SDG Impact Standards Training was held in Istanbul on February 15-17, 2024!

The SDG Impact Standards Training, organised by EYDK with the training partnership of Etkiyap and given as a prerequisite for EYDK membership, hosted by Sabancı ARF, was given by Ceyda Özgün, Etkiyap Chief Impact Officer, and Melek De-Wint, Etkiyap Board Member.

The training was held for three days with the participation of representatives from the Republic of Türkiye Investment Office, Ministry of Treasury and Finance of Türkiye, Bahçeşehir University, Garanti BBVA, Impact Hub Istanbul, idacapital, Kale Group, Limak, MAXİS, MLPCare, Sabancı ARF, Sachi Consultancy, Türkiye Emlak Katılım Bankası, Participation Banks Association of Türkiye.

EYDK Initiates the Transformation in the Business World with SDG Impact Standards! 

EYDK Initiates the Transformation in the Business World with SDG Impact Standards!

As a prerequisite for EYDK membership, the SDG Impact Standards Training will be implemented by EYDK starting in 2024. EYDK is committed to ensuring the accessibility of the SDG Impact Standards Training for all interested organisations, prioritising member institutions. This initiative aligns with the worldwide adoption of SDG Impact Standards by UNDP SDG Impact.

In this context, on February 13, 2024, the SDG Impact Standards Information Session for senior executives of EYDK member institutions was hosted by Kale Group President and CEO Zeynep Bodur Okyay, and SDG Impact Director Fabienne Michaux attended the session via video message. The session was concluded with a presentation by Ceyda Özgün, Chief Impact Officer at Etkiyap, the training partner and one of the founding members of EYDK.

The SDG Impact Standards Training, with the participation of EYDK members, will take place in Istanbul, hosted by Sabancı ARF, from February 15 to 17, 2024, and in Ankara, hosted by ODTÜ TEKNOKENT, from February 21 to 23, 2024.

 

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EYDK Paid a Visit to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mehmet Kemal Bozay

EYDK Chair of Executive Board Şafak Müderrisgil and Board Member Hakan Ertürk paid a visit to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mehmet Kemal Bozay. Throughout the meeting, discussions were held on the added value that impact investments would bring to foreign relations, recent developments in the field of impact investments, and the steps to be taken to enhance the impact investment ecosystem in Türkiye.

Visit to Bilişim Vadisi

EYDK Chair of Executive Board Şafak Müderrisgil and EYDK Secretary General Tuğçe Söğüt visited Erkam Tüzgen, the General Manager of Bilişim Vadisi, to share developments in the impact ecosystem of Türkiye, assess the next steps, and discuss potential collaborations.

EYDK 2024 Information Meeting Was Held on January 19th!

EYDK 2024 Information Meeting Was Held on January 19th!

During the meeting, EYDK’s new corporate structure, the introduction of the Board and the plans for 2024 were presented to ecosystem stakeholders.

EYDK, embarked on a mission to create an ecosystem with the goal of promoting sustainable growth by supporting impact investments in Türkiye, continues its mission to make Türkiye as an entry point to the regional market in the field of impact investment through collaboration with national and international stakeholders.

EYDK membership fosters the development of capacity in impact investment strategies and instruments as an innovative financing approach, providing opportunities to collaborate on policy recommendations and strategies with stakeholders from various sectors within the ecosystem, and offering the chance to closely track national and global developments.

”Alignment of Faith-Based Investments and Impact Investing” The Second Meeting of the Working Group Was Held on January 18th!

The second meeting of the ”Alignment of Faith-Based Investments and Impact Investing” Working Group established within EYDK took place on January 18th, hosted by the Turkish Participation Banks Association (TKBB). The meeting addressed topic such as COP28 outcomes, international best practices, identification of the stakeholder ecosystem, and exploreing alternative financing instruments.

Sunshine of Şanlıurfa Project Closing Event Held!

The Sunshine of Şanlıurfa Project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) under the coordination of the General Directorate of Development Agencies of the Ministry of Industry and Technology, within the framework of the ENHANCER project, led by the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK), in partnership with TGMP (Turkey Grameen Microfinance Program). 

The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of entrepreneurship institutions, empower Syrian and local women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem by encouraging sustainable partnerships between local and national actors, and ensure social harmony through scalable and adoptable projects.

The Closing Event organised within the scope of the project started with the opening speeches of EYDK Secretary General Tuğçe Söğüt and TGMP Southeastern Anatolia Regional Coordinator Mustafa Pehlivan. Tuğçe Söğüt emphasised the significance of women’s empowerment and stated, “Empowering women has been among the priorities of EYDK since its establishment, as it contributes to the impact economy in fundamental ways. We are delighted to have successfully completed our project in Şanlıurfa, where we were able to support women entrepreneurs through both corporate and individual capacity-building activities, making a significant contribution in this field.” Mustafa Pehlivan, highlighted the contribution of the project to women and expressed, “The Entrepreneurship Training provided by EYDK and TGMP collaboratively in our Şanlıurfa and Siverek branches has been a guiding light for 159 Turkish and Syrian women. It has illuminated the management and development of the businesses run by our working women. By nurturing and enhancing this light, our women will walk more comfortably on their own paths.” Nahid Galluf and Hatice Fidanoğlu, who participated to the Entrepreneurship Training given within the scope of the “Sunshine of Şanlıurfa” project, also shared their experiences at the event, which continued with the presentation of project outputs by Ceren Toraman, EYDK Knowledge and Project Management Specialist. After the speeches, the event continued with the Social Cohesion Workshop. During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to better acquaint themselves with each other through groups composed of Syrian and local women. Additionally, they reinforced the training received within the project’s scope by collaboratively developing business plans.

“A Strong Base for Growth” – EYDK Biennial Report (May 2021 – May 2023) Published!

“A Strong Base for Growth” – EYDK Biennial Report (May 2021 – May 2023) Published!

The report includes the founding story of the Impact Investing Advisory Board and offers a summary of its activities between May 2021 and May 2023. Additionally, it provides a general overview of the impact investment journey in Türkiye, addressing the key aspects such as Türkiye’s impact investment potential and EYDK’s vision for impact measurement and management.

You can access the detailed report here.