In the end, Humanitarian development wins

INGEV Social Research Group is launching the Human Development Monitor (IGM) in May. We want to determine our country’s circumstances and needs by regularly monitoring the components that underlie the concept of human development. While there will be four reporting periods throughout the year, we will kick off the first period of the study by analyzing four important issues with four special reports.

The first report is “human security”. It’s about the extent to which we maintain our daily lives in safety. Could our beliefs, lifestyles, ethnic origins, gender, and ideas become sources security concerns in our daily lives? How safe do we really feel? Our second report is on “refugee perceptions” focusing on how Turkish society perceives refugees in general.  We do have the capacity to manage this vital issue with successful social integration strategies and applications. However there are also serious risks. We need to know that these risks can create dangerous tensions among people on the street.

Confounding an humanitarian issue—as defined by the UN—with domestic policy positions by demonizing Syrians and adopting discriminatory language; narrowing employment opportunities by exploiting Syrians as cheap, unregistered labor; showing open contempt for Syrians in the same way Westerners were once blamed for scorning at Turks are among the risks that may drive up the tensions.

Our third report for the first period will focus on the image of civil society organizations among general public. It will especially center on associations and foundations. In general, we don’t have a strong civil society tradition. On July 15, the NGO links of the attack on democracy also had a negative impact on the perception of the NGOs in society. We should also take into account the fact that some foundations and associations are politicized and use significant levels of public resources unilaterally.

In order to maintain a healthy social functioning, non-governmental organizations that are non-partisan, independent, strong in technical capability, and focused on their solutions, not problems, are able to establish healthy collaborations with governments within this framework. With the NGO image report, it will be possible to understand the development opportunities.Our fourth report aims to understand the extent of a new kind of violence that is growing inwardly; “cyber ​​bullying”. Maybe the number of people who do cyber bullying and those who normalize the situation are not least and do not know that they face cyber bullying. Legal and implementation reflections are not clear yet. We must increase our awareness of cyber bullying.

At INGEV, we always strive to expand our capacity. Our priority is to support the development of livelihoods while the hot summer months await us.

In the last 5 months, we’ve supported the establishment of 50 companies and completed their legal registration and conducted entrepreneurship trainings in 6 cities. While we are supporting companies’ establishment, we also want to ensure that the ones that are established grow and thrive in their respective markets.

Our consultants provided 225 consultancy services on business development, marketing, law, finance and information technologies. We answered over 850 inquiries to our call center.

In recent months, the main agenda of our country was the local elections which gave promising results for INGEV and human development. All the candidates who were in the “very high human development zone” according to INGEV’s  Human Development Index – Districts (HDI-D) and were re-nominated by their party for re-elected. A note to the political parties; If you have a mayor who has shown high performance in human development, nominate him.

The voters ultimately vote for human development indeed,

Best Regards,

Together, Truly

Together, Truly

Human development is a broad concept; it has many variables and there are esteemed civil society groups dedicated to these variables. We at İNGEV first wanted to contribute to the improvement of income distribution, to increase the skilled employment and to fight against poverty. We want to contribute by raising awareness, bringing up recommendations to the decision makers through social policy research and designing and executing projects with which we personally involve.

Growing through development is the main driving force for a happier society. But, we now want that the growth will be comprehensive, and we want to contribute to the fact that lower income groups will benefit more from the growth. The world has now reached a level where the word “growth” cannot be used without its comprehensive definition (inclusive growth). Now, we are at the time where this becomes a measurable goal rather than being a romantic wish.

Conventional capitalism used to believe that the growth of companies and brands was the only necessary function. Afterwards, we saw a period where companies became socialized with corporate social responsibility projects. We are now at the phase of passing to “new company”. We believe that contributing for the comprehensive growth, Gini Index and social responsibility to become the inherent performance criterion of the “new company” will facilitate the human development.

However impatient we are, we are aware that it would take some time for a better İNGEV with effective projects, permanent resources and powerful eco system.

But we don’t mind the distance. We just want to work together and truly with all those who would like to contribute.

Vural Çakır

Chairman, INGEV Foundation