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10.000 beneficiaries

Our member organizationsare provided necessary social and health services each day.

23 grass root projects

We supported projects focused on improving social services on the local level.

Annual Events

More than 500 decision makers and stakeholders from civil and public sector attended our national events in 2014.

Networking – IRIS network partners

IRIS network gathers partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia and it was established between seven partners: ASB, EDC, LIR, CLARD, SOLIDAR, SOS PG and OGI. These partners were selected based on the previous experience in the joint implementation of different socio-economic projects or based on common values and priorities related to the development of CSOs at the national and regional level.

Beside the partnership between the above-mentioned organizations, each partner has organized the network of at least 20 national CSOs that provide social service in different sector: elderly care, care for persons with disabilities, gender based and domestic violence, support to children and youth at risk and migrants.


  • Connecting different social services providers from the SEE region
  • Promoting the role of non-profit social service providers;
  • Providing to its members the most relevant information in the field of social inclusion, provision of social services, etc..;
  • Offering to its members educational materials, specialized trainings, study tours, access to grants, exchange of knowledge;
  • Providing to our members quality business and development support through training and services of specialized associates;
  • Lobbying for better solutions among stakeholders from the public and private sectors in the EU and SEE region;
  • Organizing meetings, conferences, lectures and other public events.

Iris Network – WHO ARE WE?

IRIS nework is the only regional network that brings together CSOs social service providers in South East Europe.

IRIS has five national secretariats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia and two in formation in FYROM and Albania by the end of 2014.

Our annual events with SOLIDAR in European Parliament gather relevant regional and EU stakeholders and prominent members of EU Parliament.

  • 140 member organizations

    IRIS connects currently 140 member organizations that provide different types of social services to different vulnerable groups: people with disability, children and youth at risk, women victims of family violence, refugees, asylum seekers etc…

  • Non-profit social service

    IRIS aims to strengthen the role of not-for-profit social service providers throughout SEE and to ensure that these organizations are recognized as equal partners by the public sector.

  • European Union and the CSF program

    IRIS was founded in 2012 and from the mere beginning we had a huge support from our partners in the European Union and in the CSF program.

Contact Us

Iris Network connects and builds capacities  for more than 150 organizations from SEE region providing social services.

We encourage a consensus among decision-makers, experts and civil society on the needs of effective coordination and use of available local resources and future EU funds earmarked for social inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Our online platform is a platform for exchange of knowledge between different organizations and people involved in the provision of social services throughout the region.

What others say about us

CSO “Hope”

“Partnership with Iris network meant a lot to our team because we had great, useful and professional training that has helped our organization on personal and professional level. With the knowledge we gained, we improved and built our organizational capacities.Creation of the professional date base for social services delivery, we believe that it will contribute to better coordination between different stakeholders, and also to better awareness of national and local government and citizens when it comes to social services provision”

CSO “Hope”
CSO Ruhama, Zenica

“We believe IRIS network is of great importance to our organization, and that we can, by working together, develop and improve democratic social services programs and social entrepreneurship in the society. Our opinion is that IRIS can do a lot for improvement of quality of life of beneficiaries of social services, in our case for elderly and ill patients. Based on our previous cooperation and numerous educative activities we are together creating a better environment in, even better provision of quality services”

CSO Ruhama, Zenica
CSO QESh, Prishtina

“IRIS network grant has helped our project Diversity Week: “Creating Space For All” to raise awareness among general population in Kosovo regarding LGBT rights and also to empower the LGBT community through: Film screening, Exhibition, Panel discussions, LGBT Monologues, Workshops, Queer Party and Healing Activities. The fund has helped QESh to organize more activities that were foreseen and also make Diversity Week a larger event that attracted a larger public mass. Through this project QESh was able to increase the visibility of the LGBT community to the general public in a special focus on youth; to provide support and opportunities for the LGBT community to express themselves and to be recognizedas a diverse human being; and also strengthening the network of the LGBT organizations on the region, by participating in Diversity Week”.

CSO QESh, Prishtina

“The importance of the IRIS BiH National Network:

• Stronger CSOs impact in terms of arranging faster achievement of vision and mission and program goals of individual associations and advocacy for sustainability of service;

• Stronger association’s influence on decision making process and creation of public policies and the participation of CSOs in the creation of the public policies of the interest to BiH citizens;

• Improvement of the capacity of social services providers and the exchange of knowledge, experience and good practice;

• Rational use of existing resources of CSOs for the achievement of common goals;

• Joint advocacy and lobbying, common occurrence, developing common project initiatives, joint fundraising activities

• To follow up quality system control of the members of the network in project implementation;

• The BiH National Network is the first of this kind in BiH.”