European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

Any donor
European Union
Geographical focus: 
East Asia and the Pacific
South Asia
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Gender in Tourism
Human Rights in Tourism
Social inclusion and Poverty reduction in Tourism
Intro text: 
The EIDHR is designed to help civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defense of human rights. The EIDHR is administered by the European Commission, DG International Cooperation and Development.

Official website

Geographic focus


Who can apply?

Civil society organisations; public- and private-sector non-profit organisations; national, regional and international parliamentary bodies, when the proposed measure cannot be financed under a related Community external assistance instrument; international and regional inter-governmental organisations; natural persons, when their help is necessary.

Objectives and activities

Objective: The EIDHR is able to focus on sensitive political issues and innovative approaches and to cooperate directly with local civil society organisations which need to preserve independence from public authorities, providing for great flexibility and increased capacity to respond to changing circumstances.


  • The EIDHR instrument can grant aid where no established development cooperation exists, and can intervene without the agreement of the governments of third countries.
  • It can support groups or individuals within civil society defending democracy as well as intergovernmental organizations that implement the international mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
  • Between 2007-2010 around 20% of EIDHR projects promoted and protected women and girls' rights across the world either as a specific or as a secondary priority (in total around 240 projects, circa 40 million euros).

Type and level of funding

EIDHR budget is € €1,3 bn for the 2014-2020 period. Funding is provided in the form of grants.