Turkey – Capacity Development: New Perspectives through Learning and Exchange

Qudra 2 supports Turkish municipalities to deliver improved services to host communities and refugees through community support projects. The programme also provides a range of complementary capacity development activities, ranging from learning-by-doing in project implementation, peer exchange, and training delivered by experts.

Turkish Municipalities Learning from Each Other

In Turkey, Qudra 2 organised an “Experience Exchange” Dialogue for its partners, which blended the elements of training and peer-learning through exchanging lessons learned and best practices.

During a two-day meeting (02-03 November 2021), Turkish municipality representatives joined the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) and the Presidency of Migration Management (PMM) (previously known as the Directorate General of Migration Management) representatives to exchange on project implementation processes and best practices.

Additionally, representatives from PMM gave a presentation on the “National Outlook on Migration Management” and the latest developments. On the second day of the event, the participants joined the “Joint Preparation for Refugees Response Projects” ideas workshop focusing on project ideas outlined during the “Project Camp” organised between 26-27 August 2021 with the participation of UMT experts.

This dialogue event strengthened the connection and the communication between the Qudra 2 partner municipalities in Turkey and supported UMT in its coordination mandate. All participants were glad to meet and exchange face-to-face on their project activities while following strict hygiene protocols.

Do No Harm: A New Perspective

Qudra 2 conducted a 3-day training workshop for Turkish partner municipalities on conflict sensitivity and the “do-no-harm” principle. The overall objective of the training was to provide the partner municipalities with practical knowledge and skills to manage Community Support Projects (CSPs) without exposing beneficiaries and other stakeholders to additional risks. The training was conducted with the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) and the Presidency of Migration Management (PMM).

Thirty-eight professionals from 16 municipalities, the UMT and DGMM, participated in the training in Ankara.

It was one of the first face-to-face training sessions the programme could organise since the COVID-19 outbreak. Participants noted that the training provided a new perspective on the daily work of municipalities.

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