3 insights for refugee work on the Turkey-Syria border

By Jennifer Ehidiamen 14 November 2016

Guler Altinsoy, co-founder of the social enterprise International Development Management. Photo by: IDEMA

One of the greatest humanitarian challenges facing the world today is serving Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. In Turkey, some 3 million refugees are spread across cities and towns and most are unlikely to go home anytime soon.

Government leaders, nongovernmental organizations and development agencies are seeking new ways to meet immediate needs while building a sustainable future. Among the most pressing demands are to help refugees integrate into local society, enroll in education, and become self-sufficient over the medium and long term.

Devex spoke with Guler Altinsoy and Ali Ercan Ozgur, the founders of Turkey-based social enterprise International Development Management, or IDEMA, to seek insights into the innovative ways development organizations can help.

IDEMA provides expert analysis and reporting for aid groups, agencies, and businesses, including studies on refugee needs in Turkey. Both founders have deep personal experience working in the border-cities where Syrian refugees first cross into Turkey. Drawing from their time in the field, they offered insights on what humanitarians need to know.

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Jennifer Ehidiamen is a Nigerian writer who is passionate about communications and journalism. She has worked as a reporter and communications consultant for different organizations in Nigeria and overseas. She has an undergraduate degree in mass communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, and M.A. in business and economics from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. In 2014, she founded Rural Reporters (www.ruralreporters.com) with the goal of amplifying underreported news and issues affecting rural communities.

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