Advocacy and Strategic Planning 

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. IRIS worked for the achievement of this goal by generating policy analyses and strategic planning products, which increased the policy capacity of several NGOs. The program was structured according to a three-year plan of activities. During the second and third year of the project implementation the objectives achieved were as follows: improving IRIS institutional capacity in terms of organizational resources and know-how to meet the planned activities; developing the policy service.


IRIS policy service was focused on three main policy issues: How does an NGO address a grass root community problem? How does NGO gather support from other NGO? And how does an NGO approach decision-makers and influence them in favor of their grass root community? The above aimed at stimulating grass root level activity and involvement for public representation of interests, as well as at mobilizing target NGOs for consolidation of resources for effective coalition building.


The IRIS policy product was a strategic plan of action for practical implementation of civil interest’s representation by targeted NGOs. Each plan was designed on the bases of case studies of a specific problem and further elaborated into a model for general application for similar problems in the future. The project was a part of the Democracy Network Program, supported by the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the USAID.

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



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
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
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
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