“Volunteering for Refugee Protection: Strengthening refugee assistance services in Turkey”

 

 

 

 

Click here to download the project's final publication:

 

'Paving the way for refugees in Turkey:

from reception to durable solutions'

During the 19 months implementation, the ‘Refugee Service Delivery’ project witnessed how citizen engagement and volunteering have rapidly grown in the country - this report provides an overview of refugee needs and services in Turkey as well as highlights innovative good practices in volunteering, refugee protection and inclusion. A final chapter sheds light on the culture of volunteering in Turkey, summarizes tools and best practice exchange on receiving and integrating refugees – in both Turkey and the EU - and gives practical recommendations with respect to engaging volunteers in refugee service delivery in Turkey.

 

 

ICMC Europe and HRDF lead EU-Turkey Civil Society Dialogue project

Following SHARE Network activities in the field of volunteering for refugees, ICMC Europe and project partner Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) partner in the project:

“Refugee Protection and Service Delivery Dialogue – Strengthening Partnerships to Respond to Syrian Refugee Needs”.

The project is part of the EU –Turkey Civil Society Dialogue programme, bringing together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between organisations.

The ‘Refugee Protection and Service Delivery Dialogue’ project, supports the setting up of Turkish civil society organisations' volunteering programmes for Syrians under temporary protection status and other refugee groups; exchange of best practices to strengthen refugee protection and integration in Turkey; and provides a platform for participants to network, exchange and build relationships to support durable solution for refugees in Turkey and the European Union.

 

List of activities / conferences in Turkey and Italy





  Objectives

Participants

Location

Dates 2016-17

European Exchange Visit

  • support planning and coordination of Turkish civil society organisations' volunteering programmes;
  • explore common challenges, opportunities and approaches to volunteering, refugee protection and integration in Turkey; and
  • provide a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas and build relationships to assist in the future development of creating durable solutions for refugees in Turkey and the European Union.

30 participants (10 EU / 20 TR): Turkish and European NGOs, national and local government authorities, UNHCR and local service providers

Istanbul

4-6 April

Roundtable meeting

  • support planning and coordination of Turkish civil society organisations' volunteering programmes;
  • Developing an understanding of the priorities, strengths and challenges of individual regional and local contexts, through site visits, research and intensive dialogue with relevant actors;
  • provide a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas and strengthen local partnerships and communication.

40 local stakeholders (10 EU / 15 TR): national and European NGOs, central government authorities and local service providers (including local governments).

Eskisehir

14-15 July

European Exchange Visit

  • showcase planning and coordination of European civil society organisations' volunteering programmes;
  • explore common challenges, opportunities and approaches to volunteering, refugee protection and integration in the EU and Turkey; and
  • provide a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas and build relationships to assist in the future development of creating durable solutions for refugees in Turkey and the European Union.

30 participants (15 EU / 15 TR): Turkish and European NGOs, national and local government authorities, UNHCR and local service providers

Milan

23-25 November

Final Conference

  • support planning and coordination of Turkish civil society organisations' volunteering programmes;
  • Developing an understanding of the priorities, strengths and challenges of individual regional and local contexts, through site visits, research and intensive dialogue with relevant actors;
  • provide a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas and strengthen local partnerships and communication.

50 stakeholders: national and European NGOs, central government authorities, UNHCR and local service providers (including local governments).

Ankara

9 May 2017

 

For more information on the Refugee Service Delivery project, its tools and resources,

contact Programme Manager Magdalena Boehm (ICMC Europe) at boehm@icmc.net.