The Section For Turkish Swedish Development Cooperation

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The Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul.  

The Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation has promoted collaboration between the two countries since 2001. Based at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul, the Section aims to support civil society organizations throughout Turkey, to function as a resource for our partners, and to provide a platform for public debate. Currently, the Section's activities are guided by the Swedish gorvenrment's strategy for reform cooperation with Turkey for the period 2014-2020. You can find the strategy here. The activities of the Section aim to achieve the following:
- a more pluralistic civil society with strengthened popular support, which promotes democratic accountability.
-that Turkey better fullfills its international and national commitments on human rights, gender equality (including the EU's strategy for equality between women and men) and non-discrimination.
- that women and men have, to a greater extent, the same power to shape society and their own lives.
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).
We welcome applications for projects that aim to:
- Enhance opportunities to exercise human rights and advance democratic participation and accountability
- Strengthen a pluralistic society and counter social polarization and discrimination
- Cultivate a free and more informed public debate on human rights, democracy and the rule of law
We encourage projects that foster novel collaborations between different institutions and sectors of society; that include activities in multuple regions of Turkey; that are co-funded with other grant makers. Gender equality should be integrated into the applicants' organizational structure and working methods.
Who can apply?
CSOs, foundations, associations, think tanks, academic, political, cultural and governmental institutions are welcome to apply. Applications from individual or businesses are not eligible.
Application guidelines
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.
Before filling out the application, we recommend that you read the full 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 infromation can be found below.
The form must be completed in English.
Please 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 application must be signed by an authorized person.
The completed application form should be sent to the Section for Turkish-Swedish Development Cooperation (contact infromation below) by regular mail. The Section does not accept incomplete applications or applications sent by fax or by email.
Contact Information

Head of Section for Turkish - Swedish Development Cooperation
Andrea Karlsson
Tel +90 212 334 0620
Fax +90 212 334 0628
Information Assistant and 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