieving the aims of the EIDHR.