IRIS Network Academy Program

Dear participants of the first IRIS ACADEMY,

It is our great pleasure that 45 young, enthusiastic people from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and Georgia will participate in this years academy.

You can download detailed agenda HERE.

See you soon in Rijeka, Croatia!  

IRIS ACADEMY – Selection process

Final evaluation of received application for the IRIS ACADEMY is concluded. Evaluation Committee selected 44 candidates as participants for the Academy which will be held in Rijeka, Croatia from 15th to 18th of June. Based on the previous experience, education and motivation letter, future participants have been chosen from 7 countries from South East Europe:  Eight from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, six from Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, and five from FYR of Macedonia and Kosovo.

About IRIS Network Academy

IRIS Network Academy is a four-day program of informal education dedicated to improvement of the delivery of social services in South East Europe. Students of the Academy will have a chance to, through a series of lectures and practical workshops, from prominent experts in this field, find out:

  • How to address the needs of most vulnerable groups in the best possible manner;
  • How to improve social protection and services on the local level;
  • What is social entrepreneurship;
  • How to diversify funding of the Civil society organization, provider different type of social services;

Participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will have a chance to, in addition to these topics, talk about the process of licensing of social services, experiences from the region, partnership and connecting the public sector and civil society in order to improve the system of social protection. After the successfully concluded Academy, the most prominent 7 participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for internship in the CSOs that provide different types of social services in one of the following European Union countries: Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

 

IRIS Network Academy

Network of the civil society organizations, providers of social services from the South East Europe region, IRIS and German organization Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. are announcing the Call for participants of the first IRIS Network Academy, which will be held in Rijeka, Croatia from 15th to 19th of June 2015.

About IRIS Network Academy

IRIS Network Academy is a four-day program of informal education dedicated to improvement of the delivery of social services in South East Europe. Students of the Academy will have a chance to, through a series of lectures and practical workshops, from prominent experts in this field, find out:

  • How to address the needs of most vulnerable groups in the best possible manner;
  • How to improve social protection and services on the local level;
  • What is social entrepreneurship;
  • How to diversify funding of the Civil society organization, provider different type of social services;

Participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will have a chance to, in addition to these topics, talk about the process of licensing of social services, experiences from the region, partnership and connecting the public sector and civil society in order to improve the system of social protection. After the successfully concluded Academy, the most prominent 7 participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for internship in the CSOs that provide different types of social services in one of the following European Union countries: Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

Application 

Academy is intended for:

  • Young activists (up to 30 years old), which are active in the civil sector.
  • Volunteer or work experience in civil society organizations will be considered as an advantage in the selection process.
  • Participants need to be from one of the countries covered by the project: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia.
  • Fluent knowledge of English language – B2 level (the working language of the Academy is English)

Applicants should submit a CV and a motivation letter of no more than 300 characters explaining what social inclusion means to you, by email to: iris@iris-see.eu

All costs related to the Academy, as well as the transportation and accommodation, are fully covered by the organizer.

The Call is open until 5 June 2015. For any additional questions, please feel free to contact Tijana Laban on tijana.laban@asb-see.org

Logistical information 

All logistical information concerning the accommodation, transportation and other logistical issues will be subsequently delivered to the selected participants.

Please read the detailed invitation letter HERE

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Publications

1. Comparative Analysis of the Role of Civil Society in Providing Social Welfare Services in the Western Balkans

Comparative Analysis of the Role of Civil Society in Providing Social Welfare Services in the Western Balkans
One of the first activities in the project was to develop a baseline study which will present legal and institutional framework for the provision of social welfare services by civil society organizations and their role in providing these services in the region of the Western Balkans.The study is based on desk-analysis and series of semi-structured interviews with the stakeholders from CSOs and public institutions from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.
VersionsEnglish,  Montenegrin,  Croatian,  Albanian,  Bosnian,  Serbian

 

2. SOLIDAR publication – European semester 2014: Ensure Social Progress

SOLIDAR publication – European semester 2014 Ensure Social Progressuntitled

The Annual Growth Survey 2014 shows that unemployment has reached unprecedented levels in the European Union, while inequalities are steadily growing. In order to achieve the Europe 2020 targets of a 75% employment rate, increasing the number of adults completing third level education to at least 40% and reducing the number of people living in poverty by 20 million, the EU has to step up efforts to promote of a high level of employment, guarantee adequate social protection, combat social exclusion, promote access to education and increase participation in lifelong learning.

European semester 2014: Ensure Social Progress.pdf

 

3. SOLIDAR publication – Promoting the social economy as a driver for inclusive growth and social progress

SOLIDAR publication – Promoting the social economy as a driver for inclusive growth and social progress

The social economy is an essential pillar of the European social model and its actors play an important role in maintaining social services and in overcoming economic and social crises; in recent years 3.5 million new jobs have been created in the social economy. The social economy accounts for 10-12% of the European economy and its actors constitute an important economic force, stimulating innovation by pointing out existing deficiencies and inconvenient truths. By their nature and by the work they do, they contribute to establishing a more cohesive, democratic and active society, and often with favorable working conditions.

publication.pdf

 

4. SOLIDAR publication – Europe 2020: how to spur social progress for a more inclusive Europe?

SOLIDAR publication – Europe 2020 how to spur social progress for a more inclusive Europe

In 2010 – when the Europe 2020 Strategy was agreed – European economies were experiencing low growth and productivity. In many countries the situation steadily deteriorated, leading to a severe financial crisis. The immediate response of the EU was to focus on fiscal and financial consolidation through austerity plans which resulted in even more inequality for poor and vulnerable people.

publication.pdf

 

5. Mapping social welfare services within the mandate of local governments in the Republic of Serbia

Mapping social welfare services within the mandate of local governments

Mapping Social Welfare Services, initiated by the Government of Serbia Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit and UNICEF Serbia in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy, was implemented between September 2012 and February 2013. The survey was carried out by the Centre for Liberal Democratic Studies (CLDS).

Publication.pdf

 

7. FROM INACTIVITY TO EMPLOYMENT: Recommendations 

Analysis of the impact of public policies and factors affecting inactivity: Opportunities for raising activity and employment in Serbia.

publication.pdf 

 

8. BOOSTING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CREATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

BOOSTING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CREATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

This report has been prepared as part of the OECD LEED Programme “Boosting Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Creation”. A team comprising members of the OECD LEED Secretariat and an external expert visited Serbia in February/March 2012 for a study visit to examine the role, both actual and potential, of social entrepreneurship, and the support which could be given to social enterprise to boost its potential performance. This report is based significantly on the preliminary report prepared by the local experts, the available statistics and on material gathered from the study visit, as well as research conducted both prior to, and after, the study visit.

publication.pdf

 

9. STUDY: Challenges of the new social policy – social inclusion in the EU and Serbia

STUDY Challenges of the new social policy – social inclusion in the EU and Serbia

The purpose of the Study is to present to the general public in Serbia in a relatively systematized way the knowledge regarding the social process in the EU, as well as to open a debate on the possible ways to improve the level of social integration in Serbia through political process. The Study was produced as a part of the project „Promotion of Social Inclusion Debate in Serbia“, supported by the EU’s Employment and Social Solidarity Programme PROGRESS (2007–2013) that was managed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Aff airs and Equal Opportunities, and realized in the period from February 2009 to July 2010.

study.pdf

ADVOCACY

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National networks of CSOs providing social services and the regional network IRIS supported by the Brussels based SOLIDAR network provide a strong platform for advocacy actions in Western Balkans and monitoring of key social welfare reforms. During the first phase of the project national networks strengthened their capacity to provide analysis and established channel of communication with state stakeholders. As such they are ready to advocate for revision of existing legislation, adoption of new legislation and/or drafting different policy or legislation recommendations.

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CAPACITY BUILDING

ASB and its partners SOLIDAR, OGI, LIR CD, SOS Telephone, CLARD, EDC, ASYD and ARSIS will conduct strategic planning of the regional and national networks.. After the initial joint summer school, the partners will focus much more on specific CSOs providing social services and their development in terms of building human resources and quality standards for the services they are providing. In that manner, ASB will initiate a Traineeship program, Mentoring program, ISO 9001:2008 certification process, support to the licensing process and a grant scheme.

Opening of the training seminar for members of Croatian and Serbian network, Lake Palic, Serbia

Publications

 

1. Comparative Analysis of the Role of Civil Society in Providing Social Welfare Services in the Western Balkans

Comparative Analysis of the Role of Civil Society in Providing Social Welfare Services in the Western Balkans
One of the first activities in the project was to develop a baseline study which will present legal and institutional framework for the provision of social welfare services by civil society organizations and their role in providing these services in the region of the Western Balkans.The study is based on desk-analysis and series of semi-structured interviews with the stakeholders from CSOs and public institutions from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.
VersionsEnglish,  Montenegrin,  Croatian,  Albanian,  Bosnian,  Serbian

 

2. SOLIDAR publication – European semester 2014: Ensure Social Progress

SOLIDAR publication – European semester 2014 Ensure Social Progressuntitled

The Annual Growth Survey 2014 shows that unemployment has reached unprecedented levels in the European Union, while inequalities are steadily growing. In order to achieve the Europe 2020 targets of a 75% employment rate, increasing the number of adults completing third level education to at least 40% and reducing the number of people living in poverty by 20 million, the EU has to step up efforts to promote of a high level of employment, guarantee adequate social protection, combat social exclusion, promote access to education and increase participation in lifelong learning.

European semester 2014: Ensure Social Progress.pdf

 

3. SOLIDAR publication – Promoting the social economy as a driver for inclusive growth and social progress

SOLIDAR publication – Promoting the social economy as a driver for inclusive growth and social progress

The social economy is an essential pillar of the European social model and its actors play an important role in maintaining social services and in overcoming economic and social crises; in recent years 3.5 million new jobs have been created in the social economy. The social economy accounts for 10-12% of the European economy and its actors constitute an important economic force, stimulating innovation by pointing out existing deficiencies and inconvenient truths. By their nature and by the work they do, they contribute to establishing a more cohesive, democratic and active society, and often with favorable working conditions.

publication.pdf

 

4. SOLIDAR publication – Europe 2020: how to spur social progress for a more inclusive Europe?

SOLIDAR publication – Europe 2020 how to spur social progress for a more inclusive Europe

In 2010 – when the Europe 2020 Strategy was agreed – European economies were experiencing low growth and productivity. In many countries the situation steadily deteriorated, leading to a severe financial crisis. The immediate response of the EU was to focus on fiscal and financial consolidation through austerity plans which resulted in even more inequality for poor and vulnerable people.

publication.pdf

 

5. Mapping social welfare services within the mandate of local governments in the Republic of Serbia

Mapping social welfare services within the mandate of local governments

Mapping Social Welfare Services, initiated by the Government of Serbia Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit and UNICEF Serbia in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy, was implemented between September 2012 and February 2013. The survey was carried out by the Centre for Liberal Democratic Studies (CLDS).

Publication.pdf

 

7. FROM INACTIVITY TO EMPLOYMENT: Recommendations 

Analysis of the impact of public policies and factors affecting inactivity: Opportunities for raising activity and employment in Serbia.

publication.pdf 

 

8. BOOSTING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CREATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

BOOSTING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CREATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

This report has been prepared as part of the OECD LEED Programme “Boosting Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Creation”. A team comprising members of the OECD LEED Secretariat and an external expert visited Serbia in February/March 2012 for a study visit to examine the role, both actual and potential, of social entrepreneurship, and the support which could be given to social enterprise to boost its potential performance. This report is based significantly on the preliminary report prepared by the local experts, the available statistics and on material gathered from the study visit, as well as research conducted both prior to, and after, the study visit.

publication.pdf

 

9. STUDY: Challenges of the new social policy – social inclusion in the EU and Serbia

STUDY Challenges of the new social policy – social inclusion in the EU and Serbia

The purpose of the Study is to present to the general public in Serbia in a relatively systematized way the knowledge regarding the social process in the EU, as well as to open a debate on the possible ways to improve the level of social integration in Serbia through political process. The Study was produced as a part of the project „Promotion of Social Inclusion Debate in Serbia“, supported by the EU’s Employment and Social Solidarity Programme PROGRESS (2007–2013) that was managed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Aff airs and Equal Opportunities, and realized in the period from February 2009 to July 2010.

study.pdf

New SOLIDAR publications

New SOLIDAR publications

Partner of IRIS network SOLIDAR published two new publications:
– Supporting Social Investment in the Western Balkans:European Enlargement Monitoring Report 2014
– The social dimensions of EU enlargement 

Both publications are available on our website on the following links:

– Supporting Social Investment in the Western Balkans:European Enlargement Monitoring Report 2014.pdf
The social dimensions of EU enlargement.pdf 

 

Round table “Supporting Social Investments; The Enlargement Perspective”

Round table “Supporting Social Investments; The Enlargement Perspective”

On Thursday 6 November, the round table : “Supporting Social Investments; The Enlargement Perspective” organised by the IRIS Network, SOLIDAR, ASB South East Europe (SEE) took place in the European Parliament involving MEPs Knut Fleckenstein (S&D), Ivo Vajgl (ALDE), and Eduard Kukan (EPP), representatives of DG Employment and Social Affairs Thomas Bender and DG Enlargement – Henk Visser, and the representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee – Ariane Rodert and Social Services Europe – Luk Zelderloo.

The main questions for debate concerned the EU Enlargement strategy and its contribution to the creation of the necessary legal frameworks for civil society organisations providing social services in the Accession Countries. Knut Fleckenstein, MEP and President of  ASB, stressed that Western Balkans countries will need strong EU support to introduce the necessary reforms in preparing for EU membership.

Participants from the IRIS Network highlighted the measures that will need to be put in place, in order to strengthen the social dimension of the EU Enlargement process and to enhance the socio-economic transformation of Accession Countries. Good practices were presented that showcase how civil society organisations are working to advance social cohesion and active inclusion in the Western Balkans. As a reflection on this Ms Ariane Rodert emphasised the importance of the accessibility of funding programmes earmarked for the region.

In addition, SOLIDAR Annual Monitoring report on the EU enlargement was launched where SOLIDAR presents policy recommendations on how to foster social inclusion and support social investment in the Western Balkans region. The following recommendations have been designed in response to the European Commission’s Progress reports on the Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2014 – 2015, on October 8.

  • A universal and inextricable approach to social, economic and political rights should be put in place to guarantee equal opportunities, fight discrimination and build cohesive societies.
  • Accession Countries should provide assistance for those who can work to enter or re-enter and stay in employment that best relates to their capacity to work.
  • Access to social services for all should be supported as a way to implement human rights and to provide adequate resources to individuals as part of consistent and comprehensive efforts to fight social exclusion
  • Accession Countries should ensure that proper social support is given to those that require it, in order to promote social and economic inclusion.
  • Accession Countries should strengthen national lifelong learning programmes aimed at personal, social and professional fulfilment, whilst promoting democratic values, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue.