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UNDP Turkey: This is the New Horizons Podcast prepared by United Nations Development Programme in Turkey. In this episode, we will talk Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis on Southeast Anatolian Region. The project targets towns bordering with Syria; Gaziantep and Sanliurfa, where a high concentration of Syrian refugees reside and aims to strengthen the service delivery capacity of Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipalities. Filiz Hösükoğlu, Project Field Coordinator in Gaziantep leg, mentions the component of vocational training for industry and service sector:

Filiz Hösükoğlu: Our stakeholders in this project are Gaziantep Chamber of Industry, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. We editted vocational training towards Syrians , together. During this time, we overlapped both the needs of business world, and the needs predetermined by Gaziantep Chamber of Industry and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. We prepared a list accordingly. As this list suggest; we will begin vocational training courses both in Metropolitan Municipality’s Vocational Training Centers, Community Centers and Chamber of Commerce’s Vocational Training Complex, which is underconstruction.

UNDP Turkey: We listened Filiz Hösükoğlu. In this component of the project; it is targeted to improve opportunities and employment services for strengthened livelihoods of impacted communities at the local level.Within this content; 3000 Syrians under temporary protection will receive basic life skills and language training, 600 Syrians will receive vocational training for industrial sectors and 1200 Syrians will receive vocational trainings for service sectors. Filiz Hösükoğlu explains what kind of an approach is adopted while designing the trainings:

Filiz Hösükoğlu: While we are designing the project and trainings, we adopt an approach including all the members of the society. Currently, all the community centers belong to Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality are called GASMEK’s, of which target groups area women, youth and children. In this community centers, basic life skills- how to access municipality for health, education,law, transportation, also much basic needs like ’’How can I access to a phone ‘’ – are given by the ENSAR Community Center to our target group, women. Additionally, most of the vocational trainings are designed for women employment to incline. On the other hand, Chamber of Industry’s vocational trainings side, most demanded areas in factories and industry are specified; mostly mid level employees. Of course, there will be trainings concerning women but mostly men-oriented training is considered.

UNDP Turkey: "Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis on Southeast Anatolian Region’’ project is  funded by European Union and implemented by the cooperation of UNDP,Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and Southeastern Anatolia Development Project Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA), Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (GBB), Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality (ŞBB), and Gaziantep Chamber of Industry. This component of the project started in July 2015 and will end in the early 2017. So, what do we intend to achieve at the end of the project? Filiz Hösükoğlu:

Filiz Hösükoğlu: We will touch certain amount of people’s hearts, lives. The will receive vocational training, a certificate and get to socialize. They will receive a training about basic life skills required for living in Turkey. The instructors we will work together, instructors in GASMEK, the instructors in Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality’s cultural community centers, will also receive a training about basic life skills. Naturally, we, project workers, will speak on the same tone. Hereafter, we will make efforts for taking place in the projects concerning solution towards Syrian Crisis and reflect our past experiences.I think this project will touch a lot of people’s lives.

UNDP Turkey: What is the most common issue concerned both by local community and refugees? We listen to Filiz Hösükoğlu, who conducted plenty work with the project:

Filiz Hösükoğlu: Actually, I want to answer this question in two different ways. First, the fundamental right to live and secondly, right to work. Most sacred thing is one earning his/her life by working, which will be accessed through this project. Secondly, maybe this project will bring the institutions working towards the solution of Syrian Crisis. When I first started this project, there were; tons of UN institutions, local and foreign NGOs along with Government, AFAD and Bureau of Migration. Maybe at the beginning of 2017, thiese institutions will come together and emerge an Migration Platform – internal, external migration platform- and there will be a data bank. They will talk about how to conduct coordination. I am sure the time for that has come.

UNDP Turkey:  We came together with Project Field Coordinator’’Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis on Southeast Anatolian Region’’ Filiz Hösükoğlu during the ‘’Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Growth for Southeastern Anatolia Agenda Search Workshop’’ within the context of ‘’Competition Agenda Project 2016- 2023’’ conducted in Şanlurfa at the beginning of February.Within this workshop; priority needs,which can serve as a base, and opportunities were evaluated.Also first step was taken towards, identifying and prioritizing short-mid term possible intervention areas. Filiz Hösükoğlu comments on what subjects on the action plan, which can shape the development work, she wants to see primarily:

Filiz Hösükoğlu: I would like to see on the Action Plans... Whether Syrian Crisis or Towards Employment, whatever you call it... No matter what, priveate sector, private establishments, SME’s, İŞKUR, Governor’s Office, Municipalities, local and international NGO’s, should come together. I mean, vocational training is not only a vocational training institution’s or a municipality’s problem. In fact, in development plans or plans announced by UN, all the actors should come together, hold each others hands and produce something in the context of their coordination. These kind of things are publicly announced worldwide. As a UN-member country, Turkey also signed under this. Thus, we have a commitment. Maybe, Syrian Crisis is the first step towards this. I am sure that, my colleagues in UNDP and Southeastern Anatolia Development Project Regional Development Administration will collect all the data and a draft plan will emerge. This draft working plan will be shared with the related institutions, maybe the plan will be enriched with the things that are not yet discussed. The actions in the draft plan will be prioritized and these prioritized plan will bring all the related institutions together and they will prepare a 1-2-3-5 year plan.

UNDP Turkey:  We listened Filiz Hösükoğlu. Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis on Southeast Anatolian Region Project aims to, decrease the pressure on local resources in the cities of Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa due to increasing population caused by the Syrian Crisis,  developing the livelihoods of Syrians under temporary protection and the local community. Within the project framework, diversificaion of vocational tranings in industry and service sector provided to Turkish citizens and availability of this training to Syrians under protection, assisting vocational skills of the Syrian population and local cummunity, enhancing their employements and supporting their livelihood both in short and long runs, are intended. Filiz Hösükoğlu explains the efforts made for vocational training component towards industry and service sector :

Filiz Hösükoğlu: Turkish lessons started both in 2 GASMEKs. About 80 in one and 20 in another, total 100 people. Our instructors share their feedbacks and photos with great enthusiasm. For example, recent one came- I don’t know maybe Güray Bey has already told you...- He wrote ‘’ Thank you UNDP’’ both in Turkish and Arabic. When you see such things, it touches our hearts and because we have reached them;we act stronger in the upcoming stages. In addition, our glass workshop is opened in the old court-house building. We will start working there starting from next week, recruitment process of instructers has already begun. Our participants are ready. We will finish our equipment and other goods purchases step by step. Our cooking class will start and after that we will start other trainings.

UNDP Turkey:  We have come to end of the episode of New Horizons with the words of Filiz Hösükoğlu. In this episode, we talked about Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis on Southeast Anatolian Region. This program has been recorded at the studio of Yodiviki in İstanbul. You can follow our program on FM frequency in İstanbul, on Açık Radyo (Open Radio) on Internet, on university radios in our broadcasting network, on iTunes, Soundcloud, TuneIn, Pure Connect, Yodiviki, Audioboo and TTNET Müzik in podcast format, and also on tr.undp.org. Our user name for social media is undpturkiye. Hope to see you soon, good-bye!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PODCAST 151
22.02.2015

Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis in Southeastern Anatolia Region

Filiz Hösükoğlu, Field Coordinator of Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis in Southeastern Anatolia Region Project