When the new facilities, vocational trainings and municipal service supports make a region stronger

Aug 1, 2018

The collaboration between UNDP, GAP RDA and the Government of Japan scored prominent results in Southeast Anatolia

Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep are two provinces in Southeast Turkey where the ratio of Syrians in relation to the local population exceeds 19 percent and the needs of the both population as well as municipal infrastructure are increasing constantly. So are the responses too.

A long-term project named “Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia” is funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the UNDP and GAP Regional Development Administration since 2016 in Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay, the provinces where the influx of Syrians heavily affected. During the implementation of the project, from the beginning to the end, local institutions, municipalities worked in close collaboration to deliver effectively vocational trainings, social cohesion activities and municipal services supports. Throughout 2 years, most comprehensive vocational trainings in the region were held for 1,750 people in 33 different fields, 2 waste transfer stations in Birecik, Hatay-another province in the region- were constructed and municipal services and infrastructure were supported in 4 provinces Kilis, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa and Hatay.

A group of high-level representatives from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of Japan, Şanlıurfa Governorship, Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, GAP Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA) and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality came together to reveal these prominent outcomes of their long-term partnership on 27th July.

As one of the remarkable achievements of the project, in partnership with Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality and municipal enterprise BELTUR, at the “Local Food Production, Freezing and Packing Facility”, 10 Syrian and 10 Turkish women were provided with job-trainings and employed after the trainings. Thanks to the production facilities and trainings, trainings on marketing, storage and logistical support, local tastes specific to Şanlıufa are now being produced more in quantity, in an efficient and hygienic way as well as with the closer goal to be known among international cuisines.

Mrs Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, UN Resident Representative, Mr. Akio Miyajima, Ambassador of Japan in Turkey, Mr. Viorel Gutu and Mr. Sadrettin Karahocagil, President, GAP Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA), visited the “Hard-working Hands Social Facility of the Municipality”, that was established with the support of the project and met with the Syrian and local employees.

Strenghtening both individual and institutional capacities

The facility was one of the various supports of the Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia Project that provided vocational trainings in 33 fields on agriculture, service and industry for 1,750 Syrians and locals as well as strengthened municipal capacities and fostered social cohesion in Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Hatay and Kilis.

The high-representatives visiting the facility got together with the beneficiaries among which Syrian woman Friyal Şahab defined their experience as “a place where they find an opportunity to produce both delicious goods and friendship”.

At the visit, Mrs Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, UN Resident Representative said: “Empowering women is empowering the whole society. As UNDP Turkey, we invest in strengthening capacities of both individuals and institutions, in support of the government and close cooperation with local authorities and with the help of our donors”

A new waste transfer station for healthier environment for over 95,000 people in Birecik, Şanlıurfa

Added to the livelihoods’ improving initiatives, as part of the 10,1 million USD project, the multi-sided collaboration helped the infrastructure development, the procurement of required equipment and technical support for the management and future planning of waste infrastructure development in the project areas. With these supports, 3,750,000 Syrians and locals benefit from improved municipal services in in the 4 provinces.

Birecik waste transfer station, has been one of the remarkable achievements to provide healthier environment and better services for increasing population. The waste transfer station was constructed to alleviate the pressure faced by the Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality in waste transfer collection and management.

The high-level representatives participated in the inauguration ceremony in Birecik where the waste transfer station will facilitate efficient transport of 70 tons of solid waste per day for over 95,000 people living in the district. Out of solid waste transferred   MW/h electricity will be produced that can power as many as 2,00 homes. Together with the vehicles delivered, the municipality’s capacity for efficient transfer of solid waste was significantly increased.

Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality’s urban infrastructure and public services made more secure with vehicles’ support

Besides the solid waste management and consultancy supports, the project helped strengthening the capacities of metropolitan municipality of Gaziantep to respond to the increase in demand for public services.  Since the population increase in Gaziantep has put an extreme strain on existing facilities, making providing public services by the provincial administrations an important challenge to respond.  Therefore, within the scope of the project, 9 vehicles were delivered to Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality that hosts over 390,000 Syrians which is 19,46 % of the city’s population.

The vehicles delivery ceremony was held in Gaziantep, with the participation of Mrs Mayor, Fatma Şahin, Mr. Sadrettin Karahocagil, GAP RDA President, Mr. Akio Miyajima, Ambassador of Japan and Mrs Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, UN Resident Representative.

At the ceremony, Mrs Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, UN Resident Representative said “As the Syrian population increased, the needs of both Syrian and host communities call for longer term, durable solutions. With our supports, the city and its people are now feeling more secure. We joined our forces with our partners and donors for leaving no one behind”

A new joint project will foster business development

In the region of provinces most affected by the influx of Syrians, further projects will continue to be funded to strengthening the livelihood opportunities, municipal infrastructures and social cohesion for and among Syrians and host communities. UNDP, FAO and UNHCR will work in close coordination to deliver effective and sustainable results in the new initiatives to build upon the achievement of the efforts so far. FAO will also support the BELTUR Facility and economic and social empowerment of women with the new project through vocational trainings.

As a part of the joint project, funded by the Government of Japan, UNDP will be working to foster enterprise development and inclusive business initiatives and developing institutional capacities of the Syrian and local enterprises in the region. Şanlıurfa Technopark will be in specific focus on delivery strategy, practical business models and facilitation of submission of new business initiatives and start-ups.

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