Call for Advocacy projects - promoting the rights of Religious Minorities in MENA

Deadline : 13/02/2022

Credit : Minority Rights Group


Arabic version


Across the Middle East and North Africa region, minorities have suffered longstanding discrimination at the structural and individual levels. In many parts of the region, human rights violations have been committed – often with impunity – against minority communities who also experience political, social, and economic exclusion. This dreadful situation has been further exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Budget available: Up to 5,000 Euros.

  • Timeframe: Projects must be implemented between February and August 2022. The project duration is maximum 6 months.

  • Geographic scope: Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

Types of project ideas :

Projects should aim to improve the protection of religious minorities through supporting their social, economic, and/or political rights and improving accountability for violations against religious minorities, including discrimination in accessing equal rights, hate speech, and violent attacks. The project’s ideas can cover one or more of the following areas:

  • National level campaigns to change law, policy, or practice which directly or indirectly discriminate against religious minorities and address its consequences on affected populations.

  • The development of innovative toolkits to be used to advocate for the political, social, and/or economic rights of religious minorities.

  • Research that focuses on a policy, followed by advocacy to advance the implementation of recommended policies change in the research.

  • Improve accountability through documentation and litigation.

  • Empower marginalized groups through engaging the wider public in campaigns and awareness-raising activities.


Criteria for applicants :

  • Applicants must be non-governmental or community-based organizations working on related issues.

  • Have an established track record of similar work in one or more of the project countries.

  • Have the ability to receive funding, either through their own organization or an agreed-upon alternative arrangement that aligns with the approved protocol.

  • Be registered as legal entities or be part of a registered entity/network in the respective country where they operate. There may be some exceptions permitted if a suitable arrangement can be organized.

  • Be committed to involving all ethnic and/or religious communities in your broader activities.


Selection criteria :

  1. Relevant to the human rights situation of religious minorities in the country.

  2. Clear project objectives with concrete outcomes & outputs.

  3. Clearly justified budget that represents value for money.

  4. Clearly identified target beneficiaries and plan to reach those beneficiaries and advocacy targets effectively.

  5. Projects that address gender issues, pay attention to multiple forms of discrimination, and include vulnerable groups in project implementation and/or organizational structure.

  6. Projects that encourage effective collaboration with other CSOs.


Submission process :

Please download, complete, and email the relevant forms below to mrgmena@minorityrights.org.


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