Protocol for “Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia” project signed

Jan 18, 2017

The Protocol Signing Ceremony of the “Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast AnatoliaProject”, was held in Gaziantep with the participation of the authorities of Gaziantep Municipality and GAP Regional Development Administration on December 16, 2016.  

As regards to officialise the project, a protocol was signed in a meeting with the participation of Fatma Şahin, Gaziantep Mayor, Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Turkey Country Director, Sadrettin Karahocagil, President for Southeastern Anatolia Development Project Regional Development Administration. 

At the beginning of the meeting a presentation on the “Needs and Priorities of Municipality” report prepared by UNDP, Southeastern Anatolia Development Project Regional Development Administration and a committee of Department Heads led by Serdar Tolay, Gaziantep Municipality Assistant Secretary General Serdar Tolay and McKinsey Global Management Consulting Company. Thereafter the presentation, the cooperation protocol ensuring mutual liabilities and responsibilities of the Municipality’s Investments under the scope of the “Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia” Project was signed. 

The overall objective of the Competitiveness Agenda for the Southeast Anatolia (GAP) Region Project is to reduce regional disparities in Turkey, by contributing to the improvement of social stability, equality, economic development and competitiveness of the GAP Region. The project aims at enhancing the underlying productive capacities of the region through two main strategies of sustainable production and entrepreneurship; and three supporting action lines of internationalization, applies technology and clustering.

Coping, Rebuilding, Recovering and Protecting

The aim of the project is to decrease the pressure on local resources of Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa, which are highly impacted by the population influx due to Syrian crisis and to support both local population and Syrians under temporary protection. Primarily, the target is to improve the livelihoods in order to increase the employability of the impacted communities including the Syrians under temporary protection and to provide vocational trainings for industry and service sectors in Gaziantep in order to increase vocational skills for local population and Syrians, to enhance their employability chances and to support livelihoods in the short and long run.

Secondly, with the waste management component, it is planned to provide assistance in enhancing local administrations capacities and provide the local communities and the Syrian population to benefit from the better services.

As one of the development agencies with the largest presence in Syria and the region, UNDP works with affected communities to help them cope, rebuild, recover and protect development gains.