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

The first online Training of Trainers organized under the IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management was a great success! Over the course of 7 days, more than 20 participants from the Iris Network from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia have joined forces with the exquisite, experienced trainers in the domain of Migration Management and Adult Learning.

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Sensus – first free counseling center in Mostar

Iris Network member Centar za psihološku podršku Sensus will become the first free counseling center in Mostar for members of the LGBTI community. In addition to free psychological counseling for LGBTI, Sensus will also offer individual, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy.

Through counseling, they strive to create a safe space where their fellow citizens can receive support regarding their gender identity, sexual orientation, and other specific issues related to the lives of LGBTI people, but also to create educated psychotherapists who are sensitive to working with the community.

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

An info session was held today within small grant scheme “𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗦𝗢)” in the scope of the project „IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management“- Financial support to the member organizations in Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

The framework of the grant scheme was presented, reporting as well as working procedures were explained.

We hope for good initiatives and the development of supported organizations!

Enhancing resilience for 14 local service providers in SEE

IRIS Network awarded 14 small grants under CfP “Enhancing resilience of Civil Society Organizations (CSO)”  in scope of the project „IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management“. IRIS network Project Evaluation Committee decided to support 14 out of  32 received applications in 5 project countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. 

Implementation of all supported projects starts on 5th March 2021 with a duration of two months. The grants aim to support IRIS members in capacity-building actions for the purpose of enhancing the organization’s abilities to develop adequate services, capabilities, and skills as a response to the pandemic crisis.

As IRIS Network members are facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 and the strain on the services and resources they provide is tremendous, this Grant Scheme is taking proactive steps to protect the Network members, support their ongoing activities and assist them to cope with current hardships as much as possible. Project proposals shall aim to produce an added value to the “IRIS Networking” project’s efforts in this domain.

Iris network would like to congratulate all of its member organizations who received grants, but also to thank all applicants who sent us their proposals. The final list of all organizations that received grants can be found in the following table.

Open Gate SOS line

Отворена Порта – Open Gate: La Strada Macedonia operates with the only SOS line in S. Macedonia that offers aid to victims of human trafficking.

The line works 24/7 and is being operated by trained professionals who are willing to offer help, support, and referrals. You can get advice, support and more information by calling SOS line – 0800 11 111.


The SOS line provides preventive and educational information (enables information on the problem of human trafficking, safe ways of migration, and legal work abroad) and direct contact to provide support and assistance to (potential) victims of human trafficking and their families, persons in the chain trafficking in human beings or have left it without adequate psycho-social assistance.

Nova Generacija – SOS line

Nova generacija introduced telephone counseling for children – Plavi telefon BiH. Plavi telefon BiH launched a new anonymous chat counseling service in December. To date, 70 children have called for help and support.

The most common topics of conversation are:

  1. Peer and partnership relations
  2. Problems in relation to parents
  3. Physical and emotional abuse

Study – The Consequences of Covid-19 risk – causes, outcomes, and recommendations

On December 11, 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Team, with the support of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Team of the Government of the Republic of Serbia presented the study “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱-𝟭𝟵 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸 – 𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀, 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀”.

Read the whole study on the link.

Small Grants Scheme (SGS) Covid19 – Iris Network

IRIS Network has a great pleasure to announce the continuation of its Small Grants Scheme (SGS) Covid19, which will provide financial support to the member organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

The Call aims to support IRIS members in capacity-building actions for the purpose of enhancing an organization’s abilities to develop adequate services, capabilities, and skills in response to the pandemic crisis. As IRIS Network members are facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 and the strain on the services and resources they provide is tremendous, this Grant Scheme is taking proactive steps to protect the Network members, support their ongoing activities and assist them to cope with current hardships as much as possible.

Small Grant Scheme Covid19 is open only to IRIS National Networks member organizations from 5 countries.

If you have a project which may fulfill the requirements of the Small Grants program, please send your proposals to iris@iris-see.eu no later than 01/02/2021 at 17.00, with an email subject stating “Call for proposal for the Small Grants Scheme Covid19 – IRIS Networking”.

For more information please follow documents attached below:

Annex 1.1 Guidelines of the Call

Annex 1.2 Application Form

Annex 1.3 Terms of Reference Template