Habitat Derneği (Habitat) is a non-governmental organization that is active in the sustainable development field. Habitat was founded with the goal of improving the roles that youth play in sustainable development by activists who gathered for the ’95 World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen and ’97 Habitat II Summit of United Nations.
Habitat’s original vision was to bridge the communication gap between global youth and Turkish youth, and to reach that vision it has developed multiple programs and projects to increase the capabilities of Turkish youth and establish international partnerships.
Habitat believes in the efficiency of communities acting in an organized and voluntary manner. As well as contributing to the foundation of many mechanisms like the TOBB Genç ve Kadın Girişimciler Kurulları (TOBB Youth and Women Entrepreneurs’ Councils), it also has been a key player in the formation of the Kent Konseyi (City Councils), Gençlik, Kadın, Engelli ve Çocuk Meclisleri (Youth’s, Women’s, Disabled Persons’ and Children’s Parliaments), and Ulusal Gençlik Parlementosu (National Youth Parliament).
Since 1997, with its thousands of young volunteers in all 81 cities of Turkey, Habitat has been:
- working – without discrimination of religion, language, race, gender, sexual orientation, political or other opinion – for all groups in a community that are at disadvantage,
- developing and implementing capacity-building projects in the management, informatics, financial literacy and entrepreneurship fields,
- contributing to public policies at the local, national and global levels.
Habitat establishes and maintains multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments, local administrations, the public sector and non-governmental organizations. It is also a strategic partner of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).