T-ICSP originally approved by the ED in September 2017 and revised as per Revision 01 (approved by EB.1/2018).
Now entering its seventh year, the Syria crisis continues to affect the lives of millions of people, including more than three million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey. An upper-middle income country, Turkey is on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal two and related SDGs; however much of the large refugee population within its borders is vulnerable and in need of assistance to cover basic needs, including food, shelter, healthcare and education. The Government of Turkey has been consistently generous in its support to refugees, providing them with a legal status, protection and access to basic services.
This transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan builds on WFP’s partnership with the Government of Turkey, non-governmental partners and the international community to safeguard the basic needs of refugees. It focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 17 through the facilitation of a multi-stakeholder partnership, including the Government of Turkey, non-governmental organizations and the international donor community, namely the European Union’s largest humanitarian programme. The outcome of this partnership significantly contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 1 (No poverty) and Sustainable Development Goal 2 (End hunger). The partnership is delivered through an innovative approach that deploys a hybrid social assistance scheme, aligned with government systems, focused on resilience and integrating humanitarian safeguards, in a way that increases efficiency, sustainability, national ownership, and social cohesion.
The current plan builds on lessons learned from WFP operations in Turkey since 2012, the regional response to the Syrian crisis and global best practices. It is fully integrated with the Government’s response to the refugee population inside and outside of camps, including assistance to non-Syrian refugees outside of camps, and aligned with the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan for Turkey (2017-2018) and the United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy for Turkey (2016-2020).