Turkey’s emerging donor role in development gained momentum after the signature of a 2011 Partnership Framework Agreement with UNDP.
Globally, Turkey is a contributor to UNDP’s core resources and the co-founder of the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD). The country also funds development projects in Least Developed Countries, such as Comoros.
In Europe and Central Asia, Turkey has supported a vast number of projects, including disaster risk reduction activities in Bosnia & Herzegovina, creation of a health procurement agency in Ukraine and activities to prevent violent extremism in Kosovo*.
The SDG Impact Accelerator (SDG IA) is an innovative multi-stakeholder platform that harnesses the potential of collaboration across sectors and disciplines and leverages the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to address the challenges that refugees face every day.
Jointly launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, UNDP and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2018, it has attracted other partners since, including the World Food Programme, Qatar Fund for Development, Limak Group and Eczacıbaşı Group.
During the prototyping period in 2019, among others, entrepreneurs developed solutions for refugees to have access to livelihood opportunities through Digital ID systems.
*all references to Kosovo on this website are made in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)