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About TİKA

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) was initially established under Statutory Decree Law 480 as an international technical assistance agency under the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. In 1999, it was entrusted to the Prime Minister’s Office with a Presidential Order. In 2011, the body of rules and the name of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) were updated and its flexible new structure enabled much quicker decision-making and helped its activities to continue in a more robust manner. TİKA is a public legal entity with a private budget, and since 2018 it carries out its activities under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


In line with Turkey’s humanitarian foreign policy, TİKA continued its institutional growth, widening the geographical and sectoral scope of the cooperation in extensive geography from Central Asia and the Balkans to Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.  Today, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency implements projects in over 150 countries with 62 Program Coordination Offices in 60 countries.

TİKA’s Vision

Becoming an efficient organization that is able to provide rapid and permanent solutions to regional and cultural issues in line with justice and equality by mobilizing all possible resources and using various tools and methods in all fields of development cooperation.

TİKA’s Mission

 In line with Turkish foreign policy and economic development; carrying out sustainable projects and activities that will support economic, social and humanitarian development processes and ensuring that our common historical and cultural legacy is carried forward in cooperation with relevant organizations, in countries where we pursue our activities.

8.	"The cultural and human-to-human bridges we have built bring us together around the common denominator of humanity." Wuse Zone 3 State Secondary School in Abuja, Nigeria
TİKA’s Core Values

TİKA’s work is guided by core values of Being Human-Oriented and Need-Oriented, Provision of Quality Products and Services, Impartiality and Transparency, Participation (ownership and engagement), Reliability, Being Result-Oriented, Efficiency, Productivity, and Appropriateness.

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) provided livestock support to youth who were victims of violence in Niger. Tahoua, Niger

Turkish Type Development Cooperation Model and TİKA

Turkey’s development cooperation efforts are shaped under the "Turkish Type Development Cooperation Model”, which can be summarized as human-oriented, empathetic to local sensitivities, creating opportunities and sustaining them in all human aspects. This Model is realized by about 150 public/private institutions as well as the NGOs and private sector organizations in the direction of the requests from countries where assistance is provided, TİKA plays a key coordination role for all Turkish stakeholders involved in development cooperation, including line ministries, public institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. 

As a demand-driven organization, TİKA’s activities focus on partner’s needs and priorities. This creates a diversified set of tools for TİKA such as capacity building, infrastructure building, humanitarian aid, cultural heritage and South-South cooperation. Also, many sectors like; education, health, culture, government, environment, trade and civil society are under the coverage of TİKA’s cooperation activities.  

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) equipped a bakery that provides vocational training to young people in Akonolinga, Cameroon

This perspective also embraces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and South-South cooperation. As an agency that completed activities and projects in more than 150 countries, TİKA focuses its development cooperation on promoting cultural heritage, supporting food security and nutrition, addressing unemployment, combating inequality, and advancing a development agenda conscious of the underlying role of peace, the rule of law, and governance in achieving development goals. 

In the town of El Charco, where Afro-Colombian and native people reside, the students can go to school safely and without getting wet thanks to the boats provided by TİKA. El Charco, Colombia.

Since its establishment in 1992, TİKA has carried out over 26.000 projects and activities in more than 150 countries on 5 continents. With the awareness that SDGs require a holistic approach, TİKA conducts activities to overcome global challenges in many areas, especially in health, education and humanitarian aid. TİKA projects are grant-based, human-oriented, demand-driven and carried out in cooperation with partner countries.  

In the field of humanitarian action; TİKA focuses on humanitarian relief for the damage caused by the conflicts in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia and many other geographies. TİKA also contributes to countries’ efforts in disaster relief as was the case following the earthquake in Mexico or Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. TİKA conducts humanitarian activities with a people-oriented approach in the field of infrastructure, education and emergency humanitarian aid. 

In the field of education; TİKA has implemented approximately 4,850 projects, including vocational trainings, to date. TİKA has built schools in many countries from Afghanistan to Macedonia and Albania, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Palestine to Iraq and Mexico. Hundreds of schools have been renovated in the geographies where it operates, enabling students from kindergarten to university to benefit from the quality and modern education opportunities in their own countries. Between the years 2011-2020 TİKA built and renovated over 1520 schools. 

In the field of health; TİKA realized hospital and health center construction, as well as ambulance and equipment donations. In addition, training activities have been carried out in countries that demand medical education at all levels, from first aid to specialist training. The number of hospitals and clinics built and renewed by TİKA between 2011 and 2020 is approximately 485. 

TİKA expands its development cooperation with LDCs with a human-oriented and demand-based approach in line with the Turkish Type Development Cooperation Model. TİKA also continues to work in the fields of cultural heritage protection /preservation, water and sanitation, improving administrative structures, supporting urban and rural services, strengthening agricultural infrastructures and supporting women. 

TİKA has been supporting ICT learning and development during  COVID-19 pandemic.  INEFOB Rangel Women's Vocational Training Center Luanda, Angola

All For A Smile

Since its establishment in 1992, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency -TİKA has carried out thousands of development cooperation projects and activities in more than 150 countries on 5 continents.

Engaging young people as actors of social transformations for conflict prevention and sustainable development

While many young people have often been marginalized in post-conflict situations and their potential to contribute to the creating of peace has mostly been underestimated. TİKA side by side with other initiatives sets a new focus and marks a shift in the perception of youth in fragile settings.

Youth in post-conflict societies have constituted an equally neglected demographic group in many geographies. It has been emphasized that the first dimension of  peacebuilding should set its focus on reconciliation and on the restoration and reconstruction of relationships and on social capital. From that point of view, peacebuilding entails the human capacity to envision and build new relationships in order to overcome challenges to minimise violence. Also it requires to instil curiosity to the certain layers of society particularly the young people in order to think and manifest themselves above societal divisions, eradicate prejudices and find new opportunities. Curricular and non-curricular activities like sports arts and voluntary initiatives spark creativity to think of new pathways so as to provoke social change. Through that it reduces risk in the repetition of cycle of conflict, and introducing new courses in peacebuilding.

Why is it crucial to make youth engage in this complex process that is peacebuilding? The role that youth play in post-conflict societies is decided by politics and the opportunities and potentials that youth have within this society. To empower youth in post-conflict societies TİKA has been working in many geographies since 1992 to build essential pillars in peacebuilding efforts. From that premise TİKA believes  education particularly vocational training play a critical role in creating an ecosystem where all young people can cultivate a sense of purpose, get essential livelihood skills and become change makers for peace and stability in post conflict and fragile situations. Other forms and complementary activities in arts and sports provide alternative options for engagement and empowerment for young people who have been victims of violence.

We believe diversifying youths’ options to educational opportunities also has the prospect to contribute to reconstruction programs and social stability by reducing inequalities in educational opportunities and other social frictions.


TİKA has built the third JAZARI LAB, a production, design, and try-and-do lab, within the Faculty of Engineering at the International University of Africa in Sudan. The JAZARI LAB project aims to contribute to the economic and social development of countries and offer design-based jobs. Khartoum, Sudan.
“Cheese and Yoghurt Production Facility Construction Milk and Milk Products Processing Training” Project

In cooperation with Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund, “Cheese and Yoghurt Production Facility Construction Milk and Milk Products Processing Training” Project was implemented in the rural Namibia. Otjizondu Namibia.

TİKA | Female Entrepreneurship

We keep female entrepreneurship at the heart of our development policies. Without entrepreneurship, there would be little innovation, little productivity growth, and few new jobs. Small-Scale Enterprises Development Agency Exchange Program, South Africa

TİKA | Agriculture

There is a growing notion that the best way to entice young people back to the farms is through making youths access information and communication technologies tailored for agriculture National Youth Council of Namibia Agricultural Skills Program Windhoek, Namibia.



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