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Turkey's Humanitarian Aid Perspective
AFAD-TIKA-Turkish Red Crescent

24 May 2016 13:00 - 16:00

TOPKAPI A

Background:

Steps taken and the expenses made for the Syrians particularly in recent years within the framework of Turkey’s historical mission, contributed the country to gain an important place among the donor countries for the reliefs that have been offered. The fact that;

Our support for Syrian asylum seekers is not limited to temporary housing and protection; on the contrary it has an inclusive and long-term perspective,
Successful implementation of a human driven development aid model, which is formed by the needs and demands, for the “Least Developed Countries” with high risks and uncertainties, rather than the classical approach based on profit and loss account and risk analysis.
In addition to long-term cooperation practices, acting fast as required by the evolving conditions and delivering reliefs by means of mobilising all the state institutions and organisations when required and reducing the bureaucratic processes as much as possible,
Taking global-scale initiatives as opposed to the regional, thus not being solely limited to caring for the crisis in close proximity but also for the ones far away are keys to our approach. This approach will set an example for our efforts to recommend for the improvement of international humanitarian aid system, as related institutions and organisations demonstrate substantial behaviours and practices specific to our country.

Aims and Objectives:

Turkey’s actions within the scope of relief system will gain international recognition,
Discussions will take place about building the ideal system in alignment with Turkey’s experience, with particular attention given to the deficiencies of international system.

Format:

After a short briefing by the moderator about the aim of the event, for maximum 15 minutes, Turkish institutions that offer direct or indirect relief activities will;

present their systems, 
discuss the concepts that support Turkey’s prominent position in the field of humanitarian aid;
simulate the Somalia Practice of Turkey which sets an outstanding example for the humanitarian aid and transformation mechanism from humanitarian aid to development,
discuss the actions to be taken in order to improve Turkey’s capacity as well as the deficiencies within the international system and solution proposals to address these deficiences,
discuss possible actions to prevent the negative impact of the relief, which are offered for the asylum seekers, on the global economies and efforts to help asylum seekers to become self-sufficient. 

Following the briefings by each speaker, the additional activity will come to end with a 60-minute Q&A session.

Basic Questions

What kind of relief activities does Turkey offer?
Which specific features of Turkey help the country to stand out from the other international humanitarian aid systems?
How is the coordination for relief ensured?
What can be done to use the resources efficiently? What needs to be done to improve Turkey’s system?
What are the international deficiences?
What are the solution proposals to remedy the deficiencies?