Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, Turkey

Ongoing Projects

Ongoing projects – Matra







Human Rights/Minorities

A New Tactics in Child Rights: strategic network mapping and analysis on combating impunity against children

Gündem Çocuk Derneği / Agenda Child Association


The project aims to use strategic network mapping as a new technology in analysing human rights issues to address and determine reasons and causes that govern the impunity culture.


July 2014-July 2015

TL 202.560

Watch your shadow: women's shadow city councils

Uçan Süpürge Kadın İletişim ve Araştırma Derneği / Flying Broom Women Communication and Research Association


The project aims to raise women's capacities for participating in local politics by providing them with knowledge on procedures of the local government (municipality council) and skills for advocacy and lobbying.

September 2014-Novmber 2015

TL 244.800

Sexual /Reproductive Rights Awareness and Advocacy Project

Türkiye Aile Sağlığı ve Planlaması Vakfı / Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation

The overall aim of this project is to support human rights with the promotion and protecting sexual and reproductive rights of women and men in 3 provinces (Van, Gaziantep and Kilis) through a series of advocacy efforts to be implemented in one year period by the involvement local governments, public health institutions and community organizations.

December 2014-December 2015

TL 162.175

Safe Space: Creating Local Mechanisms for Girl Child to Prevent Early and Forced Marriages

Türk Kadınlar Birliği Genel Merkezi / Turkish Women Union


The overall objective of the project is to empower girl child to combat early, arranged and forced marriages trough creating local mechanisms by strengthening the local branches and relations with local governance.


December 2014- December 2015

TL 216.150

Against Violence To Women: Butterfly Effect Project

Bağcılar Belediyesi / Bağcılar Municipality

The overall aims of this project is creating awareness for individuals of all ages living in the district of Bağcılar in order to prevent violence against women and raise the sensitivity of violence against women in the society.


November 2014 – November 2015

Euro 51.000

Promoting Human Rights Based Approach to Education in Turkey

Sabancı Üniversitesi Eğitim Reformu Girişimi/  Education Reform Initiative at Sabanci University

The overall aim of this project is to improve the compliance between the national legislation on education and universal human rights norms regarding the right on education as well as the rights in and through education.


February 2015 – January 2016

Euro 65.000

Sek Sek Game on Human Rights Carpet

Genç Gönüllüler Derneği / Young Volunteers Association

The overall aim of this project is to improve the knowledge of school children between the age of nine and eleven on subjects such as human rights, democracy, active citizenship and European awareness. Unlike the theoretical lessons the children are thought during their classes, the project aims to stimulate the perception and awareness of the children through an informal and more practical way: the hopscotch (sek sek in Turkish) game on the human rights carpet.

September 2014 – March 2015

Euro 46.991

Freedom of Information Day Campaign

Istanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi / Istanbul Bilgi University

The overall aim of this project is to raise the awareness on freedom of information in Turkey. The project aims to investigate and research the proper application of the law on freedom of information and share the findings with the public opinion on the World Freedom of Information Day.


November 2014 – April 2015

Euro 53.000


Law and Legislation

Working for Transparency in Campaign and Political Party Financing

Sabancı Üniversitesi–İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi / Sabanci University-Istanbul Policy Center

The project aims to mobilize public demand for transparency and reform of political party financing and to support the building of consensus among diverse civic, political, academic and media actors on specific changes in law and regulation.


August 2014-July2015

TL 207.390,50

Supporting Turkey in Establishment of Human Rights based Framework for Implementation of the EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement

Uluslararası Göç Örgütü / The International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The overall objective is to support the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) mainstreaming human rights and international standards in implementing obligations falling under the EU-Turkey readmission agreement. The specific objectives of the project are:

  • to strengthen DGMM´s legislative, administrative and technical capacity on readmission;
  • to ensure that the international and human rights standards are applied in removal centers.

September 2014-September  2015

Euro 135.000


Governance, public order and police

Multi-stakeholder approach for "Transparency " in corporate environment

Şeffaflık Derneği / Transparency International-Turkey


The project aims to strengthen Turkey's business environment and to reduce the level of uncertainty and complexity of the legal and institutional system of anti-corruption in Turkey. Therefore it has been specifically aimed to empower companies in knowhow and also establishing adequate procedures for managing corruption risks and to comply with the best practices and international anti-corruption and good governance standards.


June 2014 -April 2015

TL 89.910

Effective Anti-Corruption Programmes for the Turkish Business Community


Şeffaflık Derneği /  Transparency International Turkey

This project aims to promote awareness and understanding on ‘anti-corruption compliance’ programmes among the business community and strengthen self-monitoring systems of Turkish enterprises. Through a systematic approach, producing a roadmap for adoption of a proactive approach towards possible corrupt relations as well as stimulating change towards a corruption-free business environment is being targeted.


January 2015 – January 2016

Euro 69.995


Ongoing projects – Human Rights







Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Commercial Agriculture in hazelnut harvesting in Ordu


Uluslararası Çalısma Örgütü / International Labour Organization (ILO)

The project aims to eliminate worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in seasonal commercial agriculture in hazelnut harvesting in Ordu province, a city in the Black Sea Region, through developing a strategic intervention model which would in turn contribute the policy-making process for the elimination of WFCL in Turkey.

November 2012- June 2015

Euro 180.000

Corporate Social Responsibility for Enterprises

Türk Girişim ve Iş Dünyası Konfederasyonu / Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation

This project aims to increase awareness and develop capacity of TURKONFED member companies on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey

December 2014-July 2015

TL 196.040


Support to Human Rights Activists

Using HRE as a Tool to Activate Human Rights Defenders

İnsan Hakları Derneği / Human Rights Association

There is a need for activating human rights activists on discrimination oriented especially towards migrants and LGBTI community in Turkey. Activation of human rights activists is important to secure the sustainability of activism and social movements

December 2014-December 2015

TL 169.570


LGBT Rights

Unheard, Unseen: Mapping Violence Against Transgender Women in Turkey and Provision of Legal Support for the Victims

Kırmızı Şemsiye Cinsel Sağlık ve İnsan Hakları Derneği / Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association


The general aim of this project to increase awareness on problems of transgender women and mapping violence they face in ten (10) cities (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Konya, Eskişehir, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Antalya, Bursa) in Turkey. 


May 2014-March 2015

TL 20.000

Transgender Hotline

Trans Danışma Merkezi Derneği / Counselling Center for Transgender People (T-Der)


The aim of the project is to help Trans-genders during their transition process.


August 2014-January 2015

TL 85.500


Freedom of information/belief

Supporting and Implementing Projects on Communication and Development


IPS İletişim Vakfı / IPS Communication Foundation-Bianet

The overall aim of this project is to contribute in raising and strengthening media awareness, particularly mainstream media, on peace journalism via release of a guidebook and online library on peace journalism. The broader aim of the project is contributing in raising and strengthening public awareness on social and political reconciliation.


November 2014 - November 2015


Euro 23.730

The State of Democracy in Turkey

Toplumsal Katılım ve Gelişim Vakfı / Social Participation and Development Foundation

Have an open discussion with  university students and in the format of a round-table on democracy, with a special focus on women’s rights and social media and internet freedoms, in Turkey on the basis of Turkish Policy Quarterly magazine that will be published on these subjects..

November 2014 - May 2015

Euro 21.410


Women’s Rights 

Increasing Women in Politics 

Ka.Der Kadıköy

The overall aim of this project is to raise the representation of women in local governments by raising awareness about the importance of having women in representative positions in politics in general and having them involved in decision making mechanisms. The implementing organization hopes to achieve this by actively reaching out to women candidates and nominees in order to increase the number of women representatives in their local branches.

December 2014 – June 2015

Euro 24.000

Awareness Activities against Forced Marriage of Children

Başak Kültür ve Sanat Vakfı / Başak Culture and Art Foundation

The overall aim of this project is to increase the awareness of women who were forcibly married at a young age and girls who run the risk of being married off. In order to prevent forced and early marriages of women who are vulnerable to psychological, physical, sexual and economic abuse and exploitation; women, their families, communities, local governments and NGO’s should be informed about their rights

November 2014 - July 2015

Euro 24.000


Other important Human Right subjects




Own Your Vote

Oy ve Ötesi / Vote and Beyond Association

improving citizens’ engagement in local governance strengthening social cohesion and interaction between different segments of society (highly polarised groups, socially disadvantaged groups) by needs assesment, meetings with local authorities, monitoring and networking  activities and  advocacy for improvement of legislation in the process of decision making for the needs of all citizens.


December 2014 – December 2015

Euro 24.500

Youth Disseminating Life Skills 

Çocuk Koruma Merkezlerini Destekleme Derneği / Association of Support for Child Protection Centers

The overall aim of this project is to put an end to the lack of knowledge under university students concerning child abuse and neglect. With this project the implementing organization hopes to increase the knowledge and capabilities of university students whose future work-life is more prone to aspects related to violence against children e.g. medicine, media, social services, health services etc.

November 2014-November 2015

Euro 24.681,-