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.
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.
IRIS was founded in 2012 and from the mere beginning we had huge support from our partners in the European Union and in the CSF program.
Facts on IRIS
- Connects and builds capacities for more than 200 organizations from SEE region providing social services;
- 10 000 beneficiaries are provided necessary social and health services each day by our member organizations
- 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;
- More than 500 decision-makers and stakeholders from the civil and public sector attended our national events in 2014
- 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, iris-see.eu, is a platform for the exchange of knowledge between different organizations and people involved in the provision of social services throughout the region;
- Our annual events with SOLIDAR in European Parliament gather relevant regional and EU stakeholders and prominent members of EU Parliament;
- E-learning curriculum IRIS launched is a helpful tool for capacity building process for the IRIS network members and other interested organizations and professionals;
- IRIS trained more than 150 professionals in organizational management of CSOs through a training program “Efficient management – better services”;
- IRIS developed a handbook for trainers for “Organizational Management of CSOs providing social services”;
- In 2014 we supported 23 grass-root projects focused on improving social services on the local level: five in each of Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia, and three in Kosovo.
Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund is a non-political and non-denominational charity and relief organisation with 16 branches federal and 224 branches at regional level.
Center for Legal Aid and Regional Development
CLARD is a local NGO funded in 2007 as inheritor of the activities which the Spanish NGO MPDL-Movement for Peace has been implementing in Kosovo since 2002.
Organization for Civil Initiatives
Organization for Civil Initiatives – Organizacija za građanske inicijative OGI was founded in 1992 in Osijek.Until 1996. OGI acted as an informal group of citizens.
SOS Podgorica is Montenegrin NGO founded in 1997. and has 17 years of experience in gender related programs.
SOLIDAR is a European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.
ARSIS provides services and expertise to children victims or at risk of violence, abuse, mistreatment, trafficking, neglect, exploitation etc.
ASYD was founded in 2002 by a group consisting of students with disability, special educators and rehabilitators and also students without disabilities.
LIR Civil Society
LIR Civil Society is a non -profit, non-political and humanitarian organizations, qualified to work on various aspects of civil society, economic development and environmental protection.
Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the social and economic inclusion of less privileged categories of the population and the protection of their human rights. We work with vulnerable social groups that mostly live below the poverty line, and together with them, we try to fight for the highest possible level of social inclusion.