“Civil society and Politics Should Do Policy Together by Establishing an Equal Level of Relationship”
The participants whom we talk about the civil society and the political relations, agree that the form and the mentality of the hierarchical relationship between the civil society and the politics needs to change. The participants who listed various suggestions on how the relationship between two actors could change, believe that if the power of civil society increases, it is possible to develop policies at the same level and together with politics.
In our file called Pioneers of Civil Society, we talked to Sunay Demircan, the Founding Member and former Chairman of the Civil Society Development Center (STGM) and the member of the Board of Nature Conservation Center this week. Demircan shared with Sivil Sayfalar what he had accumulated from his activities, experiences and observations with local NGOs in various regions of Turkey, as well as corporate-level organizations such as WWF and STGM with a holistic perspective.”
Civil Society is still a ‘decorative item’ in national media content and coverage, despite a relative increase in its visibility, finds 'Representation of CSOs in National Media: Media Analysis' report of YADA Foundation.
Government inspections on non-governmental organizations in Turkey are ramped up following recent provisions of a law raising government suppression over civil society organizations. International funds and grants are reported to be the focus.
Although March began with promises of a Human Rights Action Plan, a severe winter storm had gathered already by the middle of the month: an MP stripped of his status and detained on Parliament premises, a court case filed to shutter an opposition political party – third biggest of the Parliament, a prominent human rights lawyer – president of a leading human rights organization - taken into custody.
Dialogue Mapping Research by YADA Foundation identifies the impediments before dialogue amongst the civil society and highlights solution proposals, while shedding light to various aspects of its dialogue with the public and private sectors.
“We talked with Bülent Özcan, Deputy Director General of Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate of EU Affairs, the Pre-Accession Financial Assistance (IPA), about the contribution of the civil society to the EU harmonization process and public-civil society relations.