İNGEV Kicked Off Preparations for HDI’21!

INGEV has recently begun its local human development and sustainable development measurement studies, covering 2021. Within the scope of the study, 30 metropolitan cities, 51 provinces, and 300 districts will take place.

The academic coordination of the project, which is the most extensive data collection and analysis study in its field, will be carried out by Prof. Murat Şeker, and Neslihan Sezer will be managing the overall coordination of the project.

Within the study, the performance of local governments in terms of Sustainable Development Goals and human development will be measured using a large data set. Both Recognizing and appreciating high-performing local governments are also among the aims of the study.

INGEV has been supporting human development in local governments since 2016.


“We Follow-Up”: Status Update for Entrepreneurs

INGEV organized the second of the “We Follow-Up” program for Ankara, which regularly improves entrepreneurial support. This program aims to understand the current situation of those who have benefited from INGEV’s services such as grants, mentoring, and consultancy in the past and plan and take action accordingly.

While 8 beneficiary entrepreneurs, INGEV project managers, mentors and consultants Renan Burduroglu, Murat Şahin and Soydan Cengiz, and UNDP Turkey project managers attended the Ankara meeting, the benefits of mentoring and grant-type services were evaluated and methods to increase their effectiveness were discussed.

The first program was held with ten young women entrepreneurs in Şanlıurfa, where consultants and Şanlıurfa Support Center staff participated in the meeting together with the President of INGEV.

ActHuman IV Report: “SMEs Play a Key Role in Creating Green Jobs”

“SMEs Play a Key Role in Creating Green Jobs”


“Young Population in Turkey Should Be Oriented to Agriculture for Green Employment”


“The Most Critical Sectors in Green Business for Young Populations Agriculture, Energy, Construction and Tourism”


ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative, a joint initiative of INGEV and Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), held an online report launch meeting to define “Integration from Employment to Production to Climate Policies” and offer social policy recommendations.


Speaking at the ActHuman IV Report Launch, INGEV President Vural Çakır underlined the importance of creating another perception of the good life for all human beings:


“We must keep on the agenda the importance of creating another perception of the good life that doesn’t match with consumption. 


We know that our planet is under tremendous and now visible threat, and global warming affects those with low living standards the most.


We focus on the vigorous implementation of the green transformation. Achieving the green transition without creating a new inequality zone between developed and developing countries and between the high-income and middle and lower classes is necessary.


One of the key messages of this recent UN Climate summit #COP26 was that public leadership should prioritize people’s needs and listen to green spokespeople. Protecting the purchasing power of the people and ensuring the green transformation of the construction sector were also priorities. 


Ensuring the safe and just transition of SMEs, which are the primary source of employment, is one of the most critical issues in our country.


I conclude all my talks about climate by emphasizing the backstage. We are in a period of human age where human beings are consumers whose sole mission is to consume. Our perception of the good life has always been determined entirely within the framework of this consumer mission. 


Achieving green transformation is a serious challenge, whilst 7.5 billion people and more than 200 million companies focus on this consumer mission. 


That’s why we need to keep the importance of creating another perception of a good life that doesn’t match with consumption.”


  • Only 2.5% of Total Incentive and Recovery Spending by Governments Worldwide in 2020 is within the scope of Sustainability.
  • Critical Sectors for Green Job Creation in Turkey are Energy, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Construction, Transportation Service, and Waste Management.
  • The Circular Economy, the Supply Chain Channel, and the Twin Transformation Have a Big Role in the Green Job Creation Process.
  • SMEs Have a Huge Contribution to Employment in Creating Green Jobs.
  • Sectoral Differences in Policies should be considered, not adversely affecting women’s employment in Green Job Opportunities.
  • While creating green employment, it is critical to develop policies that will direct the youth to the agricultural sector in Turkey due to the aging agrarian population in Turkey.
  • The Green Business Sectors with the Highest Potential for Youth are Agriculture, Energy, Construction, Tourism and Environmental Services.
  • To create Green Employment, vocational and technical education curricula should be updated, and road maps should be created for sectors where green work can be implemented.
  • To realize the green transformation in Turkey, incentives in this field should be increased and incentive mechanisms should be provided.

Click for ActHuman IV Report (Only in Turkish)

Click for ActHuman IV Report Launch Presentation (Only in Turkish)


INGEV Offers Entrepreneurship Services on Telegram

Hosting over 2,100 refugee entrepreneurs, INGEV Telegram group is one of the largest refugee entrepreneurship ecosystems in Turkey.

The group shares valuable information daily for business owners about finance, law, business development and digitalization under the “A Recommendation A Day” program.

The group also helps refugee business owners understand terminology in Turkish laws and regulations through the “Did You Know?” program. It also conducts surveys, the results of which help identify business needs and shape the agenda.

“Fifth Season: Is a Total Combat Possible against Climate Change and Disasters in Turkey?”

“The Fifth Season: Is a Total Combat Possible Against Climate Change and Disasters in Turkey?” Conducted online on November 17, 2021.

The webinar started with the opening speeches of the representatives of four institutions, İNGEV, Habitat Association, TEPAV & TURKONFED.

Vural Çakır, President of INGEV, stated that people only understand a life based on consumption, and also, an individual is defined only as a consumer, destroyed more nature, and caused disasters in the last century. Reminding that it is possible to establish another life on earth, Çakır noted that a significant transformation and social behavior change are necessary.

Noting that the Paris Climate Agreement has converted this struggle into a permanent agenda, Çakır underlined the need to act in coordination. In coordination with the central & local governments, universities, CSOs, and other local initiatives to combat the climate crisis as a whole.

In this context, he highlighted that “Are We Changing?” is an excellent example to raise awareness and call institutions for total combat.

After Çakır’s speech, the video messages of TEPAV Executive Director Ms. Şenay Akyıldız, Habitat Association Chairman Mr. Sezai Hazır and TÜRKONFED President Mr. Orhan Turan were released.

Following the opening speeches, UNDP Turkey Climate Change and Environment Portfolio Manager Nuri Özbağdatlı evaluated Turkey’s performance in disaster management. Özbağdatlı stated that according to 2021 data, one person in every 33 people in the world needs humanitarian aid or protection due to climate change and conflicts. Drawing attention to the importance of risk-based disaster management, Özbağdatlı has underlined the UN’s five defining areas of difficulty for each country.

  1. Current carbon footprint reduction methods cause unmanageable disasters.
  2. Delays in establishing risk-based national adaptation plans.
  3. Inability to manage long-term risks and aftershocks.
  4. Investment and financial systems are not suitable for the new climate agenda.
  5. The further consolidation of inequalities stems from the vicious circle between vulnerability and inequality.

Özbağdatlı, who also offered some policy suggestions to overcome these difficulties, stated that the political will should first be aware of these difficulties.

Webinar continued with the panel moderated by TEPAV Regional and Urban Studies Consultant Dr. Asmin Kavas Bilgiç.

In the panel titled “Where Are We in Climate Change and Disaster Management in Turkey: Challenges, Solutions”, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Forestry Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Doğanay Tolunay, Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Savaş Zafer Şahin and Istanbul Technical University Meteorology and Disaster Management Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Mikdat Kadıoğlu took the floor.

Talking about what kind of method should be used to combat disasters in Turkey, the panelists also conveyed what type of governance should be established between the central administration and local institutions for this struggle.

Click to watch the event. (Only in Turkish)

Path to Social Cohesion

“We Follow Up”: Status Update for Entrepreneurs

INGEV is one of the few organizations in Turkey that supports entrepreneurial development through a range of programs, including a new pilot project. It also prioritizes a collaborative relationship with its beneficiaries and regularly updates its programs accordingly. Towards that end, INGEV holds meetings with sample groups of entrepreneurs to gain an in-depth understanding of their challenges and needs. This ensures that support is targeted and effective. One such meeting was held with 10 young female entrepreneurs in the month of October. INGEV’s president was in attendance, and was accompanied by advisors and Sanliurfa Support Center staff at the We Follow Up meeting.

Young Entrepreneurs Work Together at Start-up Weekend “Against Climate Crisis and Disasters”

Young individuals from across the country got together at the “Young Initiatives against Climate Crisis and Disasters” Start-up Weekend on September 25 and 26 to find solutions to global climate crisis and environmental disasters.

Young entrepreneurs divided into teams on the first day and sought to find solutions to global issues, guided by mentors and facilitators.

Groups appeared before the jury on the second day, after having attended a training on presentation techniques. A total of 18 groups competed for the top prize with a three-minute pitch.

The ranking after the jury voted were as follows:

First Place: Gel-Götür (Come and Get It) to deliver products nearing expiration to prevent food waste

Second Place: Scavengers, organizing scientific workshops by utilizing functioning parts of electronic waste

Tied for Third Place: Hurmaco, producing coffee from date seeds, and TOFI, collecting heirloom and local seeds and supporting refugees’ employment in the local agriculture sector.

Over 100 young entrepreneurs from various cities took part in the Start-up Weekend, organized with by INGEV in cooperation with UN Development Program and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

How does Social Trust affect the Covid-19 Response in Turkey?

The Human Development Monitor (IGM) research, carried out in collaboration with the INGEV Center for Social Studies and Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication, examined the perceptions and attitudes towards common good in Turkey and how it affects the response to Covid-19.

Although compliance with coronavirus measures may seem like an individual choice at first glance, it is actually a socially adaptive behavior that moves in parallel with the behaviors of others. Knowing what priorities and sensitivities others have affects our own behavior. Within the scope of Covid-19 measures, we wear our mask in a way that covers our mouth and nose in closed environments. In doing so, we feel that we are protecting ourselves and others from spread of the virus. Because we are so sensitive to their health and the common good of society, we think that others will be equally sensitive towards our health and thus we feel safe. However, the extent to which this dynamic will play out depends on the level of trust among individuals in the society as well as the similarity of their understanding of what constitutes common good.

Authored by Professor Halil Nalcaoglu (Dean, Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication), the white paper based on the Human Development Monitor examines the relationship between trust and understanding of common good in Turkey, and presents an assessment on how these affect the response against Covid-19.

Please click on the link below to view the report…

“SME Growth Program” to Support Restructuring

SMEs are the most important actors in the Turkish economy in terms of economic growth, exports and job creation. Restructuring can go a long way towards improving these firms’ capacities.

The “SME Growth Program”, in collaboration with International Labor Organization (ILO), will contribute to the restructuring process of small-scale businesses through business development initiatives and financial support. In addition to using local and international networks, attempts to improve digital transformation will take place in order to maximize productivity, as well as improve SMEs’ competitive edge and working conditions.

The first stage of the SME Growth Program provided mentorship services in accordance with the needs of businesses in the business development and digital transformation fields. Mentors will be working with 30 businesses from various sectors in Istanbul, offered 180 hours of mentorship. Designated digital transformation areas will be financed after these mentorship services. During the second stage of the program financial support up to 30,000 TL for eight businesses will be available.

The SME Growth Program is financed by the ILO Office for Turkey.