Our Stories

  • Building a new future without forgetting the past: A portrait of and enduring commitment and empowerment

    Have you ever thought you could be a professional in teaching a language you hadn't spoken before and make a living out of it, in an entirely new country? Zine Mahli’s answer is no.

  • From Waste to Fuel

    Server Vural is a biology teacher who was born in Bismil. At the same time he is an entrepreneur who thought over to utilize the agricultural waste of products such as cotton and corn which stays on the ground after harvesting. With its arable lands, Bismil is an important hub for agricultural production and the county provides 22% of cereal production of Diyarbakır.

  • Human Rights Training programme reached out 7,500 conscripts

    ‘Civic Training for Mehmetçik’ project aims to raise the awareness of the young male population of the country as conscious and responsible citizens who are respectful to the rights of one another and are more sensitive about protection of their physical environment.

  • Budgeting for gender equality in Turkey

    How would life be different if women’s needs were taken into account when planning public spending?

  • Support to the further implementation of local administration reform

    Local administration reform initiatives of Turkey stands in the midst of the robust reform agenda of the Government of Turkey, with an aim of strengthening the basis for citizen-centered service delivery with an increased responsiveness to the expectations and needs of the disadvantaged groups, improved efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability in the public administration system, last but not least for reinforced grounds for pluralistic and participatory democratic order.

  • Score: Victory of Girls

    Summer 2011. In a low income area of the capital city, Ankara, a 15 year old girl Yasemin was utterly disappointed and scared. Her new step mother did not want to live with her. She was sent to her aunt’s house, additionally, being forced to quit school and to get married to a man who she even did not know the name. Yasemin was supposed to start her high school education in autumn. However the facts she faced seem not to be solved easily, the young girl is being seen as a burden to everyone around her. Yasemin says “If I was a boy, I am sure, things could have been much different.”

  • ‘Future We Want’ in Turkey’s coasts protected

    Mehmet Doğan is a fisherman in Akyaka, a coastal township in southwestern Turkey. He had worries whether he or his children can continue depending on fishing for a decent life as animal species and their habitats are endangered due to over exploitation of resources and overutilization of coastal areas he is living in.

  • Moving towards climate-friendly development

    Ten years ago, only a dozen Turkish Government officials worked on climate change issues. Today, over 300 officials work in the field, and national policies exist to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

  • Lighting the Way to Sustainability

    Turkey is well known as one of the cradles of human civilization, bridging Europe and Asia. But it is also home to a rich array of plant, animal and other species, with three globally recognized biodiversity hotspots. Caring for its natural resources, in the face of a worldwide decline in species, is a national and global priority.

  • How Turkey’s youth are taking control of their finances - and their future

    Halil Ünsal is a college graduate with a background in finance. During college, although he was taking intensive math and business courses, he was not confident that he was learning how to manage his own personal finances, let alone understand the broader concepts behind financial management.

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