Funding for Civil Society

Funding for Civil Society

'Why the EU supports civil society in Turkey? "- Michael Rupp

Funding civil society is at the heart of EU financial assistance to support Turkey on its path to accession. The IPA II Country Strategy Paper 2014–2020 is all relevant for civil society and puts together a national, inclusive agenda with a focus on active citizenship and fundamental rights. The power of a pluralist civil society is enabled by financial assistance and ''implies respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the possibility of social and political change.”

The EU joins forces with public sector partners to advocate, set agendas, and leverage support for civil society development. Public sector partners have a catalytic role in areas of the EU's work, for example through projects that strengthen civil society–public sector cooperation in Turkey.

The EU has developed innovative financial mechanisms for rights-based non-governmental organisations. It partners with foundations, associations, human rights platforms, and local communities to reach vulnerable groups and help amplify their voices. Read more about these mechanisms in Civil Society Dialogue, EIDHR, Sivil Düşün, TACSO, and STGM.

Since 2006, the EU has allocated €54 million to the EU–Turkey Civil Society Dialogue. This underscores the commitment of the EU to civil society in Turkey and the trust placed in the EU by the government as well as other public sector and non-governmental partners. The EU has also allocated significant funds to additional programmes for the civil society sector.

The EU strengthens civil society in Turkey through a results-based focus, from proposals to reporting.