Promotion of Economic Prospects

Project description

Title: Promotion of Economic Prospects for Refugees and Host Community in Turkey (PEP)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Turkey
Lead executing agency: Vice President´s Office of the Republic of Turkey
Overall term: 2019 to 2023



Since the breakout of the war in Syria and the influx of Syrians into Turkey, the Turkish Government undertook great efforts to relieve the dire humanitarian situation of Syrians fleeing their homes. With the war entering its eighth year in Syria, refugees are seeking to continue their lives in Turkey for the long term. New approaches are needed to support Syrians and their Turkish host community to create prospects for sustainability and self-reliance.


The economic prospects of Syrian refugees and Turkish members of the host community is enhanced. 



The access to employment by Syrian refugees and Turkish citizens in the host community is supported by providing opportunities in close cooperation with the private sector and their respective municipalities. The measures take into account previously obtained knowledge and skills and further strengthen them, based on the needs of the local Turkish labour market. Further training and qualification measures enable the target group to find decent employment in the formal labour market. Small companies and future entrepreneurs are supported through trainings, networking opportunities and the facilitation of a better understanding of the market environment, which includes Turkish legislation as well as information on access to finance and other support. 

For Syrians, all measures include Turkish language training, since speaking a country’s language is the single most important skill for furthering integration. To accommodate women´s participation in the labour market, child care is provided. Whenever possible, the measures seek to foster the social cohesion between Syrians and Turkish citizens, through joint events and activities.

The project Promotion of Economic Prospects for Refugees and Host Community in Turkey (PEP) focuses on creating employment opportunities through skills development and qualification, supporting small enterprises and entrepreneurship as well as strengthening the private sector. Its measures directly contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN) such as: SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth and SDG 10: Reduced Inequality.

The project is based on the successes and experiences of the two “Cash for Work” projects (2016-2019), implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Turkey.



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