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


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.

Another major accomplishment of this project was the publication of the biangular brochure Youth Community Council-Mission is Possible: Civic Capacity Development in Local Policy Making in Zavet. 


The project was supported by the Phare Civil Society Development Programme 2001.

Empowering Local Business Communities for Human Potential Mobilization



As of November 2018, the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) starts a new 34-month project that aims at mobilizing and advocating for local business communities to utilize the available human potential of retired people and to look for new models of labor mobility.

Read more... 03-12-2018
Овластяване на местните бизнес общности за мобилизиране на човешки потенциал


От ноември 2018 г. Институтът за регионални и международни изследвания (ИРМИ) стартира нов 34-месечен проект, насочен към мобилизиране и подкрепа на местните бизнес общности да използват наличния човешки потенциал на пенсионерите и да търсят нови модели за трудова мобилност.


Основната цел на проекта на ИРМИ е да овласти бизнес общностите с умения по застъпничество, работа в мрежи и стратегическо планиране, за да се справят с предизвикателството на намаляващия потенциал на човешки ресурси чрез изработване на жизнеспособни алтернативи за наемане на работа. 

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Leaders’ Platforms for Regional Development (January 2015 - December 2017)


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
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
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
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
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