Professional Staff Training Programme in Greece – Call for Applicants

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”,  IRIS Network is organizing  a  Professional  Staff  Training  Programme  open  to  staff  members  of CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans, members of the Network.

The programme offers to two selected candidates the opportunity to spend 4 weeks in the premises of ASB Greece in Thessaloniki and learning about volunteer led solutions to fight social exclusion and empower the most vulnerable groups (young people, people with disabilities, migrants). The programme will start in November 2016.

International humanitarian organization ASB started its operations in Greece in 2016. as a response to increasing refugee crisis. The Country Office Greece was officially opened in June and since then ASB is providing aid and necessary support to migrants/refugees through the projects supported by the EU and German Federal Foreign Ministry.

For more information and instructions for applying for the Professional Staff Training Programme please download Call for Applicants.

Roundtable Debate in Brussels – Challenges & Opportunities for Social Services’ Providers in WB

Yesterday’s Roundtable Debate “CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans: Challenges & opportunities”, which took place in Brussels in organization of the IRIS Network in cooperation with SOLIDAR, brought together policy makers and social services’ providers from relevant CSOs from the Balkan region.

The Round Table was attended by  Regional and Country Directors of ASB-SEE, Elmir Bojadzic and Gordan Velev (Country Office Serbia), Coordinator of the Project “Improving the provision of Social Service Delivery in South Eastern Europe through the empowerment of national and regional CSOs”, Masa Mitrovic and representatives of IRIS Network partner organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Within meaningful discussion, participants expressed their views toward existing social challenges in WB including the consequences of slowed EU Enlargement process and ongoing migrant crisis. They also had the opportunity to present innovative and sustainable solutions in the field of services provision for the most vulnerable groups, with a special focus on youth, Roma and PwD. Within this part of debate, three innovative national case studies, developed through the Project of IRIS Network, were presented.

The presentation of ARSIS, IRIS Network partner in Albania could be seen here.

The presentation of IRIS Network in B&H could be found here.

The presentation of Otaharin, IRIS partner in B&H is available here.

The presentation of SMILE, IRIS partner in Serbia could be seen here.

Regional Network meeting

Regional Network meeting

The Regional Network meeting took place on 9th and 10th of December 2013, in Belgrade , at Palace of Serbia. The thematic topic of this meeting was “Promoting Active Inclusion and Social Cohesion in the Western Balkans and Building of network of CSO providers of social services” . The event was organized by the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), the Social Inclusion and Poverty Unit Serbia, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and SOLIDAR, Belgium.

The event was attended by representatives from the Civil and Governmental sectors from South Eastern Europe and the EU next to the presentation of the findings of the Baseline Study encompassed panel discussions with relevant stakeholders on Active Inclusion and Social Cohesion in South Eastern Europe.

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