Second Regional Social Academy of IRIS Network

Second Regional Social Academy “Social Enterprises – An Innovative Model for sustainable service delivery and integration of marginalized groups in the labour market and society” was held from 27 – 30 May 2019. in Tirana. Under the framework of IRIS Networking CSOs for protection sensitive migration management, project is funded by European Commission and implemented through joined forces of 6 NGOs from 5WB countries: IDC Serbia, ASB South East Europe, SOS Podgorica, LIR Civil Society from B&H, ARSIS Albania and La Strada North Macedonia

Summary of our 4 day journey you can see in video below

Call for Applications for Western Balkans Policy Analysis Laboratory School in Montenegro

The project IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management is announcing Call for Peer Reviewers who will participate in the Western Balkans Policy Analysis Laboratory (PAL) School organized by The Future of the Welfare State in the Western Balkans Network on welfare issues, which will take place in Montenegro (Budva, Bečići) from 21 to 25 October 2019. Center for Social Policy (Belgrade, Serbia), member of the Western Balkans Network, is in charge of organizing PAL School.

One of the project activities is Peer Review Instrument within which Peer Review Reports will be prepared. The aim of the instrument is to enhance regional know-how exchange between CSOs dealing with provision of social services to vulnerable groups, including migrants, and to support focused peer-to-peer exchange. The Peer Review Reports will lead to innovative recommendations on how to combine existing practices. The mechanism is to strengthen CSOs IRIS Network members in building monitoring capacities for social service provision.

The PAL School is aimed at mid-level career professionals working in the social sectors either as policy and decision makers, service providers (from the state, NGO and private sectors), administrators, activists, advocates, think tank analysts, researchers, lecturers or service users from across the Western Balkan countries. The official language of the Policy Analysis Laboratory is English.

The deadline for applications is 30 August 2019 at 17 p.m. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

If you are interested to participate in the event and are will to prepare the Peer Review Report, please send the following documents/information in English, to email: iris@iris-see.eu

  1. A short CV in Europass format
  • 1 page cover / motivation letter clearly stating your motivation and objectives/learning outcome from attending PAL and what you expect to achieve through attending; in the cover letter the applicant should indicate in which of the three topics covered within the PAL School he/she is most interested in. Rank your first and second choices of PAL streams (we cannot guarantee that everyone will be placed in their first-choice stream)
  • Recommendation Letter from your current employer – IRIS Network member

The PAL School starts on October 21, 2019 in the afternoon, after the arrival of the participants and ends on October 25, 2019.

Based on criteria indicated in the Call and submitted applications, in total seven (7) participants will be selected.

More information about PAL School and application you can find HERE.

Agenda of the Policy Analysis Laboratory School you can find HERE.

Granting support for 25 local advocacy initiatives in SEE

Out of 32 received project proposals, IRIS Network awarded 25 grants under Support to projects of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) – social service providers in SEE in scope of the project „IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management“. IRIS network Project Evaluation Committee decided to support total of 25 projects in 5 project countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. 

Implementation of all supported project starts on 15th July 2019 with the duration of eight to twelve months. Each project deals with important social issues and strives to strengthen civil society organizations role in  the creation of social policies and social protection programmes. Overall objective of the SGF is to build capacities of the grass-root organizations for service provision and  advocacy at the local and/or national level, as well as to have outreach in the communities for the purpose of building a more resilient and inclusive society, bringing positive change in the community. 

The specific objectives are:

a) to achieve greater commitment of CSO networks to give citizens a voice and influence public sector reform processes through analysis, monitoring and advocacy, contributing to the better assistance/integration of the migrant population at the local level;

b) to strengthen the CSOs capacities for the protection sensitive migration management in order to improve overall service delivery.

The projects assessment criteria included: organisational performance; comprehensiveness of information including relevance of the proposal to objectives of the fund, objectives of the project and addressing identified need; capacity of identified activities to achieve defined objectives; the relationship between the proposed actions and the financial plan; the intended impact of the project and future sustainability.

Iris network would like to congratulate all of its member organizations who received grants, but also to thank all applicants who sent us their project proposals. Final list of all organizations who received grants can be found in the following table.

Social enterprising on Second Regional Social Academy

Second Regional Social Academy “Social Enterprises – An Innovative Model for sustainable service delivery and integration of marginalized groups in the labour market and society” was held from 27 – 30 May 2019. in Tirana. Under the framework of IRIS Networking CSOs for protection sensitive migration management, project is funded by European Commission and implemented through joined forces of 6 NGOs from 5WB countries: IDC Serbia, ASB South East Europe, SOS Podgorica, LIR Civil Society from B&H, ARSIS Albania and La Strada North Macedonia

Over 30 participants, IRIS network members, distinctive mid-career public servants, scholars, activists and professionals from civil society organizations from the region, who were selected to participate on Academy, had a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, introduction of legal framework and practical models of social enterprises in the region, exploring innovative entrepreneurship activities for the development of the region through higher inclusion of migrants, Roma, women, youth and PwD and other marginalized groups into labour market, and social services delivery.

Participants attended 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits.



At the beginning of this four-day journey, Jelena Adjelkovic, project Manager in IDC Serbia and Masa Mitrovic, Project Manager from ASB South East Europe, presented Iris Network activities to all members and introduced participants to Social Academy agenda.

On first training day, Anto Janković form Center for Economic Prosperity and Freedom in Montenegro and Juliana Hoxha from Partners Albania for Change and Development introduced participants with main Academy topics:

What is Social Enterprise?
Concepts and Schools of Thought
Different models of Social Enterprises – From Service Delivery to Sustainable Social Enterprises

Leaded by Anto & Juliana, through presentations and tactical workshops, participants learned how to start with social business and how to place it on the market.

On second training day, Anto joined forces with Marko Moracic from HUBChe Belgrade and Erila Haska representing Partners Albania for Change and Development.

Marko provided to participants first-hand experience when it comes to how social enterprises can recognize opportunities in the community and the market. He also gave some inputs how to determinate customer and target groups, ways of finding sources for funding social enterprises and how to measure the social impact!

Start thinking big, if you think small, everything will be small and unreachable. Change always comes from inside, said Marko

Afternoon on second training day was reserved for business model canvas and how to use it for social enterprise design. Participant had hard mission this afternoon, to create business plan for developing their own social brand. Results were outstanding thanks to mentoring support of our trainer’s trio.

Iris Network

Peak of the Academy was third day who was reserved for filed visit and introducing with successful examples of social enterprising in Tirana.

First visit was to YAPS, Youth Albania Professional Services, which is the first social business in Tirana. The company works in the fields of parcel delivery, cleaning and fix-it services. It was founded in 2001 and currently employs 112 people. The employees are orphans, Roma, Egyptians or people coming from a difficult financial background. Before they start to work for the company, they receive training by YAPS.

After some start-up financing they are now a commercially run company. The director, Arben Shamija, explained that with their surplus YAPS has financed a kindergarten for the city and some other social projects. One of the secrets of his success is making the employees as responsible for their own work as possible.

Although this enterprise had great success in short time, they are all still struggling with funding, legislation and bureaucracy, Even they fully employ marginal groups and persons with disabilities, they have no benefits what so ever, paying full taxes and have no such as support from the Government.

Next stop on our field visit was Qendra Xhonatan / Jonathan Center, a nonprofit organization, with the purpose of helping children with Down’s syndrome, autism and children with similar special needs, and at the same time to increase the awareness of their families to achieve the best for their life. As they say, intention is to bring a change in the spiritual approach and the possibility that Albanian society can accept and create an environment where the children with special needs can be integrated and achieve the best in life.

Work therapy, music therapy, psycho-social workshops and many other things, help these children not only to survive and have a life, jet to have fun and happy life and integrate in society.

As a part of the center, in coffee shop Qendra, children with special needs are serving coffee, organizing events, karaoke, shows, theater…

Johnatan Centre is fully funded from the coffee shop profit and donations.

On last Academy day, Nikica Kusinikova and Eric Layton from European Network of Social Integration Enterprises – ENSIE talked about Legal Framework & Practices of Social Enterprises around the Region and Europe

Klotilda Kosta, from Partners Albania for Change and Development, closed the Second Regional Social Academy of Iris Network with workshop and presentations on policy recommendation on Social Enterprises development

All 30 participants successfully finished this adventure! On closing ceremony, they obtained certificates, and entered Academy Alumni.

Also, participation and great results that participant achieved on this Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS network.

Now, upon finishing this adventure, some of participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for traineeship in the relevant organization social service provider located in EU.

Until next Iris Regional Social Academy…

Extended deadline for application for Small Grants Scheme

The deadline for application for Small Grants Scheme for Iris Network members is extended until May 31st.

All information and document for application you can find HERE

Small Grant Scheme  is open only to IRIS national networks member organizations from 5 countries, especially grass roots, those who show initiative in implementing quality standards in their work, have active approach to policy making and advocacy during project implementation. Priority will be given to joint initiatives between two or more IRIS member organizations.

Corrigendum

Regional Social Academy of Iris Network – socialize and learn

A few days left until Second Iris Network Regional Social Academy. Applications are collected and news is expanded that in the end of May in Tirana will be held one of the biggest regional event that brings together civil society organizations and experts in these areas. The cities have already been filled up, the plan has been made and the materials are ready. Intrusive lectures and field visits will enable students and academia to gain knowledge and experience both theoretically and practical experience.
The Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, Introduction of legal framework and practical models of social enterprises in the region, exploring innovative entrepreneurship activities for the development of the region through higher inclusion of migrants, Roma, women, youth and PwD and other marginalised groups into labour market, and social services delivery.

Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network. After the Academy, participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for traineeship in the relevant organization social service provider located in EU.

How it all looked like and how the first academy was important for our participants, you can see in the videos below.

Training on First Regional Social Academy of Iris Network, Belgrade 2018
Field visits, Elementary School “Branko Pesic” and Asylum Camp Krnjaca,
First Regional Social Academy of Iris Network, Belgrade 2018

Second Regional Social Academy, which will be held in Tirana, Albania from 27th to 30th May 2019. organised by Arbeiter Samariter Bund South East Europe together with Iris Network national partner – The Initiative for Social Change ARSIS

Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS programme activities, organized annually in each of the WB state.

Pictures and impressions from First Regional Social Academy you can see here.

See you soon, stay tuned!

For application and additional questions contact iris@iris-see.eu.

GRANTING OPPORTUNITY WITHIN IRIS SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

IRIS Network has a great pleasure to announce the continuation of its Small Grants Scheme (SGS), which will provide financial support to the member organizations in: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Small Grant Scheme  is open only to IRIS national networks member organizations from 5 countries, especially grass roots, those who show initiative in implementing quality standards in their work, have active approach to policy making and advocacy during project implementation. Priority will be given to joint initiatives between two or more IRIS member organizations.

 The overall objective of the SGS is to build capacities of the grass-root organizations for service provision and  advocacy at the local and/or national level, as well as to have outreach in the communities for the purpose of building a more resilient and inclusive society, bringing positive change in the community.

For the first time applicants have opportunity to apply in their own local language within the simplified procedure.

If you have a project which may fulfill the requirements of  Small grants program, please send your proposals to:  iris@iris-see.eu no later than 17/05/2019 at 17.00, with email subject stating “Call for proposal for the Small Grants Scheme – IRIS Networking”.

For more information please follow documents attached below.

English
Serbia
Macedonia
Montenegro
Bosnia I Herzegovina
Albania

Corrigendum

Regional Social Academy of Iris Network – Call for Applicants

After first successful Regional Social Academy of Iris Network, held in Belgrade in November 2018, IRIS (Network of CSOs providers of social services) and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held in Tirana, Albania from 27th to 30th May 2019.

The Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, Introduction of legal framework and practical models of social enterprises in the region, exploring innovative entrepreneurship activities for the development of the region through higher inclusion of migrants, Roma, women, youth and PwD and other marginalised groups into labour market, and social services delivery. Participants will attend 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits.  The Academy program will enable further improvements and optimization to the needs, interests and constraints of the target groups and their institutional and organizational environments.

In addition to this, participants will have a chance to propose topic of their interest that will be elaborated and enlisted in agenda of the Academy programme.

All information and application procedure you can find HERE

Deadline for application is 26th April 2019 at 17 p.m.

Final participant list will be announced on the IRIS Network web site no later than 20 days upon the closing of the Call for Applicants.

 

Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Upon the training each of the participants will be obliged to deliver informative session/workshop to their communities/organisations/institutions and report it to the ASB representatives. This activity must be completed in framework of 3 months upon the completion of the education.

Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network. After the Academy, participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for traineeship in the relevant organization social service provider located in EU.

Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS programme activities, organized annually in each of the WB state.

Pictures and impressions from First Regional Social Academy you can see here.

For application and additional questions contact iris@iris-see.eu.

 

EU Traineeship Programme in Arci Comitato Territoriale di Lecce– Italy

Call for Applications for members of IRIS Network

Deadline for applications is April 5th.

In the framework of the EU-funded project IRIS NETWORKing CSOs for protection sensitive
migration management
, implemented by Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) in cooperation with
partners ASB South East Europe, LIR CD BiH, La Strada Republic of North Macedonia, Initiative for
Social Change ARSIS Albania and SOS Telephone Montenegro. IDC is organizing an EU Traineeship
Programme open to staff members of CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans, that are
part of the IRIS Network.
The programme offers to two selected candidates an opportunity to spend up to 4 weeks in the
premises of
Arci Comitato Territoriale di Lecce, Italy, and gain in-sight into the methodology, best
practices, quality standards for the services, referral pathways, EU legal framework within the social
protection system and other relevant issues related to the provision of social protection and services
in working with vulnerable groups, including migrants. The Traineeship program should provide
great support to development of internal human resources of the CSOs involved as well as support
for the licensing process. Thus, increase quality of social and legal services provided by CSOs through
capacity building activities. It will also provide them a unique opportunity to meet their peers from
the EU, to learn about their everyday work and to adopt and transfer innovative practices from the
EU.
Note: Term migrant is used in a wider sense and includes different categories such as, refugees,
IDPs, displaced persons, returnees under readmission agreement, asylum seekers, person likely in
need of international protection, victim of trafficking.


The traineeship in Arci Comitato Territoriale di Lecce will begin in the
week 22 – 26 April 2019.


About Arci Comitato Territoriale di Lecce (Arci Lecce)


Arci, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1957 for the construction of a democratic, supportive
and pluralistic society, founded on collaboration and participation of citizens. Today, it operates
through Cultural Associations and Clubs through Italy and has over 1 million members. Arci Lecce
has about 30 active clubs and cultural associations, about 8.000 members and associations in the
province of Lecce.
Arci Lecce has been working for years in the field of culture and social policies, in the area of
deviance, vulnerability, legality and social inclusion and cohesion especially with refugees and
migrants.
Arci Lecce promotes better living conditions for young people, minors, migrants, citizens and families
in conditions of economic and social disadvantage, good practices in schools for the legality
education, equal rights and gender equality, reception settlement and integration of refugees and
migrants. Furthermore, Arci Lecce promotes within local community to respect disability and
diversity in all its forms. It also managed projects related to refugee reception and organizes largescale cultural events.
Arci Lecce implements numerous projects dealing with social inclusion of asylum seekers and
refugees, such as
The Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, manages reception of
applicants in need of international protection
and AMIF project dealing with unaccompanied foreign
minors.
Furthermore, Arci Lecce manages Soffio Verde project dealing with active engagement of
asylum seekers and refugees and citizens in local communities
, A Tavola Con Noi project engaged in
cultural understanding in local communities, i.e. communication between refuges and asylum seeker
and citizens from local communities and many other.
The focus of the EU Traineeship Programme in Arci Lecce will around Sabir Festival and all the
workshop and activities for participants and asylum seekers hosted in the region, which will take
place between 16 – 19 May 2019.


For more information please visit
www.arci.it and www.arci.le.it and download the Arci-Lecce brochure here.

 

What does the traineeship offer?
EU knowledge – insight into the work of EU civil society organization working with
vulnerable groups, including migrants
Practical experience – an opportunity to play a part in the Arci Lecce’s day-to-day
operations on programmes
Opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice in your local community.
Covered travel, accommodation, health security and daily allowance during the whole
duration of the traineeship


What do we and Arci Lecce expect from you?
Willingness to learn about Arci Lecce and their programmes
Need to increase professional capacity in the area of migrant management and provision of
social services to vulnerable groups, including migrants, and transfer know how to your
organization
Prepare a presentation describing the context in your country related to migrant
management and provision of social services and work of your organization, including
services provided to migrants during traineeship in Arci Lecce with the purpose of getting to
know each other better and understanding the environment in which your organization
works in
Contribution to everyday work with fresh insights
A proactive attitude


Education, key skills and competences of applicants
University degree in social science – Law, Psychology, Sociology, etc.
Good command of Italian is preferred but fluent English is also acceptable
A minimum of 1 year of active involvement and proven experience in CSOs and the area of
migration and provision of social services
Proven familiarity with social and migration policies
Possibility to transfer gained knowledge and experience into policies and everyday work of
your CSO.


Please note that this call is exclusively open for members (staff members and/or volunteers) of CSOs
providing social services in the Western Balkans that are part of the IRIS Network.

How to apply

If you are interested in participating in the EU Traineeship Programme, please send:
your CV in Europass format
1 page cover letter that clearly states your motivation and your objectives/learning
outcomes from this experience
Recommendation Letter from your current employer – IRIS Network member
to Jelena Leskovac at
iris@iris-see.eu by 5 April 2019


Assessment of applications
The assessment of applications (in order to be placed on the shortlist) will be based on the
application submitted by the candidate. Please clearly indicate in the motivation letter of your
application:
How the traineeship will impact your professional capacities and your organization’s
How you met the education, key skill and competences indicated above

Terms and conditions
The following costs will be covered:
Travel costs (including costs for VISA permit, if required)
Accommodation costs
Health insurance


In addition according to available funds, the selected candidate will receive a modest daily allowance
to cover subsistence costs (i.e. food and local public transports).
The traineeship in Arci Lecce for both candidates will be at the same period. The duration of the
traineeship may vary (3-4 weeks) depending on the travel and accommodation cost

Extended deadline for call for mentoring program for IRIS Network member organisations

Deadline for call for mentoring program  “Assisting CSOs in acquirement of licences for provision of social services (fulfilment of quality standards) and Mentoring in overall strategic development of the CSO in question” is extended until 29.03.2019. More information about program and application HERE

Mentoring program is open only to IRIS national networks member organisations from 5 countries: Albania, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially those who show initiative in active approach in implementing quality standards in their work.