Internationally Funded Projects


Adopting the innovative philosophy of sustainable humanitarian development, the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) has attracted an international interest while technical and financial contributions from foreign countries and institutions has risen therewith since 1995.

The year 1997 in that respect became a year of inception when the “Sustainable Development Programme in GAP Region” project package came into effect under the cooperation of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and GAP Administration.

The main goal of Sustainable Development Programme in GAP is to minimise socio-economical inequalities in Southeastern Anatolia Region. The programme underlines the humanitarian dimension of development through pilot projects such as fundamental social services (education, health, housing), gender equality, urban governance, environmental sustainability, institutional and social capacity building as well as public participation. With an initial number of sub-projects as 28 and a budget of $5.2 million, the programme was elaborated into 33 sub-projects with a financial support from the Government of Switzerland in 2000.

The World Bank provided a grant for two projects related to urban and rural infrastructure development within GAP Region. These are preparatory operations for “Agricultural and Rural Development Services for Şanlıurfa & Harran Plains” and “GAP Urban Planning and Sanitation Project”. A total grant of $650,000 was funded by the World Bank for these two projects. Established in 1997, the relations between GAP Administration and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) proceeded within the scope of “GAP-FAO Rural Development Programme” that is composed of 10 sub-projects, and the project was carried out between 2000 and 2001.

Relations between GAP Administration and the European Union (EU) were established in 1996 and still continue today. A grant of €43.5 million was funded by the EU for “GAP Regional Development Programme” oriented to the elimination of regional inequalities, achieving regional economic growth, amelioration of environmental conditions and protection of cultural heritages. A total of €47 million was provided following the procurement of €3.5 million with the agreement dated December 7, 2002. The programme concluded in 2007.

Carried out by the financial support of the EU, “Project of Mitigating Flood Risk in Flooded Areas in GAP Region” was prepared to minimise physical and social impacts of flood, prevent flood risks and build capacity for local administrations in GAP Region that were exposed to flood in October/November 2006. The project involved six provinces that were exposed to flood: Şanlıurfa, Mardin, Siirt, Şırnak, Batman, Diyarbakır. Budget of the project is €17.2 million (€14 million funded by the EU, €3.2 million national co-fund).

It was aimed to provide accessibility to public services by enhancing capacities of women and women’s non-governmental organisations as well as raising awareness in three underdeveloped regions with the Project of Technical Assistance for Empowerment of Women and Women NGOs in the Least Developed Regions of Turkey (Southeastern Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia and Eastern Black Sea) which was funded by the EU. The projects were carried out in three regions in a total of 30 provinces. The project budget is €5 million. The project concluded in 2013.

A new project named “Innovations in Women Empowerment: A Feasible Model for Women in Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey was launched in March 2008 by the cooperation of GAP Administration and UNDP. The abovementioned project signed by GAP Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey and UNDP, coming into force on March 25th, 2008. Actualised by the financial support of Switzerland International Development Agency (SIDA), the project aimed at empowering social and economic lives of women in Southeastern Anatolia through innovative production and marketing strategies. Participation of women in labour market, branding of products and creation of new marketing opportunities were intended within the project. The project budget is $907,668. The second phase of the project implemented between 2012-2016. The budget allocated for this phase was 110,550 USD. The project carried out in 9 provinces (Adıyaman, Batman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Kilis, Mardin, Siirt, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak) within Southeastern Anatolia Region.

The Adaptation to Social and Economic Life of Syrian Women Living in The Southeastern Anatolia Region Project implemented by GAP Regional Development Administration with the technical support of UNDP and funded by Government of Kuwait in Gaziantep, Kilis, Mardin and Şanlıurfa. The aim of this project was to be adapted to social and economic life in the region of women living in the Southeastern Anatolia Region. Project duration was between March 2016-December 2017, 18 months and budget was 250.000 $.

The project implemented by Relief International (RI) and funded by UNICEF; IR and GAP Regional Development Administration collaborated within “Access to Education and Psycho-Social Services Support” Project which is to provide the high quality service for Syrian refugees in Gaziantep.  Within the project a centre was built, named “Centre of Education and Social Harmony for Youth and Children”. Besides within the project, implemented by GAP Regional Development Administration; in ÇATOM (Multi-Purpose Community Centres), Child Development Centre and GAP Youth and Culture Houses provided services in the fields of Turkish language course, pre-school education, access to public services and the Project completed.

In the Southeastern Anatolia Region hosts approximate half of Syrian population which is temporary under protection living in Turkey. Overpopulation of Syrians in the region, made a pressure on education, health, urban infrastructure, local labor market, municipality services and other public services. On this reason basis, in cooperation with GAP and UNICEF was prepared Strengthening of Syrian Children and Youth Work Plan. The aim of this plan; to contribute to create an environment to live in harmony and together of Turkish citizens and Syrians. The Project occurs 3 components and funds by UNICEF which are Education of Social Harmony, Early Childhood Development, Child Friendly Municipalities. The project budget is 18 million Turkish Lira.

Within the Mitigation for the Impacts of Syrian Crisis in Southeastern Anatolia Region Project, the livelihood development program has been implemented GAP Regional Development Administration and UNDP in Gaziantep, where the highest numbers of Syrian refugees are, as the area has been impacted by increased demand of local service delivery systems and has the highest potential for economic development. The local partners are Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (GBB) for the service sectors trainings and Gaziantep Chamber of Industry (GSO) for the industrial sectors training. The project budget was €5.700.000 funded by European Union.

The Strengthening of Social Stability in Southeastern Anatolia Region Project is implemented by GAP Regional Development Administration with the technical support of UNDP and funded by Government of Japan. The project aims to achieve strengthened stability through increased livelihoods opportunities and better municipal services in Southeast Anatolia in the Syrian crisis context. The project budget was 10.1 million $ and duration was 12 months, March 2016-March 2017.

The aim of this project is to carry out Turkish language courses, vocational education, skill improvement, entrepreneurship activities and support local economic development within basic principle and rights in work life in order to increase employability of Syrians and host communities. Within project; in ÇATOM (Multi-Purpose Community Centres) and Youth and Culture Houses activiting in Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa and Kilis educate about vocational education, Turkish language courses, basic skill improvement and entrepreneurship. ILO carries out the Project what is “In Order to Improve Mainstay and Humanely Job Opportunities for Syrians That Temporary Under Protection and Host Communities and the Reply of the ILO for the Raid of Syrians in Turkey” with fund provided by Government of USA and the project budget is 800.000 Turkish Lira in the part of coorperation with GAP.