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  • 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.

  • Supporting Agriculture, Supporting People
    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?

  • Guarding The Real Treasure
    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.

  • Holding Optimism: A Story Of Integration
    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.

  • An earthy alternative to chemical fertilizers

    Earthworms are providing farmers with an appealing, organic alternative to chemical fertilizers in a part of Turkey that suffers from high levels of land and water pollution - with 45 farmers piloting the use of fertilizer made from earthworm waste in western Turkey’s Gediz River basin.

  • In Turkey, online games teach energy efficiency

    Meltem Şengün Ucal, a social scientist and professor at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, brings a different perspective on energy efficiency through a research project raising awareness among female consumers and children.

  • Global Meeting point: styleturkish.com

    Can an internet portal change the ways of foreign trade in Turkey’s textile industry for the benefit of the businesses based in disadvantageous regions? This article attempts to tell the story before and after such a portal was set up with UNDP’s contributions.

  • 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.

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