Our Stories

  • Sustainable tourism offers new opportunities for women and for local development in Turkey

    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.

  • A Fashionable Development in Turkey

    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.

  • Welcome to Uzundere, the Secret Gem of Çoruh Valley

    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.

  • Strawberry means sustainable development and employment

    Strawberries of Sason, which provides employment to 353 families in Batman's Sason province and gets reputation for being peculiar to this region, gave its name to a primary school in a village of Sason.

  • In Turkey, fashion creates jobs

    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.

  • 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.

  • One Project, Many Results

    Ankara holds a building, newly completed but not renowned as it deserves: the building of Cezeri Green Technology Technical and Industrial Vocational High School. This building was built with the integrated building design technique, first ever applied in Turkey.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Budgeting for gender equality in Turkey

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

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