10.000 beneficiaries

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

60+ 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.

IRIS NETWORK NEWSLETTER APRIL, 2021 – THE FIRST IRIS NETWORK TRAINING OF TRAINERS

The first online Training of Trainers organized under the IRIS…

𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝗥𝗜𝗦 𝗻𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀

As part of the project "𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹…
April 3, 2021/by Admin

Sensus – first free counseling center in Mostar

Iris Network member Centar za psihološku podršku Sensus will…
March 18, 2021/by Sanja Vukelic

UG Osmeh – Iris Network small grant scheme

UG OSMEH is one of the 14 members of the Iris Network that are…
March 13, 2021/by Sanja Vukelic

Info session – “𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗦𝗢)”

An info session was held today within small grant scheme “𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴…
March 11, 2021/by Sanja Vukelic

Enhancing resilience for 14 local service providers in SEE

IRIS Network awarded 14 small grants under CfP “Enhancing…
March 5, 2021/by Sanja Vukelic

Alfa Centar Nikšić presents its work and membership in the IRIS Network

February 8, 2021/by Sanja Vukelic

Open Gate SOS line

Отворена Порта - Open Gate: La Strada Macedonia…
January 25, 2021/by Admin

Networking – IRIS network partners

IRIS Network is the only regional network in SEE which brings together national networks of civil society organizations – providers of social services from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Since 2012, more than 200 CSO members from the region provide a variety of social services for children, PwD, youth and women at risk and victims of violence, Roma, migrants, returnees upon the readmission agreement, migrants, asylum seekers, and other members of vulnerable groups.

The goal of the IRIS Network is to strengthen the role of CSOs – providers of social services and to ensure their recognition as equal partners by the public sector. The Network focuses on achieving greater commitment and capacity of CSOs to voice the needs of the beneficiaries and influence public sector reform processes through analysis, monitoring and advocacy.

WHAT WE DO?

  • 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.

  • 200 member organizations

    IRIS connects currently 200 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 200 organizations from SEE region providing social services.

We encourage a consensus among decision-makers, experts, and civil society on the needs for 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 the exchange of knowledge between different organizations and people involved in the provision of social services throughout the region.

What others say about us

“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”

“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”

“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”.

“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.”