Civil Society Sector is the framework Programme through which the support to civil society organisations between 2014 and 2020 as part of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) will be implemented. A total of 190 million euro financial aid, out of 4.5 million euro total agreed budget for the given IPA period, is accounted for supporting civil society. Civil Society Sector, with that, has established the ground to programme this support for civil society with a long-term strategy and vision.
The Sector Planning Document developed by the Ministry for European Union Affairs sets forward the general structure for this ground. In line with that any work with or for civil society should serve to the following four main objectives:
- Strengthening public-CSO dialogue
With the work supported under this heading, it is aimed to strengthen the cooperation between public sector and civil society organisations. With the help of the transparent mechanisms to be established, consultation with CSOs at local, regional and national level will be supported for policy development and good governance.
- Improving legal environment for civil society organisations
It is aimed to contribute to a more transparent and accountable environment for civil society with the supported projects to facilitate the establishment, operation, funding and monitoring of CSOs. Furthermore, improvement of CSO funding for capacity building and sustainability will also be supported.
- Improving capacity of CSOs
CSOs will become more effective in shaping, implementing and monitoring public policies with the support to strengthen their capacity for networking and active participation in public debate. Improvement of CSO-private sector cooperation will also be supported.
- Improving civil society dialogue
Establishment of long-term partnerships and cooperation between CSOs in Turkey and in EU member states will be supported. There will also be work to help CSOs own the dialogue process.
The Ministry for European Union Affairs, based on a 15-years of experience gained through its CSO-focussed approach and projects implemented in this area, will be the lead institution responsible for the programming and implementation of Civil Society Sector.