De­vel­op­ing Turk­ish civil so­ci­ety


The en­deav­ors to boost the de­vel­op­ment of Turk­ish civil so­ci­ety and in­crease demo­cratic in­volve­ment -- or, in other words, to in­crease the in­volve­ment of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions -- in in­sti­tu­tional de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses. STGM dif­fers from other NGOs in the sense that it works to sup­port and im­prove the work of other NGOs and thus de­velop Turk­ish civil so­ci­ety as a whole

(Civil So­ci­ety De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, STGM) is a po­lit­i­cally in­de­pen­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion that aims to sup­port and as­sist non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions in Tur­key. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s vi­sion is a strong and demo­cratic Turk­ish civil so­ci­ety; it aims to en­hance par­tic­i­pa­tion and democ­racy within civil so­ci­ety, to strengthen or­ga­ni­za­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and au­ton­omy and to al­low civil so­ci­ety to have a voice in po­lit­i­cal pro­cesses through ad­vo­cacy, cam­paigns, re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and lob­by­ing work within its pri­or­ity ar­eas. The mis­sion of STGM is to: • Help raise pro­duc­tiv­ity by work­ing on in­for­ma­tion, eco­nomic po­ten­tial and courage de­fi­cien­cies in NGOs.

• Build up a civil so­ci­ety map and data­base, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work, pro­mote ef­forts to cre­ate na­tional NGO plat­forms and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties that will re­vi­tal­ize the shar­ing of all kinds of in­for­ma­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween NGOs.

• An­nounce the works of and carry out the lob­by­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of NGOs through the use of mass media, thereby ce­ment­ing civil ini­tia­tives by in­cen­tiviz­ing so­cial entrepreneurship and rais­ing so­cial aware­ness.

• In­clude NGOs in de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses and de­velop their di­a­logue with the public, en­sur­ing in­sti­tu­tional de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity. In ad­di­tion, STGM al­lows them to at­tain ex­pe­ri­ence and trans­fer these ex­pe­ri­ences by es­tab­lish­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, form­ing con­nec­tions, sus­tain­ing these con­nec­tions and strength­en­ing NGOs’ in­sti­tu­tional in­fra­struc­ture through build­ing their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and hu­man re­sources and or­ga­ni­za­tional, ad­min­is­tra­tive, fi­nan­cial and le­gal in­fra­struc­tures.

• Col­lab­o­rate with in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions with sim­i­lar ob­jec­tives and join net­works that will serve to de­velop STGM’s func­tions.

• De­velop meth­ods so that the means of sup­port for NGOs are pro­duc­tive, fair and pol­icy-ap­pro­pri­ate.

STGM sup­ports the work of NGOs ac­tive in the fields of gen­der equal­ity, chil­dren’s rights, hu­man rights, youth, en­vi­ron­ment, dis­abil­ity and cul­tural rights and cul­ture and the arts. Aside from the ob­jec­tives men­tioned above, the or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to pro­vide dig­i­tal em­pow­er­ment pro­grams to al­low NGOs to use ad­vo­cacy and or­ga­ni­za­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties that the dig­i­tal world has opened for civil so­ci­ety more ef­fec­tively.

Through its many publi­ca­tions, the cen­ter

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