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4. Social Inclusion

4.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 30 March 2022
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Social Inclusion has a purpose of providing a solution to the people with low income levels, who have difficulty in equal participation in the society due to their educational background and physical or mental disabilities, through institutional regulations.

Main policies regarding the inclusion of young people in social life in Turkey are included in National Youth and Sports Policy Document.

One of the most important top policy documents of our country is the Development Plans issued as the decision of Grand National Assembly of Türkiye. Development Plans are texts mandatory for public sector and recommended for private sector.  The current 11th Development Plan covers the years 2019-2023. In the Youth Section of this plan, although the term “disadvantageousness” is mentioned in a couple of articles clearly, there are measures regarding many different groups of young people under the “Youth” heading. In this section, the focus is on the economic and social participation of disadvantaged young people. The Development Plan includes measures to provide opportunities for young people who are not able to participate in economic, social, cultural and sports activities, especially for economic reasons, and to enable them to gain experience with change programs. The chapter also includes measures for the adaption of young people coming to our country due to migration and the fight against addiction.

When the policies and targets included in the “Disadvantaged Young People and Social Inclusion” main political area of the National Youth and Sports Policy Document are reviewed, stakeholders are identified from all sectors in relation to each policy and target.

Main actors in the field of social inclusion are as follows:

Cross-sectorial cooperation

In the Youth Centres social inclusion educations and programmes is implemented for the disadvantageous youngsters as well as for the Syrian youngsters which are under temporary protection in cooperation with charity organisations. Ministry of Youth and Sports collaborates with local civil organisations in determining the youngsters who are under the risk of social exclusion.

Within the framework of youthwork for fostering social inclusion, Youth Projects Support Programme offers grant opportunities to civil and voluntary organisations targeting the young people facing social exclusion or disadvantage whatsoever.  This grant programme constitutes a basis for cooperation between the Ministry and the civil organisations in the field of social inclusion of young people.

Within the framework of Project SIROMA, “Technical Assistance for Promoting Social Inclusion in Densely Roma Populated Areas” which is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey and carried out between 2015-2017 the Beneficiaries, namely Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Health mutually implemented appropriate measures in the areas of social protection, education, health and employment of Rome People.

Under the "Effective Monitoring, Assessment and Coordination Mechanism Establishment Project for the Roman Strategy Document" (ROMSID), which began its activities in 2020, it is aimed to plan and establish a strategy to meet the needs of education and capacity development in the field of monitoring and evaluation of social inclusion policies, especially the Strategy Document for Roman citizens.