The role of humanitarian NGOs in Turkey's peacebuilding
Aras, Bülent and Akpınar, Pınar (2014) The role of humanitarian NGOs in Turkey's peacebuilding. (Accepted/In Press)
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This article illuminates the role of humanitarian NGOs in Turkey’s peacebuilding. Turkish humanitarian NGOs pursue low-level peacebuilding, focusing on interaction with grassroots, as opposed to the high-level peacebuilding of the state based on official interaction. Their key features are the pursuit of a normative approach; flexibility; the absence of conditionality; sustainability; private rather than official funding; religious and cultural values; and the tendency to promote Turkey abroad without a genuine nationalist agenda. Although the institutional consolidation of these NGOs as a sector remains a distant goal, they are not likely to disappear given the considerable societal and political will behind their work. Their success depends on building a comprehensive strategy with efficient coordination and cooperation in a pluralist environment.
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