Civil Society Dialogue

-What is Civil Society?

Civil society is the “aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens.”

-What is Civil Society Dialogue and Why it is important?

Civil Society Dialogue is mutual dialogue between communities which come together around a common topic to know each other and to have information exchange. Dialogue is essential for the quality and permanence of the communication between communities. Civil Society Dialogue Programme is one of the programmes which are set to provide this dialogue.

-What is Civil Society Dialogue Programme?

Civil Society Dialogue is a programme bringing together civil society organisations from Turkey and the EU around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between the organisations.

The Programme is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The Ministry for European Union Affairs is the responsible institution for the technical implementation of the programme, while the Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the contracting authority.

Since its launch in 2008, the Civil Society Dialogue Programme has supported over 600 dialogue partnerships through 350 projects in many different fields, witnessing hundreds of activities to bring EU and Turkish communities closer together and create a greater mutual understanding amongst them. To date through the first three phase, a total of 42.5 million Euros has funded these activities.

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