“Local Impact” for Social Inclusion

In the field of municipal administration, social inclusion is vitally important for enabling individuals from all segments of the community to actively participate in city life. Through inclusive municipal practices, many communities are able to benefit more from urban planning and services, and their quality of life can improve in social harmony.

INGEV has recently started the “Local Impact” (Yerel Etki) project aiming to ensure more comprehensive inclusion of vulnerable groups in both metropolitan and district municipalities without leaving anyone behind.

In the scope of the project, it aims to increase the awareness of social inclusion among mayors and civil society representatives in Bakırköy, Beşiktaş, Eyüpsultan, Sarıyer, Ataşehir, Fatih, Sultanbeyli, Kağıthane, Beykoz, Sultangazi districts and to strengthen the capacities of local governments and non-governmental organizations in this context.

With the “Local Impact” project, a social inclusion mapping website will also be established, creating a website that locates institutions serving in the area of social inclusion across Istanbul. Additionally, training in the area of social inclusion will be video graphed, and a social inclusion guidebook will be prepared and shared with local governments as an e-book in September 2024.

The “Local Impact” project, conducted with the support of the Matra Fund of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will play a critical role in understanding the situation of various sensitive groups living within the boundaries of different local governments and taking appropriate actions accordingly.

The views expressed here are solely those of INGEV and therefore do not in any way represent the views of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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