Call for Application – Regional Social Academy “Agile Organisational and Project Management”
After two successful Regional Social Academy of IRIS Network, held in Belgrade and Tirana we are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held online from 26th to 28th October 2020.
The Academy offers participants further support in organizational development – changing the paradigm: moving from a traditional organization working as a “machine” to the new organisation working as “organism”. This year Academy will focus on new knowledge and skills of CSOs management and senior staff in agile organizational and project management – impact strategy design and management, agile project management, budgeting, agile leadership, and team management, leading the agile organisation, impact measurement, and management methodologies and practices.
Participants will attend 3-day tailor-made training consisted of online lectures and workshops. 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.
The deadline for the application is 14th October 2020 at 17 p.m.
The final participant list will be announced on the IRIS Network website (www.iris-see.eu) no later than on 16th October.
Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Upon the training, each of the participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Follow-up check-point session which will be held on the 9th of November 2020, online.
Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS program activities, organized annually.
Photos and impressions from First Regional Social Academy you can see here.
For additional questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRIS Network considers important to assess the situation, challenges and difficulties its members as well as others CSO’s that are facing in the provision of social services and their everyday work as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic.
We have responsibility towards its members as well as to other parties to have a detailed overview of their current situation and to provide this information to the EC, as the donor. This will be conducted through a questionnaire CSO’s can fill in on link below.
Therefore, the objective of the questionnaire is to assess the current situation and consequences caused by COVID 19 pandemic on the provision of social services to beneficiaries provided by IRIS Network members in their local communities. The results of the questionnaire will be used for developing a Report on Social Services in South East Europe under the COVID 19 pandemic and will include the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia. The Report will be used to assess the actual challenges that civil society organizations providers of social services face in working with beneficiaries and to map the assistance models.
The Report will also be used as an instrument in advocating for policies and measures of national/regional/ EU Institutions which focus on service providers during and after the crises.
Please provide detailed information in the questionnaire and include all information you consider relevant. Also, please include your projections and the assessment of the consequence caused by the crises that will affect your services and the whole social protection system.
For all interested CSO’s providing social services – you can fill in the questioner on the link below .
Please feel free to contact us through National Coordinators and / or Network Secretariat.
Stay well and healthy.
IDC, with the support of SOLIDAR, would kindly like to invite you to participate at the conference: JUST ENERGY TRANSITION IN SERBIA AND THE GREEN DEAL/AGENDA– Comparative Practices and Consequences, taking place on Thursday, December 16, 2021, starting at 10.00 a.m. via ZOOM platform.
Join us to discuss some of the burning questions: What does “Just Energy Transition” mean? How does it affect the labor market? Can we talk about environmental protection if there is no protection of social rights? Where is Serbia on this path and are we ready for changes in this field? How many jobs will be lost and how many new ones created? Is there a right approach to this topic including all stakeholders in Serbia?
Save the date and we will send you the agenda and the ZOOM link in due time.
IRIS Network invites participants to take part in IV REGIONAL SOCIAL ACADEMY “Independent living and deinstitutionalization in West Balkan. Are we there yet?”
Event will be held online from 20th to 22nd October 2021. In order to apply to the Academy, please follow the link.
The call is open until 14th October 2021.
Further information on the Academy can be found on the following link.
Working language of the academy is English, all participants must have a good command of the English language.
Under the ‘IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management’ project, we have developed one regional Balkan Briefings. Within the policy influencing pillar, this document serves to assess quality standards in migration management in the Western Balkan region.
The Balkan Briefings on the quality standards are providing a regional perspective on a) Process and requirements of service standardization; b) Adaptation of licensing system so that the conditions for CSOs are supporting; c) Services that are missing, and which are necessary to be supported; d) Support from local and national governments in achieving structural standards; e) Linking stakeholders from different sectors such as social welfare and education; f) Exchange of experiences with countries that already have a practice of licensing.
The briefings will involve a wide range of inputs aiming to introduce, advance, and monitor quality standards for social and legal services for the migrant population in WB.
Iris Network Public Hearing was held in Belgrade yesterday via the Zoom platform. IRIS Network National Coordinators, partner organizations, the Network’s members, representatives of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of EU Integration, the Ministry of Education, representatives of UNICEF, the IOM, and other international and civil society organizations followed the online event.
During the introductory session Shadow Report for Chapter 24 for Serbia, focusing on migration in particular, prepared within the Iris project was presented. It was followed by a discussion about the regional online IRIS Network advocacy campaign Social services for All. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the general public about the importance of social services provided by CSOs, which has been joined so far by a number of member organizations as well as relevant institutions.
LIR CD Partners (Iris Network B&H) presented a regional document on identifying needs for improving social services and migration management in the Western Balkans and shared their experiences from the recent Public Hearing on the presentation of the results of the analysis of deficiencies and improvement of social services and social services innovation for vulnerable groups.
After a short discussion and exchange of experiences, two Iris Network members from Serbia – JRS and Osmeh Vlasotince presented their work and the innovative activities they implemented throughout the pandemic and announced the upcoming projects.
Throughout the Public Hearing, a number of important issues have been raised. The Iris Network will continue to work on empowering the CSOs to be effective, accountable, and independent actors and to improve their capacity for dialogue with governments for the purpose of influencing policy and decision-making processes as well as on advocating for all the significant issues share among its members.
𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 #socialservicesforall 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻!
The campaign is focusing on the promotion of the needs of social services beneficiaries and migration-related policies in the WB countries.
With the campaign itself, we wish to highlight the importance of social services provided by the civil society organizations in the countries of the region and their impact on the beneficiaries coming from the most vulnerable categories.
Through specific examples of our partners’ activities, who have initiated significant changes in their communities and beyond, we are hoping to contribute to the advocacy efforts for more inclusive policies.
Under the scope of the Project “IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management,” the IRIS Network has continuously conducted activities pertaining to policy processes. Shadow Reports (Country Shadow Reports (CSR) and Regional Shadow Report (RSR) as well as the Gap Assessment have been produced and will serve as a baseline for the online advocacy campaign. Throughout the campaign, we will attempt to pass the key messages and findings onto a large number of stakeholders in the region.
Apart from the overarching IRIS network regional campaign, each partner organization – IDC Serbia and ASB South East Europe, SOS Podgorica (Montenegro), LIR CD (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Отворена Порта – Open Gate: La Strada Macedonia (North Macedonia) and Nisma për Ndryshim Shoqëror, ARSIS (Albania) will conduct their own national campaigns.
We are happy to announce the beginning of a challenging yet exciting journey where a joint voice of IRIS Network members and partners will have a chance to resonate in unison on a series of significant topics.
Stay tuned for what we have to share in the upcoming period through the IRIS Network social media channels, individual social media of our respective partners, and finally at the series of national Public Hearing events.