World Bank Supports the Economic Empowerment and Social Cohesion of Refugee and Host Communities in Turkey
ANKARA, May 26, 2022 - The Ministry of Industry and Technology (MOIT), the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, and the World Bank (through virtual connection) convened in Mardin today for the launching of the Social Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Cohesion in Refugee and Host Communities in Turkey Project (SEECO).
Administered by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology General Directorate of Development Agencies, the SEECO Project aims to improve livelihoods opportunities for women and Youth in refugee and host communities in a number of provinces including Adana, Mersin, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Kilis, Mardin, Hatay, Osmaniye, Kahramanmaras, Diyarbakir, and Sanliurfa. The project is financed by the European Union with a budget of €39.5 million under the framework of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
Unlocking the potential of refugees and host communities
The SEECO project will support the development of social enterprises and ensure sustainable access to livelihoods facilities that bring benefits to women, youth, and others from both refugee and host communities, generate local employment and boost local economies. An estimated 19,000 refugee and host community members will be directly supported through project activities.
The project will finance support services for social entrepreneurs and will provide grants for the incubation or acceleration of social enterprises. Activities will be implemented by the Regional Development Agencies working with Community Implementing Partners through several cycles of support. Each cycle will start with the selection of new and/or existing social entrepreneurs. Selected beneficiaries will receive training and coaching, and then be supported in submitting applications for incubation or acceleration grants. Recipients of those grants will then be provided with continued mentoring. A single cycle, from selection of beneficiaries to the end of mentoring support, is expected to last 18 months.
The project will also finance livelihood facilities through several cycles. The first cycle of livelihood facilities has been selected by municipalities, the Regional Development Agencies, and the MOIT. For subsequent cycles, facilities will be selected by beneficiary refugees host community members through participatory decision-making processes.
The project contributes to the objectives of World Bank-Turkey Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for the FY18-23 period by enhancing access to finance for underserved markets and increasing labor force participation of women and vulnerable groups, by helping women and youth within refugee and host communities transition into sustainable economic opportunities and by increasing social cohesion.
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