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.