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 included a number of activities: regular internet communication, working meetings, consultations. This set of activities was aimed at facilitating the process of developing a model of working tourist exchange in the region of Ludogorie.
Three training modules and one seminar were conducted in Razgrad with the major focus on 1) Basic advocacy tools for local community mobilisation (stakeholder analyses, power mapping, strategy planning, media campaign, coalition building, negotiation and persuasion; monitoring, evaluation and continuation of advocacy process); 2) E-business procedures, regulations, practices and trends; 3) Cultural tourism, fund-raising mechanisms and PR strategies; 4) Networking and coalition building
The project was implemented in closed cooperation with representatives of the Center for Ethno-Cultural Studies, Razgrad, Municipality of Razgrad, journalists from the local media and National Park “Sborianovo”.
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).
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 aim was to establish Youth Community Council in the Municipality of Zavet as a consultative body to the local authorities.
The project aimed at developing and implementing working models of lobbying which represent organized local/municipal, civic and entrepreneurial interests.