About the IARS International Institute

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Who are we?

The IARS International Institute was informally set up in 2001

by a group of young people under the leadership of Theo Gavrielides

to act as an international network on youth matters. Since then

we have expanded our remit and we are now recognised as one

of the wolrd's leading user-led Institutes with a mission

"To give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society."

The Institute has been providing world-class educational, research, policy and networking
services of local, national and international significance. We are focused on empowering the most marginalised communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organisations to achieve, measure and improve their social impact.

We also have a mission to transform young people’s lives by enabling them to have a better future, and participate equally and democratically in civic life. IARS' young people learn to inform policies and practices affecting them whether at a local, regional, national or international level. We are dedicated to helping deliver the EU Youth Strategy by "Investing and Empowering" our young people. To read some of their stories click here

Our constitutional arrangements

The IARS Articles of Association state that the charity is set up "To promote and contribute to the development and civic participation of young people, children and adult members of the community as individuals and members of society by:

  1. Providing an infrastructure, training, guidance and support to enable them to undertake research, studies or other activities to investigate the issues which affect them and;
  2. Encouraging, supporting and facilitating them to acquire a voice in democratic life, and use the useful results of that research and learning to increase awareness and understanding of the issues which affect them including amongst others decision makers, governments, policy makers, service providers and the public".

We deliver our charitable mission: 

  • By empowering marginalised individuals of our society (e.g. young people, abused women, refugees, asylum seeking women, victims, offenders, carers and minority groups) through accredited training, educational programmes, mentoring and one-to-one support;
  • By acting as an internatonal network of youth NGOS bringing together people and ideas, communicates best practice and encourages debates on current social problems
  • By carrying out action research and evaluation that is independent, credible,  peer-reviewed, user-led, focused and current
  • By supporting individuals and grass roots organisations to carry out their own initiatives to shape decision-making and society, and by helping them to maximise their social impact
  • By being an authoritative, independent and evidence-based voice on current social policy matters.

Led by its founder and Director, Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides and staffed with a dedicated team of experts, interns and volunteers, the IARS International Institute is known for its robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth, and have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusioncitizenship, public services and user-led research/ evaluation. 

IARS is guided by is three founding values. To read our story and how we came together as an organisation click here To join the IARS family and to become a member click here Read our 10 Years Impact Report