The Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation

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    The Section Photo: GK

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    Section supported project:Transparency International Photo: GK

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    Section supported project: human rights summer school Photo: GK

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    Section supported project: the documentary "My Child" Photo: GK

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    Section supported project: Koc University Social Impact Forum Photo: GK

The Section's mission is to be a cutting edge center that promotes building a pluralistic civil society, human rights and gender equality in Turkey. Based at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul, the Section aims to support civil society organizations and projects throughout Turkey, to function as a resource for our partners, and to provide a platform for public debate.

The Section for Turkish - Swedish Development Cooperation has promoted collaboration between the two countries since 2001. Currently, the Section's activities are guided by Sweden's resluts strategy for reform cooperation for Turkey's EU accession for the period 2014-2020. This results strategy, formulated by the Swedish Government, guides the development cooperation of the Swedish International Development Agency SIDA (in Ankara), The Swedish Institute (in Stockholm), and the Section (in Istanbul).
Sweden's reform cooperation is expected to result in the following:
Strengthened democracy, greater respect for human rights and a more fully developed state under the rule of law.

Focusing on a strengthened public administration and judicial system
-An efficent public administration with administrative capacity to implement reforms for closer relations with the EU, with emphasis on fundamental rights.
- A more efficient judical system that better guarantees the right to a fair trial in accordance with European standards.
- A reduction in gender-based violence.
The Section's activities are focused on achieving the following results:
Focusing on increased enjoyment of rights and greater opportunities exercise democratic influence
- A more pluralistic civil society with strengthened popular support, which promotes democractic accountability.
- Turkey better fulfills its international and national commitments on human rights, gender equality (including the EU's strategy for equality between women and men) and non-discrimination.
- Women and men have, to a greater extent, the same power to shape society and their own lives.
Application procedure
The Section has yearly calls for applications. The proposed projects should fall within the Section's results strategy. Before filling out the application, we recommend that you read the full results strategy here. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies for a grant, we recommend you to send a preliminary inquiry with a brief description of your project via email to the Section. Contact information can be found below.
Who can apply?
NGOs, foundations, associations, think tanks, academic, political, cultural and governmental institutions are welcome to apply. Applications from individual or businesses are not eligible.
We prioritize applications that integrate gender equality into their organization and projects.
In order for your project to be eligible for review by the Section for Turkish- Swedish Development Cooperation, you must complete the "Grant Application Form", which you will find in the right column of this page.
The form must be completed in English.
Note the mandatory documents that you need to include your application.
Please attach a detailed project description to the application form.
The budget should be made in Turkish Lira.
The completed application form should be sent to the Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation (contact infromation below) by regular mail. The application must be signed by an authorized person. The Section does not accept incomplete applications or applications sent by fax or by email.

Application deadline
The next deadline for application is 31 October 2015 for projects starting in 2016.
Applicants will be notified by December 2015.
Contact Information

Head of Section for Turkish - Swedish Development Cooperation
Andrea Karlsson
Tel +90 212 334 0620
Fax +90 212 334 0628
Information Assistant och Project Coordinator
Didem Özalp
Tel +90 212 334 0604
Fax +90 212 334 0628
Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul
Istiklal Caddesi 247
P.K. 125
Beyoğlu 34433 Istanbul