The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) can take part in projects financed under the thematic chapter of the European Union’s Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI).
The instrument is fostering sustainable economic, social and environmental development as well as promoting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human right in developing countries.
The DCI (2014-20) is divided into three parts: a geographic envelope benefitting 46 countries around the global: South Asia, South East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and South Africa. It also contributes to the achievement of other EU external action goals, in particular fostering sustainable economic, social and environmental development as well as promoting democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights and promotion of Pan-African cooperation.
The DCI budget breakdown is: EUR 11.8 billion for the geographic programmes, EUR 7 billion for thematic programmes and EUR 845 million for the Pan African programme.
There are two categories of thematic programmes: ‘Global Public Good and Challenges’ and an envelope for Civil Society and Local Authorities.
The Global Public Goods and Challenges chapter addresses environmental issues and climate change, sustainable energy, human development, – including health, education, gender equality, employment skills, social protection and social inclusion – as well as economic development-related aspects such as growth, jobs, trade, private sector engagement, food security and migration and asylum.
Its precise budget breakdown is: environment and climate change EUR 2 million; sustainable energy, EUR 800 million; human development, EUR 1.26 million; food security and sustainable agriculture and fisheries, EUR 1.79 million and migration and asylum, EUR 450 million.
The Civil Society and Local Authorities envelope promotes an inclusive and empowered civil society and local authorities, increases awareness and mobilisation on development issues and strengthens the capacity for policy dialogue on development.
Entities eligible to apply for funding include partner countries and regions and their institutions and decentralised bodies in the partner countries: municipalities, provinces, departments and regions, joint bodies set up by partner countries and regions with the community, non state actors, international organisations and EU agencies.
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