The IRIS network is a regional network of organizations of social service providers. The IRIS (Improving Social Services) network was formed in 2012, as part of the project “Improving the quality of social services in Southeast Europe through the strengthening of national and regional networks of civil society funded by the European Union. IRIS brings together national networks of CSOs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
IRIS connects currently more than 200 member organizations that provide different types of social services to different vulnerable groups: people with disability, children and youth at risk, women victims of family violence, refugees, asylum seekers etc.
IRIS aims to strengthen the role of not-for-profit social service providers throughout SEE and to ensure that these organizations are recognized as equal partners by the public sector.
The work of the IRIS network in the period from 2017 to 2021 is supported through the European Commission’s program for the consolidation of regional thematic networks of civil society organizations. Thanks to the experience gained during the migrant crisis, IDC got the opportunity to lead the new initiative of this network – IRIS Networking – Civil Society for the Protection of Users in the Migration Management System, as the main applicant. The project provides numerous opportunities for strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations of social service providers, which you can find out about on the website www.iris-see.eu