The project′s aim was to establish Youth Community Council in the Municipality of Zavet as a consultative body to the local authorities. The target group included 30 people, representatives of Youth civic groups and organizations, non-governmental organizations, national and local authorities, local business and media. Direct beneficiaries were all young people (age 18-35) from Zavet, through providing them with opportunity to exercise influence on local decision-making and policy implementing. The major project activities include organizing of training and capacity building seminars, information dissemination and publishing, research and surveys activities.
One of the major results of this project was the establishment of a Youth Community Council in Zavet on the 7th of May 2004. Yong people from Zavet, representatives of local authorities and media took a part. The aim of the Youth Community Council is to gather both young civic activists and representatives of local authorities to discuss youth problems in local decision-making and policy implementing. The Youth community council effectively represents youth interests, increases their participation in local decision making and ensures accountable and transparent local governance.
The project was supported by the Phare Civil Society Development Programme 2001.
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 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).
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 aimed at developing and implementing working models of lobbying which represent organized local/municipal, civic and entrepreneurial interests.