The European Union (EU) has launched a proposals for Promoting the Universal Reproductive Sexual Health and Rights of Vulnerable Adolescents in Africa. The EU’s ongoing commitment to playing a leading role in improving women’s and girls’ empowerment and upholding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is acknowledged in the new European Consensus on Development, the EU Gender Action Plan 2 (GAP II ) and a range of ongoing initiatives and programmes. The EU remains committed to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to the full and effective implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Beijing Platform for Action.
Adolescent girls and other vulnerable adolescents (notably disabled, key populations, out-of-school, living in remote or urban poor areas, from ethnic minorities), critical groups for achieving SRHR. goals, are the main target of this call. As per WHO definition, adolescents refers to the 10-19 years age group.
The focus of the call is on strengthening public and community health systems to better respond to the needs of these groups, including planning and provision of sexuality education and SRHR information and services, and on enabling the environment for the sustainable financing and effective delivery of these services as well as for the protection of adolescents’ sexual and reproductive rights.
The global objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to countries reaching universal coverage for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of adolescents in Africa, especially adolescent girls and other vulnerable adolescents.
The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
to improve demand and access to comprehensive, integrated, affordable, quality, discrimination-free, age-appropriate SRHR information and services in (eligible) African countries, with a particular focus on reaching adolescent girls and vulnerable (out of school, poor, marginalized/discriminated, disabled, under-served) adolescents.
to strengthen public and community health systems to provide these information and services.
to promote an enabling legal, political and societal environment that allows adolescents, especially girls and vulnerable adolescents, to access the quality SRH (sexual and reproductive health) services they need, and protects their sexual and reproductive rights.
The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 30,500,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 48 months.
Size of grants
Any EU requested contribution under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
Minimum amount EUR 5,000,000
Maximum amount: EUR 10,000,000
The following costs are not eligible:
debts and debt service charges (interest);
provisions for losses or potential future liabilities;
costs declared by the beneficiary(ies) and financed by another action or work programme receiving a European Union (including through EDF) grant;
purchases of land or buildings, except where necessary for the direct implementation of the action, in which case ownership must be transferred in accordance with Article 7.5 of the general conditions of the standard grant contract, at the latest at the end of the action;
currency exchange losses;
credit to third parties;
salary costs of the personnel of national administrations. Salaries of personnel working for local authorities participating as co-applicants are eligible.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
be a legal person, and
be non-profit-making. Please note that for-profit organizations may also be eligible in exceptional and duly justified cases.
be a non-governmental organization, Please note that the Evaluation Committee will take into consideration the different legal forms of registration in the respective countries. Note that international organizations are not eligible. The applicant should attach a justification, and
be established in one of the eligible countries or territories, and
be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicants and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary, and
have at least 3 years of experience and demonstrated track record in health systems strengthening (public and/or community systems, beyond supporting service delivery) to advance adolescent SRHR with work experience at national, regional and community level; this should be clearly reflected and described in the full application, and
have established partnership with at least one local organization as co-applicant in each targeted country -civil society organization or local authority- (except if one is the country where the lead applicant is established); this should be demonstrated in the concept note through letters of support from the local co-applicants.
Consortiums of applicants (i.e. lead applicant and co-applicants) must include at least one applicant, either the lead applicant or a co-applicant, established in each of the countries proposed for the Action. Co-applicants may also bring global expertise on specific vulnerable groups of adolescents.
In addition to the type of organization (NGOs with legal personality), the following type of organization is also eligible as co-applicant:
Local authority” established in the eligible countries
Each co-applicant should:
have demonstrated experience in the priority areas selected for the proposed action; this experience should be clearly described in the full application;
have demonstrated collaboration experience with the Ministry of Health (at national and/or local level) in their respective country (this criteria applies for the co-applicants established in each of the countries proposed for the Action); this should be clearly described in the full application.
Co-applicants must sign the mandate form.
The lead applicant and its co-applicants may act with affiliated entity(ies).
Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicants:
Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association,…) as the proposed affiliated entities.
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