Habitat Association (Habitat) is a non-governmental organization that works in the field of sustainable development. Habitat was founded in 1997 by activists who came together for the Copenhagen Social Development Summit and the United Nations Habitat II Summit in 1995, aiming youth to play an active role in sustainable development.

With the organisational vision of building communication bridges between worlds’s and Turkey’s youth, Habitat has developed multiple projects and programs in order to improve the capacities of young people and establish international partnerships.

Habitat, which believes in the effectiveness of societies that act with organized and voluntary awareness, pioneered the establishment of the City Council, Youth, Women, Disabled and Children’s Assemblies and the National Youth Parliament. Also supported the formation of many mechanisms such as “TOBB Boards of Young and Female Entrepreneurs”.


Since 1997, with thousands of young volunteers in all 81 cities of Turkey, Habitat has been:

working with all disadvantaged groups in society without discrimination of religion, language, race, sex, sexual orientation, political opinion, implementing capacity building projects in the fields of governance, information, financial consciousness and entrepreneurship, contributing to public policies at the local, national and global level.

Habitat establishes multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments, local governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in all its work. Habitat is the strategic partner of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


Our Objective

The main objective of Habitat is to contribute to sustainable development by developing projects that support capacity improvement and participation to decision making processes of all disadvantaged groups, especially young people.

Our Principles

  • Transparency
  • Sustainability
  • Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Streamlining
  • Equality of Opportunity in Education
  • Societal Gender Equality
  • Equality of Access to Information
  • Local and Egalitarian Democracy

Constitution of Habitat Association

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From Our Partners


Paul Doany Türk Telekom
Andrea Karlsson İsveç Başkonsolosluğu
Anıl Çekiç Microsoft Türkiye