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Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey 2021

May 31, 2022

This study is a continuation of the research on individual giving and philanthropy in Turkey conducted in 2004, 2015 and 2019 by TÜSEV. The main goals of this research are to provide an overview of: individuals' perceptions of civil society organisations in Turkey; their engagement with CSOs; giving practices, and to track behaviors and trends in these areas through time. For this study as for previous ones, the authors and research team have collected and analysed data from interviews with a representative sample of the voting-age population in Turkey. The fieldwork for this report focused on the year before October-November 2021, a period of significant challenges including Covid-19, lockdowns and natural disasters. The authors take into account the impact of these events in their evaluation of how both the giving behavior and the attitude toward civil society and philanthropic activities in general have developed and changed. The report also provides a comparative analysis of the change that took place in the field of individual giving in Turkey over a 15-year period.Previous studies can be accessed from TÜSEV website: https://www.tusev.org.tr/en/research-andpublications/online-publications

The Unfreedom Monitor: A Methodology for Tracking Digital Authoritarianism Around the World

April 1, 2022

Digital communications technologies have been a powerful tool in the advancement of democratic governance, but in recent years there is concern that they are being used to undermine democracy as well. The Unfreedom Monitor, part of Global Voices' Advox project, aims to study and report on this growing phenomenon. This briefing document provides an overview of key developments in digital authoritarianism in a sample of 10 countries, while explaining the theoretical framework and methodology behind the project. The document also provides a basis for expanding this research to other countries so we can deepen our understanding of digital authoritarianism globally as well as its crucial implications for the future.

An Analysis of the Application of Financial Action Task Force Recommendations and its Implication on Civil Society in Turkey

February 28, 2021

This information note sheds light on the policies and safeguards suggested by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) against terrorist financing, money laundering, and financing of weapons of mass destruction and discusses theirimpact on civil society activities in Turkey. The Law on the Prevention of Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (hereinafter referred to as "the Law") which entered into force on December 31, 2020; aims to mitigate these risks and comply with the FATF principles; however, these new measures will severely restrict civic space and stifle the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs). This document focuses on anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) standards for civil society that were introduced by the FATF and analysis of the Law from the point of view of FATF Standards. It provides brief information about the FATF and mutual evaluation process, putting Turkey's membership to the FATF in perspective, and offering details of the Law and its analysis with regard to the FATF.  

The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Civil Society Organizations Operating in Turkey Survey Report II

October 1, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which was classified as a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by WHO (the World Health Organization), have an adverse impact on the activities of civil society organizations like many other sectors. TUSEV came together with stakeholders from civil society at certain stages of the process; created platforms for sharing knowledge and experience related to the ongoing situation. As an output of these discussions - and to use the results in the planning of advocacy activities to be tailored for different stakeholders; TUSEV created the Survey on The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Civil Society Organizations Operating in Turkey, to determine the common problems experienced by CSOs during this period in a more participatory manner. In total, 170 CSOs participated in the survey, the first phase of which was conducted between April 10 and 15, 2020. The results of the survey were evaluated by stakeholders from different parts of civil society under the coordination of TUSEV.The ongoing epidemic has created the necessity of monitoring the current status of civil society organizations and determining their changing needs. In this context, the second phase of the survey has been designed. The survey consisted of 39 questions under six topics (General Questions, Current Resources, Impact of COVID-19 on Your Organization, Grants and Funds, Aids and Donations and Employment and Sustainability), which were answered by 141 CSO representatives, between August 11 and 19, 2020. This report provides a comparative evaluation of both surveys.

The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Gender Equality: Problems and Solutions : Meeting Final Report

June 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the current social problems and intensified inequalities, having destructive effects in terms of women's rights and gender equality. This meeting report reflects exchanges between 29 organizations working in the field of gender equality, in order to share the concerns about women  and girls.In the first part of the meeting which started with the opening speech of the Chair of Sabancı Foundation Board of Trustees Güler Sabancı, field observations and foresights about the pandemic's effects in  terms of gender equality in the world and Turkey were shared. In the second part of the meeting, solution and suggestions for collaborations were discussed in three break-out sessions: "Violence", "Economy,  Employment, Entrepreneurship" and "Gender Equality, Education, Participation". 

The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Civil Society Organizations Operating in Turkey Survey Report

April 1, 2020

Measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which was classified as a pandemic on March 11th, 2020 by WHO (the World Health Organization), have an adverse impact on the activities of civil society organizations like many other sectors. TUSEV came together with stakeholders from civil society at certain stages of the process; created platforms for sharing knowledge and experience related to the ongoing situation. As an output of these discussions - and with the objective of using the results in the planning of advocacy activities to be tailored for different stakeholders; TUSEV created the Survey on The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Civil Society Organizations Operating in Turkey, to determine the common problems experienced by CSOs during this period in a more participatory manner. The survey included 34 questions in total with the following titles: General Questions, Current Resources, the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Organization, Grants and Funds, Aids and Donations and Employment and Sustainability. The survey was conducted online, remained available on 10-15th April 2020 and, in total, 170 CSO representatives responded.

European Philanthropy at the Nexus of Disability and the SDGs

December 1, 2019

This publication, jointly elaborated by Fundación ONCE and the European Foundation Centre, focused on how the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a framework for foundations to develop their action on disability inclusion. The publication includes key reflections on this topic as well as examples and testimonies of eleven relevant foundations from nine countries -France, UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Turkey and Georgia. The publication has been developed in the framework of Disability Hub Europe, an initiative led by Fundación ONCE with the co-funding of the European Social Fund.

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy - Turkish Version

November 19, 2019

From a description of various forms of individual giving to the growing importance of community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving, the current report is an effort to bring back the diversity of the field of philanthropy at the center of the debate, by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The report also raises some of the questions and issues most critical and central to its development – from technology and shrinking civic space to power dynamics within philanthropy practice and concepts, to the evolving role and form of philanthropy infrastructure.

Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development The Civil Society Environment in Turkey 2017 Report

July 2, 2018

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) published the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Turkey Country Report 2017, prepared in line with the Monitoring Matrix methodology. Developed under the Monitoring Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development Project coordinated by Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) through 2012 and 2016, the Monitoring Matrix Methodology analyses the state of civil society in terms of Basic Legal Guarantees of Freedoms, CSO Financial Viability and Sustainability, and Government-CSO Relationship.

Responding to the ECEC Needs of Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe and North America

April 1, 2018

This report explores the findings of a nine-country study of ECEC policies and practices designed to serve young children of refugees and asylum seekers. It draws on fieldwork conducted in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States—major host countries with varied refugee and asylum-seeker populations, migration-management policies, and ECEC systems—to highlights both common challenges and promising practices.

Giving Refugees a Voice: Independent Evaluation

March 5, 2018

This report presents the results of an independent evaluation of the Giving Refugees a Voice initiative, a pilot project implemented between January 2017 and 2018 by Equiception, Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR Turkey) and an undisclosed technology partner. The initiative, funded by C&A Foundation with a grant of Euros 450,123, aimed to improve the working conditions for Syrian refugees in the apparel sector in Turkey. The pilot initiative used social media monitoring technology to analyse the public Facebook posts of millions of refugees associated with the apparel sector in Turkey. This Social Media Analysis aimed to demonstrate the systematic presence of Syrians working informally in the supply chains of the apparel sector. The purpose of this analysis was to galvanise brands, MultiStakeholder Initiatives, employers, and others to take actions and make changes that would directly improve the working conditions for Syrian men, women and young people in Turkey.

Wastewater Treatment Plants in Rapid Mass Displacement Situations

November 7, 2017

This rapid review report has identified the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) options used in emergency settings, with decentralised wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS) and mobile wastewater treatment units performing most effectively and with minimal costs. Examples are taken from refugee camps and internally displaced people (IDP) settlements due to the Iraq war, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and the civil wars in Syria and Sudan. WWTP options used in Finland, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Sudan and Turkey are discussed. Lessons learned from China and suggestions for the Rohingya crisis are also included.