About us

UNDP in Turkey

What we do

UNDP Turkey works for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Inclusive and Democratic Governance and Climate Change and Environment. For more than 50 years the UNDP has worked in close partnership with the Turkish Government and numerous national and international institutions, including NGOs, academics and the business community.

UNDP supports Turkey's ambitious reform agenda where EU accession figures prominently.

UNDP Turkey aims to find practical solutions to Turkey's development challenges and manages projects together with the Turkish Government and other partners to address them. Since 1986 it has implemented over 80 programs across the country.In addition, the UNDP has played a major role in response to crises and disasters in Turkey and the surrounding region.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP focuses on three portfolio areas through which UNDP will support the implementation of Turkey's development agenda through project implementation and policy advice.

These are: 1) Inclusive and Sustainable Growth; 2) Inclusive and Democratic Governance; and 3) Climate Change and Environment.

In addition to these core areas, UNDP Turkey is emphasizing the role of women, private sector, capacity development and information and communication technology in its policies and programmes.

What are our results?

Here are some results from our projects:

Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

  • Future is in Tourism – Sustainable Tourism Support Fund has supported six projects so far. Women involved these projects improved their skills and competencies with several trainings provided by the Fund. As a result, women were empowered both to be employed in sustainable tourism initiatives, benefit from more employment opportunities in their region and to found their own businesses.
  • ‘Innovations for Women's Empowerment in Southeast Anatolia’ project, with its multiplier effect, helped establish textile factories and ateliers in Southeastern Anatolia, employing over 5,000 people.
  • With 'Market Transformation of Energy Efficient Appliances' project, more than 50,000 household appliance sales staff were enabled to get training on the benefits of energy efficiency. Over 9 million people were reached through public advocacy campaigns.

Democratic Governance

  • With 'Support to the Improvement of Practice of Mediation in Criminal and Civil Justice System in Turkey' project, the awareness of the justice practitioners and the public at large raised through the study tours and information / experience sharing platforms and the 120 lawyer mediators are trained on mediation in civil disputes.
  • The Grant Programme of UN Joint Programme for Promoting the Human Rights of Women have supported CSOs, universities that have a discipline or center in gender studies or local administration to improve their individual and institutional capacities. It have reached out 20 CSO in 10 cities so far.
  • Human Rights Training programme was developed within the framework of 'Civic Training for Mehmetçik'. The programme reached out 7,500 conscripts and trained the conscripts who are in military service on the issues of human rights, gender equality and women’s rights, children’s rights, protection of the environment, general health care, legal empowerment, safe social life, learning and self-development.

Environment and Sustainable Development

  • With 'Strengthening Protected Area Network of Turkey: Catalyzing Sustainability of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas' project, six No Fishing Areas (NFAs) covering 1,914 ha were established in the Gökova SEPA.
  • With 'Strengthening Forest Protected Areas Network of Turkey'
    project, 66,6% of 9 forest hot spots is under legal protection (Baba Dağı, Datça-Bozburun Penisula, Fırtına Valley, Istanbul and Yenice Forests and Küre Mountains).
  • Creation of the Kure Mountains National Park, covering nearly 38,000 hectares and surrounded by a buffer zone of over 134,000 hectares. In 2012, the park became the first in Turkey and the 13th in Europe to be granted an elite PAN Parks certificate.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in Turkey and is the Resident Representative for UNDP in Turkey. 

UNDP Turkey works closely with the Government of Turkey. UNDP seeks to establish partnerships with the central government, local administrations, civil society, academia and private sector to strengthen its contribution to Turkey's development.

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