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Turkey: Capacity Building External Update - January 2017

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475 Individuals received targeted training in 2017 so far


  • Capacity building is a key element in UNHCR Turkey’s strategy to better protect refugees and asylum-seekers, and the Organization considers it to be an integral part of delivering its international protection mandate. More specifically, capacity development activities are geared at: strengthening the technical abilities of national authorities; providing legislative support to ensure that laws and policies incorporate principles and standards that are compliant with international refugee law; promoting coherence of actions on the ground with the legal framework; and ensuring that refugees enjoy their rights and access to services which promote self-reliance. Though these initiatives, UNHCR supports Turkish authorities, civil society, partners and other humanitarian actors operating in the country as well as refugee and asylum-seeker communities.

  • Capacity building takes place at the policy, organizational and workforce levels. Different methodologies have been adopted to deliver its capacity building activities depending on the level of awareness of the target audience in order to enhance know-how as well as provision of services and programmes targeting persons seeking international protection. In a number of contexts interactive face-to-face training, coaching and workshops are used. Internship programmes, staff exchange programmes and on-the-job visits are also widely used to reinforce and complement the topics taught via face-to-face trainings.