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.


The overarching objective of the IRIS project is to empower business communities with advocacy skills, networking and strategic planning to face the challenge of decreasing human resource potential by crafting viable alternatives for labor recruitment. To meet this objective, the initiative will pursue threespecific goals: 1) partially bringing retirees back to the job market as the most readily available workforce resource in depopulated and ageing communities; 2) exploring the potential, as well as the economic, social and political consequences, of labor mobility and migrant workforce; 3) building a platform of stakeholders that will function after the completion of the project and ensure its long-term sustainability.


The main project activities will combine policy research and analysis, regional and interregional forums, trainings in strategic planning and advocacy, networking, and development of strategic reports.

The project will be implemented in 3 target regions in Northern Bulgaria - Vratza, Pleven and Veliko Tarnovo, and will contribute to 1) empowering business communities to utilize untapped human capital and take advantage of labor mobility opportunities, 2) mobilizing people toget involved in economic and communal activities, and 3) boosting local development by introducing new avenues for employment and volunteering.


Support for the Institute for Regional and International Studies is provided by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The statements and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the Institute for Regional and International Studies and do not necessarily reflect the views of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

America for Bulgaria Foundation is an independent, non-governmental, non-partisan foundation that works in partnership with Bulgarian organizations and institutions to strengthen the private sector and democratic institutions in the country. To learn more about the America for Bulgaria Foundation visit: www.us4bg.org.

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.


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