EU finances four female led social enterprises to support Syrians and the host communities
The “Social Enterprise Community of Practice” (SECoP) has been launched today under the EU funded “Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Syrians under Temporary Protection and Turkish Citizens in Selected Provinces” project that is implemented by World Bank.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of SECoP is to pave the way for a constructive dialogue in supporting the development of social entrepreneurship of refugees and host communities in Turkey. To this end SECoP will be a constructive platform bringing together the relevant actors of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem to exchange the good practices and knowledge, to discuss the challenges and barriers, and to facilitate effective coordination and network. Under the project, EU also provides financial support to four female led social enterprises in Ankara, Mersin, Izmir and Istanbul that will create over 125 job opportunities for Syrian women under Temporary Protection and Turkish women. There cooperatives work in various areas such as producing products for baby and early parenting essentials, offering professional cleaning services, food production and catering services.
On Economic and Social Cohesion
The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, said on the occasion: "SECOP will be a constructive platform bringing together the relevant actors of the ecosystem to exchange the good practices and knowledge, to discuss the challenges and barriers, and to facilitate effective coordination and network. And the EU will continue to support refugee and Turkish women to dignified sustainable livelihoods opportunities through employment, entrepreneurship and private sector support. "
The Facility for Refugees in Turkey:
The European Union has been supporting Turkey in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initial support was in the form of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Other EU financial instruments for medium- and long-term support were added later, responding to the protracted nature of the crisis. In January 2016 this support was substantially scaled up with the entry into force of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
Through the Facility, €6 billion has been committed to assist both refugees and host communities in Turkey, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, migration management, socio-economic development and humanitarian assistance.
The EU support to Syrians and host communities in the socio-economic sector focuses on skills development and employability, labour market access and integration of refugees. It includes also the Turkish population residing in communities with a high presence of refugees. The projects are intended to address current problems of Syrian refugees in the Turkish labour market, as well as to support host communities, Turkish institutions, local authorities and economies. Under the €6 billion the Facility for Refugees in Turkey allocates almost €1 billion to socio-economic projects.
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Nurca Tuzcuoglu- Programme Manager, Facility for Refugees in Turkey
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Miray Akdağ - Press Officer for the Delegation of the European Union in Turkey
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