Supporting Democracy Building Measures across Turkey

This project provided space for structured dialogue and peacebuilding activities between leading civil society actors, policymakers and members of parliament from various political parties in Turkey. It aimed to bring together key stakeholders to reflect upon and learn from similar international experiences to resolve the longstanding ethnopolitical conflict in Turkey.

Conducted in collaboration with the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), the 12-month project held a round table conference exploring the role of civil society in peace-building in Turkey and organised a comparative study visit to Berlin for high-level Turkish and Kurdish politicians and leading civil society members (academia, journalists and human rights activists). Throughout the project, key stakeholders were provided opportunities to analyse and compare various mechanisms used in similar international scenarios and to develop recommendations for how best to include all stakeholders in peacebuilding and democratisation processes.

Timeframe

2012 - 2013

Partners & Funding

The project was conducted in collaboration with the Democratic Progress Institute and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Publications

  • Democratic Progress Institute: Why Civil Society and Conflict Resolution? Roundtable Meeting Istanbul. 2013. London: Democratic Progress Institute. Link >
  • Democratic Progress Institute and Berghof Foundation: Comparative Study Visit to Germany. 2013. London: Democratic Progress Institute. Link >