Our Stories

  • Ombudsman Institution Met With NGOs and Citizens at Eskişehir
    Dec 7, 2017

    Project for Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Ombudsman Institution implemented with the partnership of UNDP and Ombudsman Institution held its 5th and last Regional Meeting in Eskişehir with wide participation.

  • Building a new future without forgetting the past: A portrait of and enduring commitment and empowerment
    Oct 10, 2017

    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
    Sep 27, 2017

    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.

  • Working for the Common Good
    Jul 25, 2017

    Certain works for development touch more areas than intended or anticipated. Integrated forest management is one such example. This approach holds a particular standing among development areas in that it reminds us how important forests are. Forest management is perhaps the area where common good is highest.

  • Apr 6, 2017

    Kars and environs are known in Turkey for animal husbandry, harsh topography, high elevation, long and relentless winters, and rather short productive seasons. The region raises a major part of fattened livestock in Turkey. That said, is Kars good only for animal husbandry, or will the region cave in to the prevalent harsh ecological conditions?

  • Feb 8, 2017

    Yıldıray Lise is a biologist that has been working on nature conservation and sustainable nature resources for the last 20 years. He is currently the deputy director of Nature Conservation Center, the NGO which is a partner of the GEF project.

  • Jan 26, 2017

    Husham Beyazit is 31 years old, and fled his Syrian hometown, Aleppo to Turkey 4 years ago, together with his parents and one brother. His family currently lives in Mersin but Husham lives in Gaziantep for professional reasons.

  • Firdevs is a young woman living in Uzundere, a small rural town in the Coruh Valley in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. After leaving her hometown for five years to find a job, she found an opportunity to return back home. Firdevs and her friends now work in a women-led association to create an added-value with their home-made products and create new opportunities with increasing tourism activities.

  • Back in 2009, female entrepreneurs in Turkey, with the help of the country’s fashion industry have created an innovative new apparel line - one that also boosts the economic prospects for women in Turkey’s Southeast Anatolia region.

  • Asiye Kürklü, 47, had spent much of her adult life as a wife and mother, raising her two children. Although she was making artisanal handicrafts and selling them, it was still her husband who provided for the family. As she wanted to work as a self-sufficient woman, she joined a women’s association in her village in 2010.

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