Project Title Strengthening capacities and policy engagement of community service providers – IRIS PROGRESS

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Project Title Strengthening capacities and policy engagement of community service providers – IRIS PROGRESS

by | Oct 28, 2023


Duration: February 2023 – January 2026
Donor: European Union – Civil Society Facility Partnership Programme for Civil Society Organizations (SCF)

Project partners: Initiative for Development and Cooperation (Serbia), Arbeiter – Samariter – Bund Deutschland (Germany),
Center for Labour Rights (Albania), LIR CD (BiH), Community Development Institute (North Macedonia), Alfa Center (Montenegro)
Project value: 822,770 EUR
Goals: Overall objective is to achieve participatory democracies in EU approximation process of WB countries by advancing regional cooperation and good neighborly relations.


Target groups/stakeholders:

1) more than 220 CSOs service providers/human right defenders in WB

2) at least 18 Ministries in charge for social welfare policies, protection of human

rights and European integration;

3) up to 10 000 marginalized population (Roma, women victims of violence, persons with disability, migrants/refugees, youth at risk, LGBTQ);

4) at least 120 government institutions: Centers for social welfare, National Employment Services, Ombudspersons, Social councils etc.

5) at least 60 Local self-government (LSG) units;

6) EU Institutions and stakeholders involved in the processes

approximation,

7) 12 students from 6 Faculties of social sciences in WB,

8) 1 million of general population,

9) Media.

Main activities

Cluster 1. Empowerment of IRIS network
1.1. Introducing gender mainstreaming methods and tools into IRIS project and programme practices, 1.2. Regional and national network meetings, 1.3. Granting Facility – developing community based services, 1.4. Mentoring for licensing and increasing quality standards, 1.5. Regional Academies, 1.6. Traineeship programme in local CSOs.


Cluster 2. Policy influencing and awareness rising
2.1. Social progress – regional benchmark study, 2.2. Civic promotional dialogue “Towards increased inclusion”, 2.3. Shadow reporting, 2.4. Regional conference „Social dimension of WB EU approximation”, 2.5. Balkan caravan / best HR and social inclusion practices promotion, 2.6. Awareness raising campaigns.

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