Fact sheet - IPA II: how to support CSOs providing services to refugees along the Western Balkan route

This fact sheet lays out the results of a consultation launched by SOLIDAR among the members of the IRIS Network, a regional network that brings together CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans. The IRIS network has been founded in the framework of the EU-funded project “Improving the provision of Social Service Delivery in South Eastern Europe through the empowerment of national and regional CSOs”, implemented by the consortium of LIR CD BiH, OGI Croatia, EDC Serbia, SOS telephone Podgorica, Montenegro, CLARD Kosovo, ARSIS Albania, ASYD FYROM, and SOLIDAR- led by ASB Germany.

The consultation aimed at assessing the main needs and challenges for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in the Western Balkans, with a focus on services and support delivered to refugees on the move along the Western Balkan route. Therefore, the fact sheet presents recommendations on how to make the best use of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) to strengthen the civil society and social service provision in the Western Balkans.