“Local Impact”: Istanbul’s Social Inclusion Map is Out!

In municipal governance, social inclusion plays a crucial role in ensuring the active participation of all sections of society in urban life. Through inclusive practices, communities can benefit more from city planning and local government services.

INGEV launched the “Local Impact” project at the end of 2023 to better represent sensitive groups in metropolitan and district municipalities.

As part of the project, a social inclusion map website featuring 670 organizations that provide social inclusion services was created. Social inclusion training videos will also be available on this website from mid-May.

https://yereletki.org (only in Turkish)

During March and April, Idea Development Workshops were conducted in collaboration with the Eyüpsultan, Sultanbeyli, Fatih, and Sultangazi municipalities. These workshops identified disadvantaged groups in the districts and determined their basic needs, discussing the most effective and innovative support the municipalities could offer these groups. Another focus was on increasing the role of civil society organizations in these services. The workshops will continue in May and June in collaboration with different district municipalities.

Another outcome of this project will be the Social Inclusion Guide, to be published in September. The guide will be disseminated in both print and e-book formats to local governments. Supported by the Dutch Royal Embassy’s Matra Fund, the “Local Impact” project serves a critical function in understanding the conditions of sensitive groups living in different local government areas and developing action steps accordingly.

The views expressed here are those of İNGEV and should not be considered as the official views of the Dutch Royal Embassy.

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