New regional initiative of the IRIS Network – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management

At the beginning of the year IRIS Network commenced new initiative within the project “IRIS NETWORKING-CSO for protection sensitive migration management” that is focusing on quality of the social service and policy improvement for the migrants in 5 countries of South East Europe (Albania, BiH, FYRoM, Montenegro and Serbia). Main objective of the project is to empower CSOs to be effective and accountable independent actors and to improve their capacity to dialogue with governments influencing policy and decision-making processes.

The dynamic of the recent migration crisis exposed all challenges of the migration management systems, particularly visible in the lack of coherence of all stakeholders and in establishing inclusion mechanisms for those migrants who are residing for longer periods of time. Existing regional cooperation is seen only through security lenses of border management and police cooperation, with minimal inclusion of CSOs. Lessons learned in protection sensitive migration management are still to be communicated, considering uncertainty of existing and future migration issues. Therefore, CSOs will remain key players in the process of services provision and advocating more inclusive migration policies.

Project initiative will affect the situation on two levels: a) enhancing the impact of civil society by strengthening capacities of CSO service providers for actively engaging in protection sensitive migration management and b) supporting structured civic dialogue with governments at all levels promoting CSOs’ involvement in public decision-making and reform processes in order to improve service delivery for migrant populations.

In the next 40 months, Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) from Serbia as the lead applicant, will be implementing the project in partnership with the Open Gate (FYROM), SOS Podgorica (Montenegro), LIR CD (B&H), ISC ARSIS (Albania) and EU based organization ASB (Germany). Project is supported trough the European Commission Programme Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organizations.

IRIS Network is established in 2012 through the EU funded project within CSF Partnership Programme for Civil Society Organizations. In scope of this initiative, 200 CSOs network members will continue to facilitate and advance social services to vulnerable groups (people with disabilities, older persons, children and youth at risk, women victims of domestic violence and Roma), most of whom are migrants.

“Activate! Small Grants Facility Programme” awarded 20 CSO in FYRoM

“Activate! Small Grants Facility Programme” awarded 20 CSO in FYRoM

Out of 37 received project proposals, PREDA Plus in partnership with ASB awarded 20 grants under Small Grants Facility Programme “Activate!” to projects of civil society organizations (CSO) in FYRoM.
Implementation of all supported project started on 1 st February 2018 with the duration of eight to ten months. Each project focus is on important local issues and strives to strengthen civil society organizations role in creation of policies and programmes at the local level. Overall objective of the SGF is to achieve more dynamic civil society that actively participates in public debates with the capacity to influence policy and decision-making processes.
PREDA Plus and ASB congratulate all organizations who received grants, but also to thank all applicants who sent us their project proposals.
Small Grants Facility is implemented in the scope of the project “Improving the Macedonian CSO’s active participation in decision-making process through the empowerment of grass-root CSO’s” and supported by Delegation of European Union in FYRoM.

Small Grants Facility for Macedonian CSOs

Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development “PREDA Plus”, in cooperation with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) have great pleasure to announce Small Grants Programme for the civil society organizations operating in Macedonia. Innovative ideas, project proposals that will have a direct connection with improving the active involvement of CSOs in the decision-making process, by strengthening and supporting initiatives and projects of local CSOs will be supported within the programme.

Main goals of the Small Grants Programme are:
General objective: to have a more dynamic civil society that actively participates in public debates with the capacity to influence policy-making and decision-making processes.
Specific objective: to achieve greater commitment and capacity of CSOs in order to provide them with the right to vote and the possibility of influencing the processes of public sector reform through analysis, monitoring and advocacy.

Re-granting scheme is organized in framework of the project “Improving the Macedonian CSO’s active participation in decision-making process through the empowerment of grass-root CSO’s”, supported by European Union. For more details on the Public Call, please follow the link http://www.activecsos.mk/index.php/mk/

Assessing social progress in the Western Balkans 2016

Assessing social progress in the Western Balkans 2016

This country report provides policy recommendations on how to strengthen social inclusion and protection of minorities in the Western Balkan region and how to enable the environment for CSOs to provide social services. It focuses on recent developments that have taken place since  January 2016.

This country report is based on inputs provided by members of the IRIS Network, a regional network that brings together CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans: Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia . The inputs provided by partners in the Western Balkans are focused on the following sections:
1. Social inclusion, human rights and protection of minorities;
2. The situation of civil society organizations as service providers.

The IRIS network has been founded in the in the framework of the EU-funded project “Improving the provision of Social Service Delivery in South Eastern Europe through the empowerment of national and regional CSOs”, implemented by the consortium of LIR CD BiH, OGI Croatia, EDC Serbia, SOS TELEPHONE Montenegro, CLARD Kosovo, ARSIS Albania, ASYD FYROM, and SOLIDAR – led by ASB Germany.

Framework Partnership Agreements Closing Event in Skopje

IRIS Network members: ASB, Solidar, LIRCD, ASYD and EDC,  participated in Framework Partnership Agreements (FPAs) Closing Event on 10 -11 November 2016 in Skopje. The aim of the event is to discuss issue concerning general development of the civil society in the Western Balkans and Turkey and to generate concrete self-reflective recommendations for further improvements concerning civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks, but focusing on needed internal changes – values, strategic approaches, relevance, constituencies, public image and other issues.

During the Event, IRIS Network presented achievements regarding social service provider capacity building and policy influencing in 7 countries in SEE.  The participants discussed the current issues concerning the civil society in the region and identified other pending issues in the thematic areas of: environment, governance, and social development.

The conference was attended by representatives of the FPA projects, relevant key representatives from public institutions and CSOs from the Western Balkans and Turkey as well as representatives from EU institutions.

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