Digital Activated

Support to SMEs Continues Despite the Pandemic

Entrepreneurship support gained momentum despite the Pandemic in the last quarter thanks to the support of UNDP and other program partners.

INGEV has witnessed a particular increase in work permit issuance, reaching 600 applications. INGEV has also managed to facilitate establishment of 14 new companies.

Within the scope of the project, 76 entrepreneurs have opened their companies so far, 28 of which registered Limited Liability Companies with a total capital of TRY 3.065.000.

INGEV consultants supported more than 100 entrepreneurs by focusing especially on digitalization as remote work, online sales and marketing became essential for Syrian SMEs during the pandemic. Additionally, a new Project in cooperation with UNDP has been launched in September 20’ that will aim to provide comprehensive support to Syrian SMEs in Turkey including digital infrastructure and cash grants, digitalization trainings and hands-on digital marketing support.

No Barriers to Entrepreneurship!

An important threshold was crossed by the “Development of Access to Livelihoods for Persons with Disabilities” project, carried out by INGEV in cooperation with Relief International and with support from PRM. Within the scope of the plan to reach Syrian and Turkish disabled individuals   in Istanbul, who are actively seeking jobs, training on “MS Office Usage” has been conducted in August, as well as “Call Center” workshops in September. In addition, prospective entrepreneurs have begun to take steps to establish their companies to achieve reliable employment and stability. In the coming months, INGEV envisages to increase the number of disabled entrepreneurs who will contribute to production in Turkey and act as models for prospective entrepreneurs throughout the forthcoming training.

Familiarity Breeds Cohesion

INGEV designed and carried out a research to gauge the level of social cohesion in Mardin. Mardin has hosted communities from different religions, languages, and cultures throughout history. As such, the fabric and multi-culturalism of the city contributes to higher social cohesion between local people and refugees. Social cohesion between the host and refugee communities was investigated with respect to various aspects of cohesion such as personal distress variables, and intergroup contact variables. The data collection involved face-to-face interviews with the host community and refugees and in-depth interviews with key informants such as representatives from NGOs and public institutions in Mardin. The research provided recommendations on strategies to further strengthen social integration and cohesion in the city. The findings can also serve as a model for social cohesion activities to be held in other regions around Turkey and world in general.

Innovative Approach to Mentorship

INGEV marked the 2nd year of the “Business Development Mentorship” project in cooperation with the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). With the kick-off meeting held on September 10, mentors met beneficiaries with whom they will work during 4 months, while the latter were introduced to the services, they will receive throughout the project duration.

Bringing together Syrian SMEs from different sectors and leading mentors who are sectorial experts, the project aims to orient   28 Syrian companies to new business networks. The project also supports Syrian SMEs in developing their marketing, business development and sales capacities. The most important advancement in the second year is that INGEV included female Syrian business owners in the project as mentees.

Another essential step is to feature SMEs’ potential in their respective fields and expand their operations through innovative ideas. INGEV innovative approach within mentorship concentrate on boosting turnover and sales, paving the way for branding, an empowered market positioning, enhancing distribution systems and broadening the ecosystem through new-sales goals.

ActHuman III Focus on “Strong Cooperatives”

“Strong Cooperatives for Social Solidarity Economy”, was the 3rd topic of ActHuman joint initiative between INGEV & IPM. Beginning with the advisory board meeting held on August 26. Representatives from the general public, municipalities, production and consumption cooperatives, universities, international organizations and non-governmental organizations attended the meeting. The main discussions of the board revolved around increasing the share of cooperatives for value chains in their fields of activity and improving their financial systems along with administrative management capacities, to increase their efficiency. A workshop was also held on October 15 for further comprehensive discussion of a new vision, financial empowerment, public opinion, supportive legislation, social economy network, sustainable ecosystem and a more active value chain. Social policy recommendations report on “Strong Cooperatives for Social Solidarity Economy” will be published and disseminated on December 2020.

HDI and Measuring SDGs at City Level

INGEV has expanded its study of HDI-D (Human Development Index-Districts), which aims to measure and monitor human development at the local level, to include metropolitan municipalities. The HDI-D study, this year has broadened with new indexes and data sources, while data collection has kicked off for HDI-Districts and HDI/Metropolitan studies. After a series of studies, a set of indicators have been developed to measure SDGs on metropolitan city level. It will be a new standard to asses city performances via sustainable development goals. Both districts and city results will be released latest on January 2021.

High Council Enhances Quality of Administration

INGEV High Council actively initiated strengthening the vision and corporate identity of the NGO to support its development and management. The High Council consists of the following names:

Arda Batu, TURKONFED Secretary General and Board Member; Berrak Kutsoy, Consultant to ESAS Holding Board Chairman and to TOBB Young Entrepreneurs Board; Tal Garih, Strategic Planning Manager of ALARKO Group of Companies; Prof. Dr. Fuat Keyman, Vice-Rector of Sabancı University and Director of Istanbul Policy Center; Prof. Dr. Melsa Ararat, Sabancı Business School Corporate Governance Forum Director and UN Global Compact Turkey Network Board Member; Prof. Dr. Halil Nalçaoğlu, Dean of Istanbul Bilgi University Communication Faculty; and INGEV Board Member Renan Burduroğlu and INGEV Chairman Vural Çakır.

High Council will review Global and local trends of human development, develop strategies to be implemented and advise to the operational management.

Conclusion of the Digital Identity Pilot Test!

Aimed at implementing trade chamber transactions and work permit applications for refugee entrepreneurs, in a blockchain-based platform, the digital identity pilot project has been successfully completed with the cooperation of Dutch technology company Tykn, UNDP and INGEV.

Guide for Digital Citizenship: From Turkey to Global

Digital citizenship is considered as the new challenge for citizens around the Globe. INGEV is addressing this challenge in cooperation with Facebook and Oxford University, to launch the first stage of the project. It will feature a survey to be conducted in 26 cities covering   all of Turkey. Key findings will be incorporated into the digital citizenship white paper, to be drafted by Oxford University. The survey will also detect the areas of improvement from cyber bullying to communication behavior in the digital world along with utilization of e-commerce. The outputs will be shared with the stakeholders in various workshops. The last stage of the project will develop content and tools like video series and handbooks, as well as an awareness campaign on digital citizenship.