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In collaboration with UNDP Turkey, the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (Türk Girişim ve İş Dünyası Konfederasyonu or TÜRKONFED) launched the Connecting Business initiative Turkey platform on November 17, 2018. Together with the Business for Goals (B4G) platform, CBi Turkey platform aims to strengthen the cooperation and collaboration of the private sector with the civil society, international organizations and public institutions in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
Immediately after the Elazığ Earthquake on 24 January 2020, B4G conducted a field visit, and post-disaster situation analysis reports were prepared. Furthermore, sets of proposals about workplace enhancements were formed to be evaluated during TÜSIAD and TÜRKONFED’s Executive Board meetings. The network organized various webinars and online sessions to identify and respond to the needs of local businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. B4G also created a list of trusted PPE manufacturers in Turkey to help match them with global buyers. With the support of the Government of Japan and in cooperation with UNDP and the Directorate General of Regional Development Agencies at the Ministry of Industry and Technology, B4G organized capacity-building activities for 3,000 unemployed young people from sectors defined as fragile (e.g., food, tourism, logistics, machinery, textiles, and the automobile industry).
From providing job opportunities to women in male-dominated sectors to supporting their digital inclusion, see how the private sector in Turkey is working for gender equality during the #COVID19 pandemic: https://t.co/GzbF6j95OD #Biz4Good pic.twitter.com/a60EUXzgUF— Connecting Business initiative (@Connecting_biz) August 30, 2021
On 30 October 2020, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Izmir. The earthquake was felt in the entire Aegean and Marmara regions. While the response was internal, with no external humanitarian assistance being requested, B4G and TÜRKONFED immediately mobilized a team for rapid damage and needs assessment. They then released situational reports that consolidated information on affected businesses, based on sector-specific damage assessment. As part of their earthquake recovery activities, the network conducted a Business Resilience Training Programme for 29 Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (SMEs) located in İzmir to increase their resilience to disasters and enhance their know-how on economic recovery. TÜRKONFED and TÜSİAD organized three workshops in collaboration with SEDEFED and B4G to bring together the leading representatives of five critical sectors (logistics, energy, communication, agriculture/food and finance/insurance) to combine their scenarios and measurements and generate a road map for earthquake preparedness.
Cover photo: UNDP Eurasia/Karen Cirillo