Good practices

Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia

The project was developed to respond to the increasingly reported facts and observation that the capacities of local service providers were overstretched, reducing their capability to deliver services to their constituents and that the labor market couldn't meet the demand for jobs as a result of the increased number of inhabitants and influx of Syrians living in the Southeast Anatolia Region, which was already a disadvantaged region in terms of labor market indicators.

The project was implemented by GAP Regional Development Administration with the technical support of UNDP and funded by Government of Japan. The project aimed to achieve strengthened stability through increased livelihoods opportunities and better municipal services in Southeast Anatolia in the Syrian crisis context. The project was composed of two components that aimed to contribute to the social stability in Southeast Anatolia.

Year(s): 2016-2019

Target group(s): Municipalities whereby most Syrians work in informal sectors

Website or other online channels:


Project was achieved its targets related to employability of Syrian population through provision of vocational training and competency development programmes that the local agricultural sector, manufacturing sector and the services sector were in need as well as improving local value chains and local production ecosystems and infrastructures for diversified and enhanced livelihood opportunities.

Regarding the targets for strengthening the municipal capacities, upon a prioritization of the needs at the local level, UNDP developed the priority list and identify interventions in selected provinces to strengthen the social infrastructure/fabric and address the most pressing challenges through urban level investments such as strengthened municipal capacity, waste management and community support centers.

Type of product

Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

The project ultimately contributed to the social and economic cohesion with particular focus on the highest refugee receiving locations. The project also contributed to efficient use of resources in provision of municipal services through tools for resource management and investment planning that could be replicated and scaled up in other municipalities.

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Employability opportunities and vocational training subjects were assessed and identified based on desk-review and validated through a workshop held in Şanlıurfa with participation of sector representatives and it was ensured that the project focuses on vocational skills that were needed most in the local economy as part of the employment strategy of the project. Partnerships with specialized local institutions for quality vocational trainings and Turkish language courses had been established. 360 Syrians received A1 level Turkish Language Training.

150 Syrians and 30 host community members developed skills in crafting, pruning and animal husbandry practices. Pilot initiatives to improve the productivity of local value chains were identified based on desk review and consultations with local institutions in the field. Project fiches and budgets had been developed for each initiative. Design and management strategy had been developed for Polateli Organized Industrial Zone in collaboration with national and local stakeholders to increase the employability potential and international competiveness with an effective investment and management model.

Competency development actions targeting women and youth were developed based on consultations and meetings with government institutions, local and international NGOs working in the field of disadvantaged Syrian groups. Municipal Services Needs Assessment had been completed and Prioritization Tool for municipal investments had been developed including assessment of on social, economic, environmental impact and feasibility of investments. Quick impact municipal investments were identified and official protocols for selected investments had been signed with the Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Hatay and Kilis Municipalities.

Promoter of the initiative: GAP Regional Development Administration

Country: Turkey

Languages available: English Turkish

Website or other online channels:

Go back