Call for Application – Regional Social Academy “Agile Organisational and Project Management”

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.

All information and application procedure you can find here.

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 ( 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.

Photos and impressions from Second Regional Social Academy you can see here.

For additional questions contact

IRIS Network survey for CSO’s: Social services – Covid19 pandemic

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.

Call for Application – Regional Social Academy “Human rights based approach in social service provision”

IRIS Network is announcing call for applicants for regional social academy “Human rights based approach in social service provision ”, that will be held in Belgrade from 11th to 15th December 2023.

Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring human rights based approach (HRBA) in the region, linkages between HRBA and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting beneficiaries’ rights. Participants will attend 4-day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visit

All information and application procedure you can find here.


The deadline for the application is 30th November 2023 at 12.00 (noon)

The final participant list will be announced on the IRIS Network website ( no later than on 4th December.

Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni.

Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS program activities, organized annually.

For additional questions contact

Developing social services through granting opportunity

IRIS Network is announcing Call for Proposals: “Developing of community based services” which will provide financial support to the member organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia

The Call will support 12 IRIS members in capacity-building actions for the purpose of enabling organisations to develop adequate services, capabilities, and skills in public policy influencing.

Overall objective is to build capacities of IRIS organisations to improve service provision and establish effective mechanisms for protection of human rights preventing all forms of discrimination, bringing positive change in the region.

Specific objective is to influence service provision and policy environment and grow outreach in the communities for the purpose of protecting and inclusion of marginalized population.

Total budget of the call is 180 000 EUR. It is anticipated that a minimum of € 10,000 and maximum of € 20,000 per project will be awarded. Duration of the proposed projects should be up to 12 months.


If you have a project idea, please send your proposals to no later than 30/10/2023 at 16.00, with an email subject stating:  Submission of the Application for Call for Proposals -Name of the organisation applicant.

For more information and application forms please see documents below:

Call for proposals English

Call for proposals Albanian

Call for proposals Macedonian

Call for proposals Serbian

The online info session will be organized on Friday, 13th of October 2023 at 14h

Or register at so we can inform you and send you the link prior to the event.

Zoom link for the info session:

About the programme: Granting Facility “Developing of community based services” is part of the project “Strengthening capacities and policy engagement of community service providers – IRIS PROGRESS” is funded by European Union.  Project is being implemented by Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) in partnership with Arbeiter Samariter Bund e.V (Germany), Alfa Center (Montenegro), Center for Labour Rights (Albania), Community Development Institute (North Macedonia), LIR CD (BiH), Centre for Independent Living (Kosovo*).

Online Gender mainstreaming training – Iris

We would like to invite you to the Online Gender mainstreaming training that will take place on 30 and 31 August 2023. The online training is realized within the project Strengthening capacities and policy engagement of community service providers – IRIS PROGRESS, funded by the EU and realized by Initiative for Development and Cooperation (Serbia) in partnership with Arbeiter – Samariter – Bund Deutschland (Germany), Center for Labour Rights (Albania), Center for Independent Life (Kosovo*), LIR CD (BiH), Community Development Institute (North Macedonia) and Alfa Center (Montenegro).


The purpose of the training is to gain sufficient knowledge on gender mainstreaming and include it into your everyday work, programmes and organizational procedures. Following the training, we expect that you will have an increased knowledge about the concept of gender mainstreaming, tools and methods and be able to transfer the knowledge to your colleagues and incorporate gender mainstreaming into your organizational procedures. Furthermore, you will be gain knowledge about gender-sensitive strategies and tools for gender analysis, mainstreaming gender-responsive budgeting in policies and programs at the local level. In addition, best practices will be also presented. For more information on the training please see attached Agenda.


Ms. Mila Carovska will be the expert conducting the training. Ms. Carovska has long term expertise in the area of social policy and gender mainstreaming. Currently, Ms. Carovska is the CEO of Sustainable Inclusive Growth Association and during the professional carrier she carried numerous high positions in the Government of North Macedonia, as the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education. Ms. Carovska also has long term cooperation with international organizations as a gender consultant, such as UN WOMEN, International Organization for Migration and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

This is for Iris Network members a unique opportunity to attend a training conducted by one of the best experts in the area of gender mainstreaming. One participant per organization – Iris Network member can apply for the training. Therefore, we urge you to apply as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited. The training will be in English.


When indenting the staff member for the training please take in consideration their interest in the topic and capacity to transfer the gained knowledge to colleagues and incorporate it into your organizational procedures.


Looking forward to your applications. The application should be sent to and no later than 25 August 2023 with the following information:

  • Name of the participant and position in the organization
  • Name of the organization – Iris member
  • Motivation – one paragraph explanation on how you will apply the gained knowledge into your organizational procedures


Online Gender mainstreaming training – Agenda

Conference – “Just energy transition in Serbia and the green deal/agenda”

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.

Call for participants to the IV Social Regional Academy of IRIS Network

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.

Iris Network Balkan Briefings

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.

Balkan briefings- September 2021

ANNEX 1- References

ANNEX 2- Questionnaires

ANNEX 3- Questionnarie analysis

ANNEX 4- List of relevant institutions