Supporting Sustainable Cities: Inclusive Local Governance
Since March 2016, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and Friedrich Naumann Foundation have been conducting Supporting Sustainable Cities Project. In its third year, the project focuses on the inclusion dimension of sustainable cities.
Roundtable meetings were organized in three cities with the purpose of observing whether local governments take into consideration children, women and young refugees in policymaking. The first roundtable was held in 14th of May 2018 in İstanbul with Children Sensitive Policies for Inclusive Local Governance agenda. The second meeting was held in 18th of October 2018 in Şanlıurfa with the topic of Young Refugee Sensitive Policies for Inclusive Local Governance. The third roundtable was held in 24th of October 2018 in İzmir with the topic of Women Sensitive Policies for Inclusive Local Governance. The CSOs, academics from local universities, citizen assemblies, state institutions, non-affiliated citizens and refugees attended these meetings.
In Istanbul, the meeting was held at Friedrich Naumann Foundation where representatives from different organizations participated in discussions. The participants discussed the different aspects of child-sensitive policy-making within their institutions and the impact of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in planning their actions. Furthermore, participants talked about the role of data in designing their services and actions about children.
The second meeting was held in Nevali Otel in Şanlıurfa. The event started with a presentation on ‘Syrians in Turkey: Current Situation, Possibilities and Challenges’ by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Kaya from Harran University, Department of Sociology. After the presentation, the participants argued about the role of SDGs in their policy-making. In the second round, the participants mentioned respectively the impact and importance of data on their policy-making process about refugees.
The third and final phase of the roundtable series occurred in İzmir in Çankaya Kordon Otel. Derya Altun, the head of the meeting’s local partner DEMIS, opened the session with her presentation entitled ‘Where Do Municipalities Stand with regard to Social Gender Equality?’. In this meeting, the participants discussed how they frame and develop their policies in the area of Sustainable Cities with reference to SDGs. They also evaluated the importance of a comprehensive data strategy for more women-oriented policy-making processes.
After every roundtable meeting, Policy Notes are going to be written by experts in their field. Dr. Bürge Elvan Erginli wrote the first of them entitled “Developing Child-Sensitive Strategies in Local Government”. The other two policy notes are going to be published on TESEV’s website.