Mitigation For The Impacts of Syrian Crisis in Southeastern Anatolia Region

The livelihood development program was implemented by GAP Regional Development Administration and UNDP in Gaziantep between July 2015-January 2017, where the highest numbers of Syrian refugees are, as the area was impacted by increased demand of local service delivery systems and has the highest potential for economic development. The local partners were 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.

With the help of project, improved opportunities and employment services were provided for strengthened livelihoods of impacted communities at the local level. Full-scale set-up of Centers for employment support/vocational training addresses industry and service sectors, respectively;

  • Industrial Sectors Vocational Training and Skills Building Center
  • Service Sector Vocational Training and Incubation Centers

The project targeted towns bordering with Syria; Gaziantep and Sanliurfa, where a high concentration of Syrian refugees reside. These areas were highly impacted by the sudden influx of the Syrian refugees, especially in the management of waste disposal, which was not equipped to accommodate additional needs created by the refugees, and where there was a need for increased income opportunities and livelihoods for the these communities. The project budget was €5.700.000 and funded by European Union.