You’re invited to the Resilient Cities of the Future Workshop!

📢 You’re invited to the Resilient Cities of the Future Workshop!

🗓️ Organised by the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK) in strategic collaboration with HBR Turkiye, and hosted by the Habitat Association, the event will feature three panels on “Creating Project Value Through Focusing on Social and Environmental Impact”, “Financing Place-Based Impact Investing”, and “Creating Impact on the Ground”.

💻 To attend the workshop in person or to follow it online, please register through the following link: click for registration. 

🌍 Don’t miss this important event that brings together the concepts of Impact Investment with Urban Resilience and aims to lay the groundwork for pilot projects!

*The event will be held in Turkish.

Turkiye hosted SDG Impact Standards Training for Trainers  

The global SDG Impact Standards Training of Trainers was held on 13-15 February 2023 in Istanbul. The accredited training course coordinated by Etkiyap, hosted by Sabancı Arf Almost Ready to Fly, and organised by EYDK was delivered by two highly skilled competent trainers from UNDP SDG Impact and SVI. The program aimed to provide 17 international experts with the accreditation of becoming trainers for the SDG Impact Standards.

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Cities will Prosper with Impact Investing

“The Potential of Urban Healing and Advancement in Türkiye: Through the Lens of Impact Investing” report is launched!

While fusing impact investing into the urban context, “Urban Healing and Advancement” framework focuses on holistic planning, community empowerment, stakeholder engagement, and access to sustainable capital flows and commercial opportunities.

The report is prepared by EYDK in partnership with The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), with the support of its local project partners, Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences, Arz Portfolio, Trakya Kalkınma Ajansı/Development Agency, TSKB Real Estate Appraisal and the international workshop partner UrbanOvation.


“The Potential of Urban Healing and Advancement in Türkiye: Through the Lens of Impact Investing Report”

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EYDK Held the Last Board Meeting of the Year!

EYDK Held the Last Board Meeting of the Year!

EYDK President Şafak Müderrisgil and EYDK Secretary General Onur İlhan presented the activities of EYDK for 2022.

The Sustainable Development Goals within the Context of Resilient Startups and Climate Action panel was hosted by EYDK at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27. The participants of the panel, EYDK President Şafak Müderrisgil, Founder One Impact Leader Cem Leon Menase, Advisor to the Rector of Bahçeşehir University, Prof. Dr Esra Hatipoğlu and Türkiye Development Investment Bank, Sustainability and Environmental Social Impact Management Manager Erhan Çalışkan shared their impressions about the conference with the EYDK members.

Within the framework of Turkiye’s MIKTA platform term presidency, the Joint Forces for Impact Investing Report was prepared by the impact leaders of MIKTA countries with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Deputy Director General for Multilateral Economic Affairs, Head of the Department, Aslı Güven, spoke about the importance of the MIKTA platform and conveyed her views on the report’s contribution to the partnership.

The Ministry of Treasury and Finance’s new EYDK representative General Directorate of Economic Programs and Research, Deputy General Manager, Ali İbrahim Gür, also attended the meeting and shared his views.

The Impact Investment and Civil Society Conference Report was Published

Within the scope of the Technical Assistance for Implementation of Civil Society Dialogue and Civil Society Support Programme implemented by the Directorate for EU Affairs, the Impact Investment and Civil Society Conference report, which was held on March 29th 2022, was published in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs and the support of Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK).


Click here to read the report (Turkish)

Five G20 Countries Joined Forces for Impact Investing

We are pleased to inform you about our recent international collaborative and fruitful project as the Impact Investing Advisory Board Türkiye and its outcomes.

As part of Türkiye’s term presidency of the MIKTA platform, the impact leaders of five G20 member countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Türkiye and Australia) prepared the Joint Forces for Impact Investing Report. It was presented at the MIKTA side event on December 15th, 2022. The National Advisory Boards of the five countries worked with The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) to create ideas for collaboration among countries to develop their impact investing ecosystems.

This collective report presents the impact investment ecosystems of MIKTA countries, highlighting the status and potential of each country while focusing on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit by setting specific social and environmental goals in addition to financial ones.

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EYDK Discussed the Contribution of Impact-oriented Startups in Climate Action at COP27

EYDK discussed the contribution of impact-oriented startups in climate action at COP27.

At the panel held at COP27, Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK) discussed how startups will contribute to climate action by complying with the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on social and environmental impact.

EYDK, the national advisory board representing Türkiye in the world of impact investing worth 2.3 trillion dollars, hosted the Sustainable Development Goals Panel at the 27th Climate Summit (COP27) organised by the United Nations (UN) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The panel took place on the 9th of November. The speakers of the panel were Şafak Müderrisgil, President Impact Investment Advisory Board, Founder One Impact Leader Cem Leon Menase, Bahçeşehir University Advisor to the Rector Prof. Dr Esra Hatipoğlu and Seçil Yıldız, Deputy General Manager of the Development and Investment Bank of Türkiye.

The panel discussed how initiatives could contribute to climate action by being impact-oriented and SDG compliant. Within this context, strategies of institutions from different sectors, examples of best practices, and future roadmaps were discussed in order to raise awareness and develop the required capacity. The panel was a platform for the establishment of national and international collaborations at the EYDK by demonstrating the common value on where the participating institutions can base their relevant SDG compliance and Climate Action studies.

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“EYDK Discovers Circular Economy and Waste Management”

EYDK Discovers Circular Economy and Waste Management

Impact investment opportunities in Circular Economy and Waste Management were discussed at the EYDK seminar.   

The national board of impact investing, EYDK, which focuses on generating financial returns by creating positive social and environmental impact, brought the private sector and academia together to discuss opportunities offered by the transition to a circular economy and effective waste management. The seminar was organised online by the Impact Investment Advisory Board (EYDK) on October 24th and started with the introduction of opportunities listed in the Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption area of the SDG Investments platform Turkiye, which was implemented with the strategic cooperation of EYDK and UNDP.


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The Second Event of the Sustainable Future Talks with Entrepreneurs Series Took Place

The second event of the Sustainable Future Talks with Entrepreneurs series took place.

The second event of the Sustainable Future Talks with Entrepreneurs series, organised by the Impact Investment Advisory Board (EYDK), aiming to make the voice of impact-oriented initiatives heard and to listen to their journeys, was held at Bahçeşehir University Future Campus with the title of “Creating Impact Value Proposition” under the sponsorship of Etkiyap. At the event, developments in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, impact measurement and management, positive impact-oriented funds and SDG approaches in entrepreneurship were discussed.

Experts, fund managers and many innovative and solution-oriented entrepreneurs attended the event that was held on Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 at Bahçeşehir University Future Campus. The event was held to highlight the impact potential of entrepreneurs and help them integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approaches to their initiatives. During the event, a platform was created where stakeholders could establish new collaborations and share their ideas within the framework of impact ecosystem, impact measurement and management, positive impact-oriented funds and SDG approaches in entrepreneurship.


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The EYDK was represented on behalf of Türkiye at the AVPN Conference Focusing on the Construction of an Impact Investment Ecosystem in Asia

EYDK participated in the AVPN Conference focusing on building the impact investing ecosystem in Asia

Şafak Müderrisgil, President of EYDK, was the keynote speaker from Türkiye at the AVPN Conference organized through the National Advisory Boards. National Advisory Boards will influence the impact investing movement through impact product innovation, policy advocacy, and directing more capital towards the SDGs in Asia’s emerging markets.

The AVPN (Asian Social Venture Network) conference, which took place from June 21-24, 2022 at the Bali International Convention Center, is an all-inclusive platform that embraces all forms of participation and includes the private, public and social sectors to increase the effectiveness of members in the Asia Pacific region. Şafak Müderrisgil, President of the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK), attended the AVPN Conference as a speaker from Türkiye.

Based in Singapore and with more than 600 members from 35 countries, AVPN is Asia’s #1 funder network and aims to build a vibrant and high-impact social investment community in Asia. AVPN’s mission is to contribute to a more strategic, collaborative and results-oriented approach to philanthropy and social investment. To achieve this, it aims to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital into the social sector and ensure that capital is used as effectively as possible.

EYDK President Şafak Müderrisgil: “Asia’s largest social investment gathering is one of the biggest events of the year in this field, bringing together funders and resource providers from around the world to share knowledge, build strategic partnerships and address socio-economic challenges at scale. We believe the conference will influence private equity and institutional investment and impact investing over the next decade.”

The agenda of the AVPN Global Conference 2022, including more than 6 plenary sessions, 42 breakout sessions, workshops, networking experiences and small group sessions, will provide an in-depth analysis of thematic areas that represent the most pressing challenges in the region. The conference will focus on climate action, gender, health and nutrition, and economic opportunities. In addition to EYDK President Şafak Müderrisgil, Masataka Uo, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Japan Fundraising Association and GSG, Krisztina Tora, Chair of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing – Market Development, and UNDP Devahuti Choudhury, SDG Asia-Pacific Impact Specialist, were among the speakers of the conference.

The Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK), which represented Türkiye at the conference, serves as a platform that facilitates the development of impact investing in Türkiye. Its main purpose is to ensure that all stakeholders gather around a common language and map the impact investment areas in Türkiye. EYDK attaches great importance to the development of the necessary infrastructure. EYDK believes that the establishment of a national impact measurement framework plays a critical role in infrastructure development and supports policy development and engagement processes while building mutually beneficial global, regional and local partnerships.