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Türkiye-UNDP Partnership

Türkiye Partnership

Türkiye’s emerging donor role in development gained momentum after the signature of a Partnership Framework Agreement with UNDP in 2011.

Globally, Türkiye is a contributor to UNDP’s core resources and the co-founder of the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD).

At the regional level, Türkiye has been supporting the implementation of UNDP’s Regional Programme for Europe and the CIS in addition to hosting the Istanbul Regional Hub. The country also funded development projects in Least Developed Countries, such as implementing smart governance system in Benin, establishing renewable energy grid in DRC, enhancing gender accountability in private sector Rwanda, building resilience among youth in Angola and strengthening early warning systems and incorporating UXO risk education in Lao PDR.

In Europe and Central Asia, Türkiye through its contributions to UNDP’s Regional Programme for Europe and the CIS has supported a vast number of projects, including disaster risk reduction activities in Bosnia & Herzegovina, creation of a health procurement agency in Ukraine and activities to prevent violent extremism in Kosovo1.

The SDG Impact Accelerator (SDG IA) is an innovative multi-stakeholder platform that harnesses the potential of collaboration across sectors and disciplines and leverages the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to address the challenges that refugees face every day.

Jointly launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye, UNDP and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2018, it has attracted other partners since, including the World Food Programme, Qatar Fund for Development, Limak Group and Eczacıbaşı Group. 

During the prototyping period in 2019, among others, entrepreneurs developed solutions for refugees to have access to livelihood opportunities through Digital ID systems.

[1] all references to Kosovo on this website are made in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)