Welcome to the website of the UNDP Representation in Turkey.
UNDP Turkey works for progress in three core areas: 1) capacity building for democratic governance; 2) action and advocacy for poverty reduction; and 3) environment and sustainable development. In addition to these core areas, UNDP Turkey is emphasising the role of women, private sector, capacity development, and information and communication technology in its policies and programmes.
To achieve progress in these areas, 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. We work closely with line ministries to support the efficient implementation of development projects. We also collaborate with other UN agencies present in Turkey to maximise the impact of the UN's activities in the country, including through joint projects on women, youth, internally displaced persons and the Millennium Development Goals.
We are based in Ankara, with project offices in İstanbul, Erzurum, Adıyaman, Mardin, Diyarbakır and Şanlıurfa, through which it implements projects with non-governmental organisations, women and youth groups, the business community, universities, and regional and local administrations to directly address the development issues in these regions. In 2005 UNDP established a Project Office in İstanbul especially to cooperate with the private sector and to support its contribution to Turkey's development goals such as poverty reduction, democratic governance and improvement of environmental sustainability.
In addition to the programmes and projects, UNDP produces National Human Development Reports on a regular basis. The last National Human Development Report (2008) analyses diverse aspects of opportunities that can be provided for youth such as in the fields of education, health, employment and participation and suggests possible areas for action. UNDP also prepares policy reports on issues such as New Poverty and Competitiveness Agenda for the GAP Region, Women's Entrepreneurship and coproduces reports with other UN agencies on subjects such as honour killings in Turkey.
Where our money comes from and what we spend it on
UNDP resources and funding mechanisms fall into two main categories:
- Regular Resources: UNDP resources that are co-mingled and untied. These will include voluntary contributions, contributions from other governmental, intergovernmental or non-governmental sources and related interest earnings and miscellaneous income.
- Other Resources: resources received for specific programme purposes, consistent with the policies, aims and activities of UNDP and for the provision of management and other support services to third parties.
The resources administered by UNDP are constituted of all contributions received and all income earned by UNDP. Contributions may be accepted by UNDP from Governments of States Members of the United Nations, of the specialized agencies and of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as from those organizations and agencies themselves. Other contributions, including those from intergovernmental, non-governmental, or private sector sources, may be accepted by UNDP and utilized for the general support of UNDP or for purposes consistent with those of UNDP.
How do we do business
through leadership and reporting that will increase the amount of knowledge on development as well as the access to knowledge and resources
through supporting and coordinating other UN agencies in order to develop the impact and efficiency of country-wide studies
through projects that aim to answer a specific development problem within a set period
What we aim to accomplish
Joint UN Programmes in Turkey
UNDP Turkey works for Democratic Governance and Growth without Poverty. For more than 50 years the UNDP in Turkey has worked in close partnership with the Turkish government and numerous national and international institutions including NGOs, academics and the business community to find practical solutions to Turkey's Development challenges and manages projects to address them.
To view ongoing projects that are being supported by UNDP, please click here.
Programmatic and Regulatory Documents
UNDP also supports UN joint programmes in Turkey. These programmes, are being encouraged in the context of the reform process that has been ongoing within the UN.
The reform package brought to the agenda by the Secretary-General includes various mechanisms and tools as well as the Common Country Assesment (CCA) and UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). These tools including the Millennium Development Goals, are aimed at supporting national targets and priorities and developing UN's collective assesment and programming capacities.
Link for the UN Joint Programmes in Turkey.
Current management manual for technical co-operation projects (zip file)
UN Coordination System in Turkey
The United Nations presence in Turkey is coordinated through the Resident Coordinator system. This system brings together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations at the country level.
UN agencies officially represented in Turkey: FAO, ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIC, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, WFP and WHO. The Bretton Woods institutions - the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund - also have offices in Ankara and are part of the UNCT.
The work of the UNCT, and in particular the UN agencies that are required to harmonize their programming cycles in Turkey is reflected through the joint implementation strategy called the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The UNDAF is based on The Common Country Assessment (CCA) of the United Nations in Turkey and provides a planning and monitoring framework for the joint efforts of the UN Agencies, Funds and Programs in the country. It is based on two specific elements. On the one hand, the CCA analysis of the national legislative framework and a set of issues and measures relevant to ensuring the implementation of international instruments that Turkey has signed and ratified. On the other, the four cross-cutting issues identified in the CCA:
- Governance and Participatory Development;
- Reduction of Socio-Economic and Regional Disparities;
- Gender Equality; and
- Increased Awareness of the UN Conventions and Increased Mobilization of Human and Financial Resources for Their Implementation
These issues were selected because they are significant to Turkey’s efforts to meet its international commitments, they correspond to the country’s priority development challenges as identified in the Eighth Five-Year Country Development Plan.
The CCA has concluded that the UNDAF should focus on the principal goal of the full implementation of the UN conventions. This goal will be achieved through joint or complementary activities that address the four challenges or cross-cutting issues identified by the CCA.