In Turkey UNICEF, together with its partners, works to reach the most vulnerable children with essential interventions in education, child protection, social protection and child survival.
We monitor the situation of child rights and advocate for legislative and systems changes, providing policy recommendations and technical support to improve policies and partnerships for children.
We collect, analyze and share quality data and evidence to better inform programmes, campaigns and initiatives wherever they are needed most.
All children have the right to survive, thrive and reach their full potential. This means ensuring equal access to basic services, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity or religion. It means working to achieve gender fairness and equality in all aspects of life. It means giving voice to adolescent boys and girls and empowering them to become agents of change within their own communities.
Turkey Country Programme
UNICEF Turkey Country Programme builds upon ongoing efforts to strengthen and expand existing national systems – particularly in education, child protection and social protection – to address the needs of children and adolescents in Turkey, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable.
Through partnerships with the government and civil society, efforts to support Syrian and other refugee children have been scaled up, with a strong focus on resilience-building in host communities. Quality data and evidence is also being collected and analyzed to inform future programming and strengthen advocacy on child rights in Turkey.
Humanitarian Action in Turkey (2013-present)
With over 70 years of experience operating in crisis contexts, UNICEF has a critical mandate when it comes to providing humanitarian assistance to children and families in need.
Since 2013, UNICEF has supported the Government of Turkey to respond to the needs of nearly 3 million Syrians refugees – almost half of whom are children. In addition, since 2015 UNICEF has been working closely with the government and NGO partners to deliver immediate assistance to vulnerable refugee and migrant children and families on the move toward Europe.
UNICEF works in the priority areas of Education, Child Protection, Social Protection, Youth Engagement and Basic Needs. Interventions are also carried out in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Health and Nutrition as required.
UNICEF works with a large number of ministries and governmental institutions including the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of the Family and Social Policies, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Development, the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Ministry of Youth and Sport, GAP Administration; as well as with Municipalities and civil society organizations such as the Turkish Red Crescent, Turkish National Committee for UNICEF and other national and international NGOs.
Turkish National Committee for UNICEF
In addition to a country office, UNICEF also enjoys the support of an independent national committee which helps promote UNICEF’s mission, engages in concerted advocacy on critical child rights issues, and mobilizes crucial resources for Turkey and countries across the world.