Europe Turkey

Social Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Cohesion in Refugee and Host Communities in Türkiye (SEECO)


Local project partner
Ministry of Industry and Technology
Tigris Development Agency

German project partner

Weltbank / EU

09.11.2023 - 31.03.2024

With around 4 million refugees, Turkey is the largest host country for refugees. The majority come from Syria. They have been accommodated in local communities, often in urban and peri-urban areas of large Turkish cities, and are primarily seeking access to healthcare, education, the labour market and income. The situation poses major challenges for the Turkish authorities. Women and youth refugees face additional obstacles and face greater administrative and discriminatory barriers than male refugees in accessing income-generating measures. This reinforces the marginalisation of female refugees and requires measures to strengthen access to income-generating activities.

The SEECO project is financed by FRIT II funds from the European Union and implemented with the coordination of the Directorate General of Development Agencies of the Ministry of Industry and Technology and the World Bank. The project aims to achieve the following objectives: - The social and economic empowerment of women and youth through social entrepreneurship, - contribute to the social cohesion of refugees and host communities - Creating new employment opportunities for women and young people. The project defines social enterprises as for-profit businesses that prioritise social or environmental sustainability and provide target groups with income-generating employment and reinvest profits in social objectives.

Services provided
As part of the subcontract through WeGlobal, the following virtual trainings will be conducted:

  1. Business planning training module
  2. Product and service development training module
  3. Market research training modules

The target group are aspiring social entrepreneurs, with perspectives and skills to develop business ideas and focus on generating sustainable income.

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