The latest suspensions of the right to asylum in multiple Member States in the framework of Covid-19 protection measures show once more that European asylum politics and practice move fast, especially in times of emergency. The design of EU asylum policies as well as their implementation and translation (or lack thereof) into national, bilateral, regional and local policies and practices have direct impact on the lives of people who seek international protection.
Whether in emergency conditions or in regular times, civil society organisations at all levels play a key role as watchdogs, protectors of the rule of law and promoters of alternative policy approaches, based on their experience on the ground.
Through this Call for Proposals, EPIM aims to support (transnational) partnerships of civil society organisations active at EU, national, bilateral, regional and/or local levels. The support is for their efforts to seize (urgent) opportunities to advise European asylum policies and practices. In light of existing and future EU asylum law, policies, frameworks and human rights standards, projects should aim to:
- promote feasible (evidence-based) alternatives; and/or
- put forward thought-provoking ideas, and/or
- react to policy proposals and practices to safeguard the right to asylum and prevent backtracking.
How to submit your application
This is a rolling Call for Proposals: eligible civil society organisations are invited to submit concept notes anytime for a maximum budget of 40,000 EUR and a maximum duration of 18 months. Concept notes must be submitted online at https://nef-europe.optimytool.com/en/ and will be reviewed every 3 months starting from 4 May 2020. Next submission deadline is 9 September 2020 (COB). You can find more information on how to apply in the following documents:
Please refer any questions you might have to EPIM Senior Programme Manager, Sophie Ngo-Diep at firstname.lastname@example.org.