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Model: Empowering Civil Society for a More Democratic Local Governance

2018 - 2020

Empowering Civil Society for a More Democratic Local Governance (MoDeL) Project has been developed within the scope of Republic of Turkey and European Union supported Partnerships and Networks Grant Program for enhancing cooperation in between public sector and CSO’s. The Project aims to empower civil society with increased municipal – civil society cooperation.

Partners of the joint project conducted by TESEV are Şişli Municipality and Association of Union of Citizen Assemblies, while the associate is the Checks and Balances Network. The project is implemented with the participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and municipalities operating in Adana, Ankara (Yenimahalle), Burdur, Gaziantep, İstanbul (Maltepe), İzmir (Karşıyaka), Kars, Sinop, Van and Yalova. In the first phase of the MoDeL project, a national evaluation report is prepared, examining the challenges and opportunities for municipality – CSO cooperation. For this report, a comprehensive national survey, local gap analysis studies for the target cities within the framework of EU and international good governance indicators, and local roundtable meetings with relevant stakeholders have been conducted. Then, in line with the shortcomings that the report points out, capacity building trainings for increased institutional governance and municipality-CSO cooperation will be delivered in ten target cities. In the third phase, a digital platform will be developed to facilitate democratic local governance with features for monitoring and evaluation and cooperation between municipalities and civil society.  The scope of the project aims to strengthen  cooperation between CSO’s and municipalities and empower CSO’s governance capacities in Turkey, for a more democratic local governance. Through a digital platform to be obtained at the end of the project, it is aimed to maintain the effective communication and interaction between CSO’s and municipalities that has been provided throughout the project with participatory cooperation.

For more detailed information please contact the Project Manager Ebru Ayşegül Gügüş via aysegul.gugus@tesev.org.tr

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Report: Strengthened Civil Society and Effective Cooperation in Democratic Urban Governance 


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