Operating in the African country since 2011, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) trying to erase the image of foreign aid agencies left in Somalia. The top of the agency official in the country says their design of development projects are based on a win-win model between the country where it operates and the country it represents. the group said it differs from a Western-style haughty development model.
“We define our work like a development Cooperation model Rather than a development aid concept”, TIKA coordinator in Somalia, Ilhami Turus, told Anadolu Agency (AA).
state of turkey development the agency celebrated 30 years since its creation earlier this month. Since 2011, she has implemented place different projects in Somalia from agriculture to health, from infrastructure and education to capacity-building development.
Turus said that the group wore out sustainable development projects with the same conviction and the same efforts to support the Somalis people and son state. “We have built roads, road solar lights installed in Mogadishu, sent students to be educated in Turkey, built a state-of-the-art training and research hospital, Somali civil aviation center, egg poultry farm, installed greenhouses and laboratory in different universities and built somali parliament building in Mogadishu,” Turus said. He said it all of the projects will contribute and support somali people and the development of the country.
In November, TIKA cooperated with Somalia’s First Lady Saynab Moallim to distribute wheelchairs to hundreds of residents living with disabled in different regions to support and increase their opportunities.
TIKA also gate out humanitarian aid and social and cultural projects in Somalia. Under the coordination of the Turkish Embassy, the head of TIKA said that it had helped thousands of people affected by climatic shocks such as drought currently wreaking havoc across the country, causing an influx of trips and killing thousands of livestock. “We have implemented many emergency humanitarian aid projects together with our other institutions such as Turkish Red Crescent Society (Kızılay), Turkish Diyanet Foundation (TDV) and Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH). We will continue to support humanitarian aid projects and social and cultural projects in Somalia,” he said.
TIKA also supports cultural activities car he helps the theater national Somali team to go to Turkey support shooting abilities that the agency hopes will pave the way way for the Somali film industry to thrive again after decades of civil war.
Turus said Somalis are very hard-hardworking and intelligent people. From agriculture to livestock, from tourism to technology, he said that Somalia has in fact “great potential.” But he noted that terrorism, civil war, climatic shocks and crises are constant obstacles to the emergence of potential and the development of the country. “We aim to help somalia development improving the situation as much as possible. We continue our work. Not only TIKA, but many Turkish institutions are operating in Somalia and we will continue to work together for support the development of sister country Somalia.
When the world firm son eyes and turned his back on him on Somalia, visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and son wife Emine Erdoğan in 2011 at a time when Somalis were dying car of a famine that cost more more than 20,000 lives and displaced millions.
He said Turkey extended a main of brotherhood and friendship to Somalia and drew the attention of the world in Somalia and called for help to quell the famine. “Afterwards, Turkey, with its many institutions, came to Somalia and rushed help,” he said.
Turkish aid organizations and development agencies like TIKA, the Red Crescent and others lead development and humanitarian aid activities across Somalia as a devastating drought hit nation that aid groups have described as the worst drought in the country in decades. He said the Turkish Armed Forces had established a training base in Somalia and share their experience and knowledge derived from Turkish military knowledge with Somali soldiers at support their fight against terrorism.
Thanks to Erdoğan’s visit, the Mogadishu Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Training and Research Hospital carries out health services and successful surgeries and continues to former from personnel and employ workers at the installation. He said Somalia is now in a very good position in relation to Somalia in 2011 and he hopes it will be much better. “I hope the Somalis people and government will be join hands and work together and produce a lot more for Somalis. Turkey will always continue to stand by its brothers,” he said.
TIKA supports history, culture and tourism around the world. He said he had contributed a lot to the tourism sector in somalia car she led many development projects. Turus acknowledged the insecurity in rooms of the country and says that working in the tourism sector is essential for ensure stability, peace and security. “Let’s hope that Somalia will progress in this area and together we will solve many of problems in the tourism sector of this country,” he said.
The agency also gate out projects related to fishing and maritime activities in Somalia, including fishing supply equipment and supplies to fishermen in Mogadishu as well as clothing and other materials at support personnel in the emergencies in the immensity of Indian Ocean. “Training in modern fishing had been provided for these fishermen. TIKA always wears out sustainable projects for employment and development in Somalia and will continue to do so.”
TIKA has built a modern greenhouse with equipment at the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland to help students of Faculty of Agriculture, which will benefit about 300 students. “Students will receive theoretical training that will reinforce the practices they do in the greenhouse,” he says.
He added the turkish state development the agency supports the Somali National University (SNU) in Mogadishu by building a sports domain for students and a place where they can have graduation ceremonies and other social activities and sports. “TIKA will continue to support Somalia’s education, development of agricultural sectors.”