Second Regional Social Academy of IRIS Network

Second Regional Social Academy “Social Enterprises – An Innovative Model for sustainable service delivery and integration of marginalized groups in the labour market and society” was held from 27 – 30 May 2019. in Tirana. Under the framework of IRIS Networking CSOs for protection sensitive migration management, project is funded by European Commission and implemented through joined forces of 6 NGOs from 5WB countries: IDC Serbia, ASB South East Europe, SOS Podgorica, LIR Civil Society from B&H, ARSIS Albania and La Strada North Macedonia

Summary of our 4 day journey you can see in video below

Regional Social Academy of Iris Network – Call for Applicants

After first successful Regional Social Academy of Iris Network, held in Belgrade in November 2018, IRIS (Network of CSOs providers of social services) and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held in Tirana, Albania from 27th to 30th May 2019.

The Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, Introduction of legal framework and practical models of social enterprises in the region, exploring innovative entrepreneurship activities for the development of the region through higher inclusion of migrants, Roma, women, youth and PwD and other marginalised groups into labour market, and social services delivery. Participants will attend 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits.  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.

In addition to this, participants will have a chance to propose topic of their interest that will be elaborated and enlisted in agenda of the Academy programme.

All information and application procedure you can find HERE

Deadline for application is 26th April 2019 at 17 p.m.

Final participant list will be announced on the IRIS Network web site no later than 20 days upon the closing of the Call for Applicants.


Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Upon the training each of the participants will be obliged to deliver informative session/workshop to their communities/organisations/institutions and report it to the ASB representatives. This activity must be completed in framework of 3 months upon the completion of the education.

Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network. After the Academy, participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for traineeship in the relevant organization social service provider located in EU.

Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS programme activities, organized annually in each of the WB state.

Pictures and impressions from First Regional Social Academy you can see here.

For application and additional questions contact


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.


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:

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

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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