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$5m in EU funds for 17 groups

Published: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017

The European Union Delegation to T&T has awarded 17 local and regional organisations grants totalling $5 million for projects in governance and human rights.

In making the announcement yesterday, head of the EU Delegation in Port-of-Spain Aad Biesebroek acknowledged the important role of civil society groups in shaping government policy, fostering peace and empowering citizens. He also used the occasion to call for proposals from civil society groups involved in business and environmental preservation who are seeking grant funding.

The 17 organisations have formed themselves into three groups and have three years to carry out the projects. One project is Strengthening Civil Society Engagement in a more Environmentally Sustainable, Socially Just, Inclusive, Accountable and Resilient Model of Development and Governance in T&T, to be implemented by United Way T&T, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Veni Apwann, the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Winad and the Network of NGO’s.

Another project, A Sexual Culture of Justice: Strengthening LGBTQI and GBV Partnerships, Capacity and Efficacy to Promote and Protest Rights in T&T, will be implemented by Caiso, Friends for Life, I am One, the Silver Lining Foundation, Womantra and the Women’s Caucus of T&T.

Cultural Rights to foster respect for Human Rights and Freedoms against Gender Based Violence and LGBTI discrimination—DECIDES T&T,will be implemented by the Interarts Foundation, Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (Cafra) and Aspire in St Lucia.

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Development, Beverly Khan thanked the EU for their generous contribution. She said Government is working on a new strategic plan for 2030 and public consultations are due to begin shortly.