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About ULFED

The Civil Society Organizations’ Platform (ULFED) is an independent, non-profit union and a legal entity registered with the Turkish “Directorate General for Relations with Civil Society”. It includes Syrian-origin, Turkish-established civil society organizations. It works on developing the coherence of Syrian civil society institutions within the Turkish context. This is achieved through enhancing communication, supporting capacity building, and creating a legal environment.

The Civil Society Organizations Platform was established in 2021 with the merger of the Federation of Civil Society Organizations, which dates back to 2012, and the Syrian Associations Platform, which dates back to 2014, based on the necessity of raising the level of cooperation and coordination between Syrian civil society organizations registered in Turkey, and in an effort to raise the level of interaction. Syrian civil society organizations with various Turkish parties.

The Administrative Structure

General Secretariat

Board of Directors

General Manager

Working Team

Work of the Platform

Providing consulting services, organizing press releases and training workshops, and launching programs and projects that increase the coherence of Syrian-origin civil society institutions within the Turkish context at all levels.

Supporting civil society projects and initiatives that help improve society's impression of Syrians and support their integration in Turkey at all levels.

Developing the relations of Syrian-origin civil society institutions with various Turkish parties, whether societal, institutional, or official.

Producing various reports and technical policy papers about civil society institutions and their associated work areas for use in developing responses, strategic vision, and the legal environment.

Presenting the needs and challenges of civil society institutions to official authorities to contribute to improving the legal and bureaucratic environment based on the principle of public benefit. Providing consulting services and organizing training workshops and conferences that contribute to increasing the capabilities of civil society institutions and promote their adoption of principles of civil peace, governance, development, transparency, cooperation, women and youth empowerment, and sustainability.

Objectives

 Building and enhancing communication and coordination channels between civil society institutions and all relevant entities.

Developing the legal and bureaucratic environment in a way that positively reflects on the effectiveness of civil society institutions.

Building the capacities of civil society institutions in line with society’s aspirations.

Developing the integration of Syrians within the Turkish context at the institutional and societal levels.

Increasing awareness among various Turkish societal or official parties about Syria and Syrians.

Promoting the principles of civil peace, governance, development, transparency, cooperation, women and youth empowerment, and sustainability in civil society institutions

Our Values

  • Independence and positive neutrality towards various political and societal parties.
  • Commitment to the values of cooperation and neighborliness and shared history, culture, and interest between the Syrian and Turkish people.
  • Adoption of the principles of civil peace, governance, development, transparency, cooperation, women and youth empowerment, and sustainability.
  • Providing support and services to all platform members regardless of political and intellectual affiliations.
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