Middle East and Northern Africa

Turkey 2019

Empowering CSOs through Issue-Based Dialogue and Advocacy

NGO Strengthening


To strengthen Turkish civil society organizations’ (CSOs) effectiveness in facilitating issue-based dialogue and collaboration among diverse organizations. The grantee will enhance CSOs’ capacity for issue-based advocacy and provide strategic guidance on how to maximize the social impact of their work.  A desktop study will analyze a common priority issue for CSO collaboration.

Empowering Independent Voices

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To continue to foster increased transparency and accountability by providing understandable government data to private sector stakeholders and other citizens in Turkey and to promote the participation of local private sector leaders in regional policymaking and economic development decision-making. The center will support independent voices by working with local non-governmental organizations to increase access to information and encourage democratic participation on the local level by civil society.

Investing in a Democratic Future

International Republican Institute (IRI)


To promote political dialogue, policy-driven political debate, and youth inclusion in political decision-making. The institute will conduct public opinion research and present findings to Turkey’s mainline political parties. The institute will continue to train young leaders in political and policy skills, as well as reconnect with recent alumni of the its’ youth programming.

Promoting Freedom of Assembly and Association

Freedom of Association


To raise awareness of the importance of freedom of assembly and to promote legislative reforms protecting the right to peaceful association. The project will strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to effectively monitor freedom of assembly and build a constructive dialogue between civil society actors and public authorities.

Promoting Public Accountability

Accountability and Governance


To promote issue-based political discourse and enhance transparency and accountability in public life. The program will support a fact-checking portal that reports on the accuracy and consistency of statements of elected leaders, candidates for public office, and other officials. The grantee will disseminate its findings to Turkish media and on social networks.

Promoting Transparency and Good Governance

Accountability and Governance


To advocate good governance, accountability and transparency at the local level; and to promote the establishment of mechanisms for accountability and transparency. The project will produce a training manual on transparency and good governance in local administration, train parliamentary staff on legislative mechanisms for promoting local accountability, hold roundtable meetings with policymakers and media on local democracy and transparency, and convene stakeholders to propose recommendations for enhancing local accountability and transparency.

Strengthening Capacity of Turkish Independent Media

Freedom of Information


To advocate for open and independent press and support independent journalists. Project activities will include maintaining a multi-faceted website and engaging journalists to report on press integrity, promoting digital media, supporting investigative journalism, and advocating for freedom of information.  The program will also continue to provide pro bono legal assistance to independent journalists.

Strengthening Free Speech and Independent Journalism

Human Rights


To promote freedom of speech and enhance legal protection for independent journalists and academics. The organization will provide legal assistance for imprisoned journalists and academics as well as others facing trials, increase its monthly prison visits to monitor and report on violations, run an advocacy campaign with other like-minded organizations to free jailed journalists, and support unemployed journalists and academics through commissioned reports and articles.

Strengthening the Private Sector to Combat Corruption through Collective Action

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)


To mobilize private sector stakeholders to coalesce around sector-specific anti-corruption compliance initiatives and to increase the adoption of anti-corruption compliance standards controls and governance systems among individual Turkish businesses. To combat corruption through private sector approaches, the center will institutionalize standards of anti-bribery compliance in key sectors and the broader Turkish marketplace, strengthen anti-bribery compliance controls and governance systems of individual companies in Turkey, and enable democratic learning and the sharing of experiences between Turkish stakeholders and anti-corruption practitioners around the world.

Strengthening Rule of Law

Rule of Law


To strengthen the rule of law and promote good governance and accountability by advocating for structural reforms in key institutions and sectors. The grantee will hold a series of workshops and public events and lead advocacy efforts, together with relevant key actors, that include a media campaign and targeted stakeholder outreach.

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