Projects



Cross-border Citizens′ Network For Peace, Inter-communal Reconciliation And Human Security II (February 2015 - November 2016)

LogoCitizens′ Network for Peace, Inter-communal Reconciliation & Human Security (CN4HS) is cross-border project supported by the European Commission and launched in November 2012 by six non-governmental organisations and research institutes from the Balkans and Turkey: the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Turkey; the Institute for Regional and International Studies – Bulgaria; SeCons – Serbia; the Youth Resource Centre Tuzla – Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Association for Democratic Prosperity Zid – Montenegro; and the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication – Kosovo.

Read more... 01-02-2015
Leaders’ Platforms for Regional Development (January 2015 - December 2017)

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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.

Read more... 07-01-2015
Strategic Planning and Advocacy: Instruments for a More Effective NGO Participation in Decision-making and Dialogue with Local A (November 2014 - January 2016)

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The current project aims to contribute to more efficient citizen participation in this process and more broadly - to develop sustainable forms of dialogue between citizens and public officials.

Read more... 01-11-2014
IRIS Strategic Planning and Institutional Development (February - November 2014)

The main goal of the project was to support IRIS’s institutional development and its capacity to participate, on the basis of its experience and expertise, in the formulation of new civic strategies for organisation, participation and raising accountability in decision-making – strategies reflecting the powerful and profound transformative processes in society that are in play over the last year or so.

Read more... 01-02-2014
Strategic planning and concrete advocacy campaigns: Key instruments for organisational capacity building in civil society organisations (September 2013 - September 2014)

LogoThis project aims to support participation via capacity-building for strategic planning and advocacy in NGOs in three Bulgarian cities where protesters in 2013 were especially active: Varna, Veliko Tarnovo and Blagoevgrad. Its outcome was a raised know-how and capability of NGOs to conduct advocacy campaigns and thus participate in a more organised and efficient manner in decision-making.

Read more... 01-09-2013
Towards Irreversible Reforms in the Balkans: Sustaining Democracy and European Integration Amid Economic and Political Downturn (January 2013 – November 2013)

  The project aimed to support the already gained momentum in the reform processes in the Balkans and affirm their irreversibility via analysis, publication, advocacy and networking aiming at accelerated European integration in times when the economic crisis and the return to power of nationalist/populist factors in the region jeopardise the progress achieved and cause disaffection among the populace.

Read more... 01-01-2013
Cross-border Citizens′ Network For Peace, Inter-communal Reconciliation And Human Security I (November 2012 - January 2015)

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The project is part of the European Commission’s support to regional thematic networks within the framework of the Civil Society Facility Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Read more... 30-11-2012
Public Policy Strategies for Regional Development in the Balkans (February 2012 – August 2012)

  The project aimed to support new, effective public policy strategies for regional development in the Balkan societies and a better understanding of and ways to overcome the failures of post-communist Balkan states to provide quality public services to their citizens in their embrace of liberal democracy and the free market since the 1990s and in light of the ongoing economic and Eurozone crises via research, analysis, policy products and advocacy.

Read more... 01-02-2012
The Belene Nuclear Power Plant Project: Economic Consequences and Political Effects on Bulgaria’s National Interest (August 2011 - February 2013)

The main goal of IRIS in assessing the NPP Belene project is aimed at developing a comprehensive picture of the liabilities and the effects which the construction of this facility will have on Bulgaria’ energy market, on the sustainability of the energy system and the energy consumption in the country for the next 3-5 decades and on the functioning of the Bulgarian political and public administration system in mid-term perspective. The IRIS analyses will also particularly focus on the larger strategic and security context that NPP Belene will create in completing the monopolization of the Bulgarian energy system by Russia – bringing it under total Russian control.

Read more... 01-08-2011
Establishing Alumni Association of the Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship (June 2011 - May 2012)

The overall goal of the proposed project was to assure the continuity and sustainability of the larger BSYRF effort by establishing an Alumni Association of the programme’s graduates, allowing them to meet on a regular basis, discuss current issues and take common action to solve those issues by means of joint advocacy efforts and project development.

Read more... 01-06-2011
Black Sea Cooperation Policy Forum (February 2011 - January 2012)

The overall goal of the project is to enhance and institutionalise interaction among the most influential think tanks in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine in order to arrive at common positions and launch common initiatives on improving international security and cooperation in the Black sea region as well as to support all major efforts by national governments and international organisations to this end.

Read more... 01-02-2011
Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship II (January 2011 - January 2012)

The overall goal of the project was to extend and empower the network of young reformers of the Black Sea countries, launched by the pilot BSYRF project in 2010, as an instrument to serve a double-edged purpose: first, to provide a platform for the young reformers to communicate and advocate to the institutions of the EU the interests of their countries for closer cooperation with Europe; second, to open new channels of influence for the European policy makers to develop and implement an overall strategy for multilateral cooperation between the EU institutions and the policy communities of the Black Sea countries.

Read more... 31-01-2011
The Western Balkans: Strategies for Accelerated European Integration (December 2010 - December 2011)

  The overall goal of this project is to devise a framework for a new, flexible strategy for an accelerated European integration of the Western Balkans based on research, analysis and interaction among leading think tank and civil society activists and policy-makers from Bulgaria and the countries of the region. Bulgaria’s accession experience should play a key a role in devising such a strategy – some aspects of Bulgaria’s integration proved not so smooth, while others proved effective, and the new framework should dwell on that.

Read more... 01-12-2010
Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship I (December 2009 - December 2010)

The project is an effort at supporting reformist thinking and reformist activities across the region of the Black Sea through identifying and encouraging reform-oriented, influential young policy-makers, civil servants and civil society activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine into an effective and viable network.

Read more... 01-12-2009
Responding to Political and Social Consequences of the Global Economic Crisis in the Balkans (October 2009 - October 2010)

The goal of the project was to help devise and implement common strategies for minimising the effects of the global economic crisis on the political, institutional and social development of the Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Read more... 01-10-2009
Тренинг и социализация на млади ромски активисти в позиции на политическо и гражданско лидерство в българското общество (Май 2009 - Май 2010)

Институтът за Регионални и Международни Изследвания (ИРМИ), със съдействието на Тръста за гражданско общество в централна и източна Европа, проведоха през 2009 г. проект на тема: „Тренинг и социализация на млади ромски активисти в позиции на политическо и гражданско лидерство в българската държава и общество“ с продължителност една година.

Read more... 01-05-2009
The Mid-Term Policy Agenda of the Balkans (April 2006 - April 2007)

In April 2006 IRIS started the implementation of a 12-month project entitled The Mid-Term Policy Agenda of the Balkans.  The objective of the project is to develop and advocate regional policy solutions with EU perspective to remedy the Balkans’ problems.

Read more... 21-05-2007
The South-East of Europe: Reassessing Residual Problems, Finding Feasible Solutions ( January - December 2007)

 There are two important issues, dominating the agenda of the Balkans in 2007. The first one is the blockade of the  Kosovo status promotion, with its local, regional and international implications. The second one is the silent postponing of EU accession process for the Western Balkans, which is widely considered as a condition sine qua non to cope with regional maladies.

Read more... 01-01-2007
Comparative Minority Study in Bulgaria (November 2006 - June 2007)

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).

Read more... 01-11-2006
Bulgaria in the Euro-Atlantic Security System (October 2006 - February 2007)

In October 2006 IRIS initiated the project Bulgaria in the Euro-Atlantic Security System with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Read more... 01-10-2006
Citizens’ Audit - Enhancing Civic Participation in the Municipal Budgetary Process in Bulgaria (October 2006 - September 2007)

The project is aimed at improving the participation of civil society in Bulgaria in public policy formation through the ‛budget advocacy‛ approach.

Read more... 01-10-2006
Community Development and Mechanisms for Efficient Local Governance Through Structured Public Private Interactions (December 2005 - November 2006)

The major goal of the proposed project was to strengthen the process of democratic reconstruction of local decentralized government through establishing and supporting working models for public and private partnerships in Macedonia and BiH.

Read more... 01-12-2005
Sharing Policy Experience: Advocacy Training for NGO Activists,Communal and Business Leaders (October 2005 – October 2006)

IRIS advocacy program envisages facilitating the process of forming active groups at local governmental level that will involve the representatives of business communities, civic activists and decision makers in community development planning.

Read more... 25-10-2005
The Process of Decentralization in Macedonia: Prospects for Ethnic Conflict Mitigation, Enhanced Representation (July - December 2005)

Between July 2005 and December 2005 IRIS International Security and Democratization Program implemented the project on The Process of Decentralization in Macedonia: Prospects for Ethnic Conflict Mitigation, Enhanced Representation, Institutional Efficiency and Accountability, supported by the Freedom House – Regional Networking Project.

Read more... 01-07-2005
Transborder Exchange of Reform Practices: Decentralization and Citizens′ Inclusion (December 2004 - December 2005)

On December 1, 2004 IRIS International Security and Democratization Program started the implementation of the one-year project entitled Transborder Exchange of Reform Practices: Decentralization and Citizens’ Inclusion. The program is aimed at elaborating a strategy for applying an integrated system of cross-border transfer of Bulgarian experience and good practices to Macedonia in overcoming deficiencies of the decentralization process and sustaining the citizens’ support for necessary reforms within the context of the European integration.

Read more... 01-12-2004
Youth Tourist Exchange. Business Initiatives for Community Development in South Eeastern Bulgaria (December 2004 - August 2005)

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)

Read more... 01-12-2004
Conducting a Democracy Audit in Bulgaria, Moldova and Georgia (June 2004 - June 2005)

The project was aimed at advancing recommendations for improving institutional performance in Bulgaria, Georgia and Moldova, based on comparative analysis of a selected cluster of institutions mirroring the state of the society and governance by employing the ‘democratic auditing’ methodological approach. Institutional analysis, public opinion surveys and case studies of best practices were employed to elicit alternative policy solutions.

Read more... 01-06-2004
Networking for the Black Sea Region Stabilization and Integration (May 2004 - May 2005)

  Between May 2004 and May 1 2005 IRIS International Security and Democratization Program implemented the “Networking for the Black Sea Region Stabilization and Integration” program. The proposed program built on the achievements of GMFUS and IRIS’ own efforts in the Black Sea region. The program was aimed at assisting with developing and launching an overall policy strategy for integrating the Black Sea countries into the Euro-Atlantic mainstream.

Read more... 01-05-2004
Empowering Civil Society in Southeastern Europe Through Advocacy: Introducing Advocacy Practices to Bosnian and Macedonian Youth NGOs (January - July 2004)

This six-month pilot project was aimed at increasing the capacity of civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia to effectively represent civic interests through transferring advocacy know how from Bulgaria.

Read more... 01-01-2004
Developing a Regulation Treating the Management, Control and Informational Provision of the National Operative Program for Regional Development (November 2003 - December 2004)

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.

Read more... 01-11-2003
Bulgaria on the Threshold of the European Union: Trilateral Co-operation and Development of Industrial Relations (September 2003 - October 2004)

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.

Read more... 01-09-2003
Youth Community Council - Mission Possible: Civil Capacity Building in Local Policy-Making in Zavet (September 2003 - October 2004)

The project aim was to establish Youth Community Council in the Municipality of Zavet as a consultative body to the local authorities.

Read more... 01-09-2003
Assessment of Civic Participation in Decision-Making in Moldova and Ukraine (May 2003 - May 2004)

The project aimed at evaluating the civic organizations′ attitudes, needs and capacity with respect to civic participation in the decision making in Ukraine and Moldova and also at identifying specific competencies needed for successful civic mobilization and participation in the decision making.

Read more... 27-06-2003
Anchoring the Black Sea Countries to the Euro-Atlantic Mainstream (May 2003 - May 2004)

Between May 1, 2003 and May 1, 2004 IRIS International Security and Democratization Program implemented the program entitled Anchoring the Black Sea Countries to the Euro-Atlantic Mainstream: Policies, Mechanisms and Multilateral Networks. The Program was aimed at promoting strategies, policies and actions that would ultimately anchor the countries of the Black Sea region firmly to the Euro-Atlantic mainstream.

Read more... 01-05-2003
Benefiting from Enlarging NATO to Southeast Europe: Promoting the New NATO Agenda (May 2003 - May 2004)

On May 1, 2003 IRIS International Security and Democratization Program started the implementation of the project entitled Benefiting from Enlarging NATO to Southeast Europe: Promoting the New NATO Agenda. The Program was aimed at providing assessment and policy alternatives of how Bulgaria and Romania, in their new function as NATO members, would translate the new mission of the Alliance into regional policy action. The program offered recommendations that capitalized on the experience of the two countries in conducting reforms in order to maximize the effectiveness of stability and security building in the region. The program aimed at contributing to increased understanding of how enlarged and transformed NATO would respond to the 21st century security challenges to provide a security arc for its members.

Read more... 01-05-2003
Partners in Peacebuilding in the Balkans ( October 2002 - October 2004)

The Partners in Peacebuilding in the Balkans Project is a joint initiative of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland, and the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Read more... 01-10-2002
Local Development and Transborder Cooperation Between Bulgaria and Serbia ( September 2002 - October 2003 )

This one year project developed by the Institute for Regional and International Studies – Sofia, united the efforts of local government officials in transborder areas of Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as local NGO activists from the respective communities.

Read more... 01-09-2002
The Balkans and the New Global Agenda (May 2002 - April 2003)

  IRIS International Security and Democratization Program implemented the project entitled The Balkans and The New Global Agenda started on May 1, 2002. Project aimed primarily at contributing to a systemic reassessment of the policy agenda of Balkan security in the new international context and defining the basic priorities of cooperation between the Balkan policy community and the policy institutions of the transatlantic community.

Read more... 01-05-2002
Civic Self-Assessment of the NATO Membership Potential (February 2002 - March 2003)

  The project addressed the following issues: National NATO Accession Strategies and Armed Forces Reforms, Security Priorities of Prospective Members, and NATO Transformation and Strategic Environment.

Read more... 01-02-2002
Civic Strategy for Promoting Bilateral Relations Between Bulgaria and Serbia (October 2001 - September 2002)

  IRIS International Security and Democratization Program staff initiated the implementation of Civic Strategy for Promoting Bilateral Relations between Bulgaria and Serbia Project on October 1, 2001. The project objective is to establish and promote a civic strategy for development of the relations between Bulgaria and Serbia identifying major interests, social groups, communities and institutions that have potential for intensifying bilateral relations.

Read more... 01-10-2001
Security Challenges and Development of Southern Balkans (June 2001 - May 2002)

The project addressed a number of pressing issues arising from the institutional collapse and series of security crises in this part of the Balkans. The main goal of the project was to involve outstanding think tanks from Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia in active networking for promotion of common measures to sustain security within this strategic tier.

Read more... 01-06-2001
Promoting Security and Regional Cooperation: The Perspectives of NATO Enlargement and EU Association of Southeastern Europe (May 2001 - April 2002)

IRIS International Security and Democratization Program implemented the project entitled “Promoting Security and Regional Cooperation: The Perspectives of NATO Enlargement and EU Association of Southeastern Europe Towards the Year 2002” started on May 1, 2001. Project aimed primarily at providing IRIS with the necessary resources and strengthening of its capacity to actively contribute to the process of policy formulation and implementation concerning Southeastern Europe.

Read more... 01-05-2001
International Fact-Finding Mission to the Republic of Macedonia (April - May 2001)

  The International Fact Finding Mission has been an extension of the Project on Security Challenges and Development of the Southern Balkans, implemented by IRIS in cooperation with the Euro-Balkan Institute, Skopje and the Institute for Contemporary Studies, Tirana, also supported by the Regional Networking Project, sponsored by Freedom House, with funding provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The European Integration and Regional Stability Program of the Open Society Foundation-Sofia, provides support to follow-up activities of the International Fact-finding Mission.

Read more... 01-04-2001
Enhancing Public Influence and Exercising Control Over the Desicion-Making Process (October 2000 - October 2003)

The primary goal of the project was to strengthen democracy by facilitating effective representation of civil interests.

Read more... 01-10-2000
IRIS Public Policy Analyses’ Capacity Building / Think Tank Development ( December 1999 - December 2000)

The project gave IRIS a new perspective and approach for both addressing current and emerging policy challenges and offering practical policy recommendations. The project included the initiation of unique monthly analyses on regional issues in the area of transatlantic cooperation, integration strategies, and foreign policy making in regard to regional security and cooperation.

Read more... 01-12-1999
Policy Analyses and Transatlantic Networking for SEE Reconstruction and Development (September 1999 - September 2000)

The project aimed to set priorities and clearly define the goals of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe. It provided analytical assistance and policy growth/development in the fields of regional security systems institutional development and infrastructure economic development.

Read more... 01-09-1999
Networking Between Bulgarian and Macedonian NGOs for Political Resolution of Problems in Bilateral Relations (April 1999 - March 2000)

This project united the efforts of Bulgarian and Macedonian NGOs in the hopes of overcoming the political difficulties in bilateral relations of the two states. The project set up a free forum of NGOs from the two countries searching and formulating points of common interest for Bulgaria and Macedonia, and on this basis, developed and institutionalized legitimate mechanisms of advocacy for achieving a positive public policy impact.

Read more... 01-04-1999
Strategy Planning for the Bulgarian NGO Movement Within the Demnet II Program (April - October 1999)

The aim of this project was to frame a perspective strategy for the policy development of the NGO sector in Bulgaria.

Read more... 01-04-1999
Building a Pluralist Lobbying System in Bulgaria (January - December 1999)

The project aimed at developing and implementing working models of lobbying which represent organized local/municipal, civic and entrepreneurial interests.

Read more... 01-01-1999
Analysis of the Situation in FR Yugoslavia in the Context of Bulgarian Foreign Policy and Security in the Balkans (October 1998 - February 1999)

The aim of the project was, through direct observation and analysis of the situation in FR Yugoslavia, to assess the impact of the Yugoslav crisis on Bulgarian foreign policy priorities and the global community’s perception of the Balkans.

Read more... 01-10-1998
Civic, Institutional and Legislative Prerequisites for Regional Cooperation in the South-Eastern European Initiative

  This project analyzed the potential factors working as catalysts or barriers to the successful integration of Bulgaria into the South East European Cooperative Initiative (SECI).

Read more... 01-09-1997
Balkan Cooperation (July 1997 - June 1998)

The project′s main goal was to lay down the foundations of a public policy strategy for efficient long term South Balkan integration and regional cooperation initiatives.

Read more... 01-07-1997
Southern Balkan Cooperation (June 1997 - May 1998)

The aim of the project was to establish and develop an international network of experts, corporate executives and policy makers who could promote regional cooperation in the Southern Balkans in the fields of commerce, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy.

Read more... 01-06-1997