Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
83.0 million

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit https://ilostat.ilo.org/topics/volunteer-work/

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Measurement work

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    • Time Use Survey
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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

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Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?


Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?
11th National Development Plan 2019 - 2023 2019 View source

VNR Reporting

Report on Turkey's initial steps towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

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No mention

Turkey's Sustainable Development Goals

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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Table 2. SDG Practices in Municipalities, Tuzla Municipality organised a series of activities as a part of “No to drug addiction in Tuzla” project implemented under the leadership of Tuzla governorship and with the participation of civil initiatives. The project is based on volunteerism aimed to raise awareness. 

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Private Sector’s Ownership of SDGs - Leaders Platform For a Sustainable Future: Executing Entity: Yildiz Holding: Start & End Dates 2018-Ongoing: Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and leaders of companies with major share in the development of Turkish economy, in cooperation with B Lab Europe, the Leaders Platform for a Sustainable Future has been founded to forge a common vision of sustainability. The Platform aims to mobilise the transformative power of the private sector and leaders to contribute to environmental assets preservation, to develop a highly prosperous society and to implement a value-based economic development model in building a sustainable global future. An all-volunteer force convening at least once a year, the Platform addresses all aspects of the concept of sustainability, share good practices for economic, social and environmental goals, and discuss next steps. 

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Participation of young people in social life: A Young Volunteers Platform was founded to increase participation of young people in voluntary activities, disseminate the culture of volunteering and serve as a bridge between volunteers and organisations seeking volunteers. Operating on the basis of membership, the platform brings together volunteers and institutions looking for volunteers at www.gencgonulluler.gov.tr. 

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Temporary Education Centres (TECs) were established to meet educational needs of Syrian children in Turkey to ensure that they learn Turkish upon arrival or soon after, and because school capacities in locations where they lived were inadequate. At the initial phase, intensive Turkish language courses are provided in TECs where volunteer Syrian trainers also work. Syrian children, whose integration is thus supported, are gradually transferred to public schools under the Ministry of National Education (MoNE). Currently, 222,000 students are educated in TECs and the remaining 388,000 students are educated in MoNE schools. Approximately 13,000 volunteer Syrian trainers are employed in TECs and receive financial support on a monthly basis. 

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As part of the project “No to Drug Addition in Tuzla” led by the Municipality and District Governorate of Tuzla, and supported by non-governmental initiatives, voluntary awareness campaigns were undertaken and, 198 training programmes were organised where 311 volunteers trained 7,326 people. 

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National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE), composed of specialised volunteer medical professionals, offers emergency medical care and rescue services in times of extraordinary circumstances and natural disasters. The number of volunteer medical professionals and the quality of its medical teams specialising in different branches that makes UMKE one of the world’s leading medical rescue organisations. 

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2019 was declared as the Year of Volunteering and the Volunteering Strategy was launched to contribute to personal, vocational and social development of youth to enable them to become self-confident, entrepreneurial, active and participatory citizens in all aspects of social life. 

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My Sister project: The Project aims to socially and economically empower women to assume active roles in economy by equipping women with knowledge and skills for participation in economic life. Since the inception of the project, a total of 11,429 women including 537 refugee women were provided training on financial awareness, communications, information technologies and entrepreneurship in 30 provinces by 60 volunteer trainers and Habitat Associations employees. 

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AFAD Volunteering System makes it possible to include natural and legal persons who volunteer to assume roles in any phase of disaster management, to assign mission areas, to increase capacity by training, and to monitor their performance in the volunteering system. 

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Esenler District Municipality Activities for Vulnerable- Cemil Meric Volunteers Read Books to Persons with Disabilities for vulnerable groups have been implemented.

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The following policies will be implemented in the upcoming years to achieve 16: Guiding the youth towards sports, culture, arts, volunteer activities to prevent them from violence and harmful habits. 

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