Last Stop For Child Labor Eskişehir
Project Definition: This project is co-funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
This project is implementing under CLIP* (Local Initiative Fund in Turkey).
*Since 2011, millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. Among Syria’s neighbouring countries, Turkey currently hosts almost 4 million registered refugees (of which nearly 3.6 million are Syrians). The necessity of addressing the most pressing needs may result in increased vulnerability for particular communities. Groups at a high risk include refugees who are not registered, seasonal migrants, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ individuals, women, single parents and child labourers.
To address these challenges, community centres and local initiatives have been established throughout Turkey. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) has been supporting the establishment and improvement of community centres and local initiatives since 2015. The Community Centres and Local Initiatives Project (CLIP) provides technical and financial support to up to 12 community centres and 20 local initiatives.
In order to optimally provide the needed support, the project focusses its efforts through four action fields:
- Support for community and social service centres: GIZ cooperates with community centres that provide needs-based social services to refugees and host communities. These are open to everyone – regardless of origin, age or gender – and implement multiple activities in the fields of protection, education and intercultural exchange and dialogue.
- Local Initiative Fund in Turkey (LIFT): Through LIFT, the project supports up to 20 big and small, non-governmental local organisations that offer specific assistance and protection services to vulnerable persons. This action field specifically targets the most exposed and at-risk groups (child labourers, seasonal migrants etc.) and focusses on reaching underserved areas.
- Harmonisation: GIZ supports the development of formats for public and civil actors/organisations to exchange ideas and to share practices with the goal of aligning with official state requirements. This is also intended to improve the quality of the social services that the community centres and local initiatives provide to the vulnerable groups.
- Capacity development: At an individual and organisational level, the project implements measures to further develop the skills and capacities of community centres and local initiatives. To widen the impact, GIZ also reaches out to secondary target groups, so that local authorities, technical staff and the broader circle of our partners may also benefit from these efforts. Simultaneously, an understanding of the shared benefit is promoted.
Multi-Donor Action “Leave No One Behind” (Feb 2019 – Oct 2020)
In a first-of-its-kind cooperation between DG ECHO and BMZ Transitional Development Assistance, GIZ implements in 2019 and 2020 a multi-donor action aiming at “improving the access to and provision of services for particularly vulnerable and at-risk persons through localised assistance interventions”. The action is embedded in the CLIP project. Through these additional funds, the grant scheme “LIFT” for supporting protection and other humanitarian-oriented projects was created (see Action Field 2), and the community centres (see Action Field 1) are particularly strengthened to increase their activities directed to the most vulnerable refugees. Also, the capacity development measures and harmonization measures (see Action field 3 and 4) have increased their focus on strengthening capacities and cooperation between the actors in the field of protection. In total, more than 61.000 people in vulnerable conditions shall benefit from these additional activities to “leave no one behind”.