In November 2006 IRIS initiated a 9-month project for comparative study of the Turkish and Roma minorities in Bulgaria in the years of democratic transition (1989 – 2006).
The project is aimed at: a) evaluating the development of the Roma and Turkish factor in the Bulgarian public, civil, economic and political life during the last 15 years of transition; b) eliciting strategic mechanisms for integrating the minority communities in the context of the integration of Bulgaria in the European Union; c) outlining the basic social and political mechanisms that stimulate the integration of the Roma and Turkish minorities; c) advancing alternative policy recommendations for improving government programmes for minority integration.
The implementation of this project is necessitated by the urgent need for the adoption of adequate policies for effective minority integration in the basic sectors of society, governance and economy. IRIS will work out a strategy paper that will serve as a basis for the creation of a broader strategy of the government and major nongovernmental donor organizations for minority integration in Bulgarian society.
This project is financially supported by the Open Society Institute, Sofia.
The project initiative aims to develop and put in practice a “bottom-up” approach to regional development by identifying and engaging the natural leadership potential of Bulgarian regions within a coherent framework of debate and collective action.
In December 2004 IRIS Civil Society Development: Research and Training Program started the implementation of the nine-month project entitled Youth Tourist Exchange. Business Initiatives for Community Development in South Eastern Bulgaria (towns Loznitza, Zavet and Isperih)
The project aim was to develop a Regulation Treating the Management, Control and Informational Provision of the National Operative Program for Regional Development as an instrument for the Bulgarian regional policy implementation.
The project was aimed at establishing an effective system for trilateral co-operation and dialogue between social partners in the field of industrial relations in Bulgaria on the basis of European historical experience and the principles laid down in the European Social Charter ratified in 2000.
The project aim was to establish Youth Community Council in the Municipality of Zavet as a consultative body to the local authorities.
The project aimed at developing and implementing working models of lobbying which represent organized local/municipal, civic and entrepreneurial interests.