UNDP Turkey Resilience Project in response to the Syria Crisis (TRP)

General Information

Title of the action

UNDP Turkey Resilience Project in response to the Syria Crisis (TRP)

Priority sector

Resilience, livelihoods

Implementing partner

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology (Comp. 1)
Ilbank (Comp.2)
Ministry of National Education (Comp. 3)

Duration (months)

24 (Starting date: 01/02/2018)

EU Contribution (EUR)

EUR 50,000,000 Contracted under FRIT-EUTF funding.


Summary of the Action

Main objectives

The overall objective is to strengthen the economic and social resilience of Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTP). The action will also include vulnerable host community members, support for municipalities and institutions in provinces most affected by the presence of SuTP or have the potential to absorb an additional Syrian labour force to strengthen the recover from the impact of displacement.

The specific objectives are:

1. To enhance the economic and social empowerment of SuTP to become an asset for the

local economy and economic growth potential.

2. To improve and secure the living conditions of SuTP and the population in host

communities in Turkey.


Gaziantep, Hatay, Şanlıurfa and Kilis; Also Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Konya, Mersin and Manisa

Target groups

At least 55,000 Syrians under Temporary Protection and host community members will directly benefit from the Action.

Expected results

Turkish language training for adults:

  • At least 52,000 SuTPs benefit from Turkish language training (in-classroom and e-learning modalities).
  • A learning platform and learning Management system for Turkish language are established.
  • At least 50 classrooms are refurbished and improved.
  • A prefabricated public education centre is constructed.
  • At least 300 Turkish language trainers are trained.
  • Tailor made educational content is developed, published and distributed.


SME Support and Entrepreneurship:

  • At least 2 SME Capability Centres and at least 2 Innovation Centres are operational.
  • At least 2,000 Syrian refugees and host community members are placed in formal jobs. Out of this total, 1750 are jobs created through SME transformation, innovation programmes and self-employment through innovation driven initiatives (İzmir, Manisa, Adana, Hatay, Mersin). 250 jobs are created through industrial transformation in Gaziantep. At least 25% of the jobs are self-employment, at least 40% (1,500) of the beneficiaries are women; at least 50% (1,000) of the beneficiaries are Syrian refugees.
  • At least 1,000 Syrian refugees and host community members (50-50%) benefit from awareness raising and other types of business development and employment services, including innovation-driven entrepreneurship.
  • At least 650 SMEs benefit from business advisory services in the form of technical assistance and investment/equipment support.
  • At least 250 new SMEs are established focusing on innovation. Those enterprises are set-up by Syrians and/or Syrian-Turkish joint ventures.


Municipal Infrastructure:

  • One Mechanical Biological Treatment facility is established.
  • Management of one leachate sanitary landfill site and renovation of one existing facility are done.
  • One waste water treatment facility (i.e. Hatay) is built.
  • Three waste transfer stations are built.
  • Three municipalities have increased technical capacities to deliver municipal services.
  • Access to municipal services for at least 307,000 SuTP and host community members is improved.
  • Firefighting capacities through provision of equipment and technical support increased.

Main activities

Turkish language training for adults:

  • Provision of Turkish language skills trainings for at least 52,000 Syrians through in-classroom and e-learning modalities.
  • Developing one learning platform and learning Management system for Turkish language and refurbishing classrooms.
  • Training of Turkish language trainers.
  • Tailor made educational content developed, published and distributed.


SME Support and Entrepreneurship:

  • Establishment and operationalization of two SME Capability Centres and two Innovation Centres.
  • Development and implementation of sector specific labour absorption roadmaps and implementation of SME transformation programs.


Municipal Infrastructure:

  • Value chain assessment of waste management.
  • Construction of municipal infrastructure.
  • Technical support to 3 municipalities to increase capacities on service delivery.
  • Procurement of equipment and technical support for fire-fighting services.

Progress of Action as of July 2018

State of progress