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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Impact Measurement and Management Summit: Time to Act in Türkiye

 

The “Impact Measurement and Management Summit: Time to Act in Türkiye,” organised in collaboration between TED University and the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK), has achieved significant success!

The “Impact Measurement and Management Summit: Time to Act in Türkiye,” organized in collaboration between TED University and the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK), has successfully concluded. The summit emphasized the importance of Impact Measurement and Management in the transition to the impact economy and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Turkey. During the summit, experts discussed various standards and frameworks in Impact Measurement and Management, social value, Social Return on Investment (SROI), and the use of SDG Impact Standards in impact management, as well as insights from data for impact.

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A First in Türkiye: Social Impact Bond Launched!

Free software training will be provided to young people in Istanbul to ensure their employment.

Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), operating under the coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Technology’s Directorate General for Development Agencies, has launched a $1.25 million Social Impact Bond to train and employ young unemployed individuals. Through the Social Impact Bond, young individuals entering the software sector will be equipped with future skills through an educational program and will be employed.

First Social Impact Bond: “Istanbul Coding” Project Has Begun!

The Istanbul Coding Project aims to enhance the talents and skills of young people by providing them with software training. Young individuals who successfully complete the software training programs will gain opportunities in the software sector. With this project, 550 unemployed young people will be employed, equipped with future skills. Additionally, the demand for trained human resources in the software field by companies will be met.

 

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GLM 2023 Istanbul Inaugural Event – Watch Now on Youtube!

The GSG Leadership Meeting (GLM), organised in collaboration with the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK) and The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), will take place in Istanbul on May 30 and June 1, 2023. Path to Impact Economy: Bridging the Global North and Global South in Türkiye’s Centennial Year” is the event’s theme, where 150 impact investment leaders from 50 countries will come together with their counterparts in Türkiye.

  • Şafak Müderrisgil, President, Impact Investing Advisory Board, EYDK
  • Ahmet İhsan Erdem, CEO, Istanbul Financial Center
  • A. Burak Dağlıoğlu, President, Investment Office of the Presidency of Türkiye
  • Sir Ronald Cohen, President, The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, GSG
  • Şafak Müderrisgil, President, Impact Investing Advisory Board, EYDK

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen, Vice President, Office of Development Policy at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Sahba Sobhani, Director, UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development
  • Ahmet Şimşek, Deputy Director General, Development Agencies, the Ministry of Industry and Technology
  • İbrahim Öztop, CEO and Board Member, the Development and Investment Bank of Türkiye, and the Chair, the Turkish Capital Markets Association
  • Laurie Spengler, Founder and CEO, Courageous Capital Advisors, Global Ambassador to the GSG
  • Fatma Çınar, Director, TKBB, Participation Banks Association of Türkiye
  • Ebru Şenel Erim, Corporate Affairs & Communications Director, Unilever NAMETRUB, Chairperson, Sustainable Development Working Group, YASED

Moderator:

  • Serdar Turan, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review Türkiye

Speakers:

  • Louisa Vinton, Resident Representative, UNDP Turkey
  • Ali Şahin, Genel Manager, Founder One
  • Can Atacık, Member of the Executive Committee, Etkiyap
  • Cem Baytok, Managing Partner, idacapital
  • Ayşe Sabuncu, Co-founder, Impact Hub Istanbul
  • Hakan Ertürk, General Manager, Kızılay Impact Investmentand Consulting

Moderator:

  • Serdar Turan, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review Türkiye

Speakers:

  • Ibukun Awosika, GSG Trustee, Founder and CEO, The Chair Centre Group
  • Zeynep Bodur, President and CEO, Kale Group of Companies
  • Ebru Özdemir, Chairperson, Limak Group of Companies
  • Handan Abdurrahmanoğlu, Director, Regional Marketing, Business Transformation & Growth South Asia, Arçelik Global

Moderator:

  • Serkan Valandova, Secretary General, YASED, International Investors Association

Speakers:

  • Fabienne Michaux, Director, SDG Impact Standards, Deputy Chair and AFRC Chair,Housing Choices Australia,
  • Chul Woo Moon, GSG Trustee, Professor in Strategy, the School of Business, Sungkyunkwan University –
  • Seçil Sayın Kutluca, Deputy Head, Strategy Development Department, Capital Markets Board of Türkiye
  • Hale Özsoy Bıyıklı,Director, Türkven PE, Vice President,Impact Investing Advisory Board, EYDK
  • Ceyda Özgün,Social Impact Coordinator, and Member of the Executive Committee, Etkiyap
  • Gonca Ongan, Managing Director, Koç University Social Impact Forum (KUSIF), Founding Member, Turkish Social Entrepreneurship Network

Moderator:

  • Onur İlhan, Secretary General, Impact Investing Advisory Board, EYDK

GLM 2023 Inaugural Meeting: Türkiye Gearing Up for Regional Impact Investing Hub Status

The GSG Leadership Meeting (GLM), organised in collaboration with the Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK) and The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), took place in Istanbul on May 30 and June 1, 2023. ”

Path to Impact Economy: Bridging the Global North and Global South in Türkiye’s Centennial Year” is the event’s theme, where 150 impact investment leaders from 50 countries came together with their counterparts in Türkiye.

 

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Sunshine of Şanlıurfa Project

The Impact Investing Advisory Board (EYDK) started the activities of the Sunshine of Şanlıurfa project in February 2023 under the ENHANCER project, which the European Union funds through International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

We are pleased to support women empowerment and refugees’ livelihoods as part of EYDK’s data-driven thematic areas.

ENHANCER is financed by the EU and implemented in coordination with the General Directorate of Development Agencies, the Ministry of Industry and Technology, and ICMPD. The budget of ENHANCER is 32.5 million euros, and it is implemented in 11 provinces (Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Gaziantep, Adana, Mersin, Konya, Şanlıurfa, Kayseri, and Hatay).

In October 2021, EYDK partnered with the Turkish Grameen Microfinance Program (TGMP) for capacity development in implementing the ENHANCER Project. The project has a budget of approximately 30,000 euros, with 90% covered by the ENHANCER grant.

Through the TGMP, the ongoing project aims to create sustainable partnerships among local and national stakeholders in Şanlıurfa, enhance the capacity of entrepreneurship institutions, and include women from Syrian refugees with temporary protection status and the local population in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The project also aims to promote entrepreneurship at the grassroots level and utilize entrepreneurship for social cohesion.

Under our project with contract number ICMPD/2023/ENHANCER-353-1230010, we have reached the stage of designing, preparing, and finalizing training materials for the training trainers and training materials for the final beneficiaries.

The training of trainers will be provided to TGMP personnel, aiming to enhance their capacity through this training. TGMP will have the implementation capacity for the project in 65 active provinces in Turkiye. After completing the training, trained individuals will provide entrepreneurship training to 150 women ultimate beneficiaries in Şanlıurfa. The training materials will be published for the public, and a final report of the project will be shared with the public. This way, it aims to reduce the budget by half for implementing similar projects by different institutions.

 

 

The 1st Board Meeting of the Impact Investing Advisory Board for 2023

📢 The 1st Board Meeting of the Impact Investing Advisory Board for 2023 took place online on March 30!

At the meeting, the details of the global interventions were shared, and the activities planned for this year were discussed.

As EYDK, we remain actively engaged in the impact investment ecosystem on a global scale through our partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders to maintain our catalyser role. #etkiyatırımı #impinv #EYDK

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.