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Name of the co-applicant Çankırı Sivil Toplum Derneği (Cankiri Civil Society Association)
EuropeAid ID number TR-2012-FJQ-0904646280
Countryand date of registration Turkish / Turkey, Cankiri and 29.07.2009
Legal Entity File number[1] N.A.
Legal status Non-governmental organization (NGO)

Derneğimiz STGM sayfası: http://www.stgm.org.tr/tr/stoveritabani/detay/9264/cankiri-sivil-toplum-dernegi

Çankırı Sivil Toplum Derneği (ÇSTD) 2009 yılında kurulmuştur. Küçük bir dernek olarak Çankırı’da bulunmaktadır. Derneğin amacı Çankırı bölgesinde sivil toplumun gelişimine katkıda bulunmak ve bunun için kadınlar, engelliler, kızlar, kırsal kadınlar, gençler, eski mahkumlar v.b. gibi dezavantalı gruplara yönelik sivil toplum faaliyetlerinde bulunmaktadır. Dernek bu zamana kadar kırsal kadınları kalkınması ve işgücüne katılımı, kız çocuklarının okullaşma oranlarının arttırılması, doğa turizmi, kırsal kadın girişimi ve engelli kadın ve kızlara şiddetin önlenmesi konusunda Ulusal Ajans ve Merkezi Finans ve Kalkınma Birimi (MFİB) projelerinde yer almıştır.

Dernek Başkanı ve Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı

Doç. Dr. Sezai Özçelik ozgec-2016


Dernek Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi

Doç. Dr. Ayşe Dilek Öğretir ozgec profluk-2018

Cankiri Civil Society Association (CCSA)

Our organization promotes civil society building. Our region is the near to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Yet, Cankiri is categorized as Tier II underdeveloped region scheme. Rural women in Cankiri and Turkey have been the most disadvantaged group in Turkey. We have already participated some projects that is related to return of rural women into work market as well as return of girls into primary, secondary and high schools.
The project addresses the themes related to women, labour and development. The women and labour issues are one of the priorities of the Turkish Ministries as well as the Central Finance and Contracting Unit together with ISKUR.Women’s participation into the labour market and female employment are the key challenges in the Turkish labour market. Women labour force participation rate is only 24,8% and women employment rate is 22,2% according to HLFS 2007. These figures show remarkable differences when compared to the EU where women’s employment is 58,6 %. The main reasons for inadequate employability of women are; lack of skills and vocational qualifications; traditional gender roles in the society that puts the responsibility of child and elderly care on women and patriarchal family structure in especially the poorer regions of the society. The other reason affecting women employability is the low educational attainment level of women. In order to tackle these issues, this grant aims to improve employability of women by dealing with socio-cultural obstacles which hinder participation to labour market, by promoting their access to employment and by training women in the T82-Kastamonu, Cankiri and Sinop region in accordance with local needs. In addition, this grant aims to support women entrepreneurship.
CCSA together with AFEC will be responsible for developing the content of labour market analysis and questionnaire for vocational guidance specialists.


Çankırı is geographically located as a bridge between the Black Sea Region and (Sinop and Kastamonu) and the Central Anatolia. Another important characteristic of Çankırı is that it is the second nearest city to Ankara (the capital of Turkey).

Çankırı has a total population of 174.012 (2007) with the high percentage of women (the percentage is is 50,12 and women population is 87.320). 50% of the population’s age ratio is under 30. Relatively young population of Çankırı provides a chance to sustained economic development for the city as well as for the region if this population is trained to gain (or develop existing) vocational competencies.

The city’s economy is based on agriculture. Although 32% of the area is suitable for agriculture, 70% of the workforce is employed in the agricultural sector. Only 40% of suitable area for agriculture can be watered. And the rate of immigration from rural areas to urban areas is very high.

Çankırı, like other provinces of the TR82 region, suffers from low incomes with GDP per head considerably below the national average. In addition, there are shared problems of outmigration, declining rural populations, and the need to address problems of the rural economy. There is an urgent need to develop new employment opportunities.

As a result of the fact that the agricultural population is gradually decreasing because of the land-workforce inequality and increasing urbanization, the importance of vocational education becomes even more important than before.

According to a report prepared by Turkish Prime Ministry General Directorate on the Status of Women, TR82 region (Kastamonu, Çankırı, Sinop) has one of the lowest unemployment rates in NUTS II region. (% 5). For this region, the unemployment rate for women is 5.3 percent and for men 4.8 percent (http://www.ksgm.gov.tr/Pdf/ekonomi_ing.pdf).

Although unemployment levels appear to be low in comparison wıth EU member states, this reflects outmigration, subsistence rural economies and also failure to register. The low level of recorded unemployment reflects outmigration as a response to lack of economic opportunity, the reliance on subsistence farming in rural areas and lack of motivation to register as unemployed due to the lack of unemployment benefits. For example, the TR82 region has a high level of migration according to DPT figures (http://www.dpt.gov.tr/bgyu/bgr/dg/goc.htm). In 1970-1975 period, it was % 43.23. In 1975-1980, % 32,23; 1980-1985, % 30.28, 1985-1990, % 66,06.

Çankırı may be dealt with like a small sample of the general employment situation of Turkey. In Turkey, the employment rate is low when compared to EU benchmarks, in particular for women – unregistered employment was 53% of the total in 2004 as a result of the ever-expanding informal economy in the country.

Figures released by the Turkish Statistics Institute in April 2009 showed that the number of unemployed people in Turkey had risen by 1.59 million in January 2009 compared to the same period last year. The total number of jobless individuals now stands at about 3.650 million, showing a staggering increase compared to last year’s 11.3 percent. Unemployment in Turkey’s urban areas shot up 4.2 percent in January, reaching 17.2 percent. This figure

When compared to the EU25 average, there is a lower employment rate in the prime age group (18-25) (54.1% compared to 76.8%) as well as in the older age group (26-60) (from 33.2% to 41%) in Turkey.

When it comes to the figures of Çankırı, one can see that the situation is not different from the general situation of Turkey. While the number of total registered employees is 1261 for the ages between 20-24, there are 1169 total registered unemployed people in Çankırı. This means that only an amount of %50-55 of the young people between ages 20-24 is employed.

In addition, according to the Household Labour Force Survey prepared by TÜİK, labour force participation rate in TR82 NUTSII region is %55.9. (TÜİK, Household Labour Force Survey Results, 2006). For men, this labour force participation rate is %76, while it is %35 for women.

These data suggest that there are difficulties in entering the labour market and that there is a tendency for leaving early in Çankırı. As a result, the need for further attention to improving access and participation in human resource development is also a reality.

These figures also are read as the results of the low employment creation capacity, low educational attainment level, difficulties in the transition from school to work, the mismatch between the education and labour market demands, low level of entrepreneurship among young people and low level of awareness among young people about public employment services. Furthermore, in this period of economic crisis, young people are among the first to suffer, especially when considering employability and initial access to the labour market.

Given all these circumstances, this project especially deals with young unemployed people who are university or secondary school graduates, young people with lower educational attainment and early school leavers, and young people who are still at school. Young women with lower educational attainment and who are not participating in the labour market because of a lack of motivation and willingness will also be included in the target group.

Taking these data and this situation into consideration, this project undertakes to reduce youth employment by offering training and entrepreneurial opportunity in the accounting sector, taking into account the economic needs of the region and the interests of individual youth and women. To this end, the project will offer tested, training methodologies, training modules and evaluation tools for flexible training models, which will relate to the labour market integration and the quality of life of women.

In doing these, the activities of this project is intended to provide participants the opportunities that will enable them to go beyond traditional accounting, with the ultimate objective of creating local entrepreneurial initiatives in accounting.

Through creating synergy among project partners (local authorities, employees’ and employers’ organizations, universities, professional chambers, NGOs and companies) and supporting them, this project will support young unemployed people who are currently seeking for jobs in the labour market to find decent jobs in accounting sector.


Çankırı is a typical hillside Anatolian city. This very old settlement was first named Kengir before becoming Çankırı in 1925. The city’s distinctive beauty captures the essence of the endless steppes. Despite its proximity to the nation’s capital, Çankırı is far from being as complex and crowded. It is an amazing destination for visitors who want to get lost in nature at the heart of Anatolia.

kind of melancholy lingers over the city as many of its children have emigrated to Ankara and Istanbul. Nontheless, you’ll never feel like a stranger in this hidden and humble marvel. You look and smile, and the city smiles back at you.

Inside the Çankırı Castle is the Mausoleum of Karatekin Bey, a significant historical figure. Karatekin was a commander who conquered the city some years after the Turks first moved to the land of Anatolia. According to the record, he did not only conquer Çankırı, but also Sinop and Kastamonu through an alliance with Danişment Gazi, the Great Seljuks and Suleiman Shah. Karatekin Bey safeguarded the region against various threats, the Crusaders in particular. Now he rests in peace in his eagle-nest-like mausoleum at the top of the city, as if still commanding from on high. The hill’s observation platform provides a bird’s eye view of the city and a picnic area for visitors.

In Çankırı you can observe the traces of classical Turkish urban planning, where a mosque is built at the center and other buildings are erected around it. According to certain sources, the Grand Mosque was designed and built in 1522 by one of the assistants of the great Ottoman architect Sinan during the time of Suleiman the Magnificent.
The recently restored mosque defies time as an immemorial structure. The ancient madrasah overlooking the bazaar from the mosque’s large yard continues its mission as a culture center. The old neighborhood surrounding the mosque exists in the midst of relatively tall new buildings that echo the sounds of tools hammering and shaping copper in the bazaar.In the ancient wheat bazaar, an 18th century madrasah has been converted into a handicrafts center.

The “Yaran” is a cultural and traditional organization based on the Ahi Order, an association organized on principles of solidarity and alliance among tradespersons and artisans during the Ottoman period. The Yaran very effectively promoted numerous traditional, social and moral practices of the era.

It is marketed as a touristic element nowadays, but not totally forgotten. The city’s old library maintains the tradition in a Yaran House.

The biggest salt reserve cave in Turkey should absolutely be visited only 20 km from the city center. This is a source of pride for Çankırı, as the salt mined here is distributed all over Turkey. Çankırı salt stands out among its equivalents in that it’s natural and local. This important resource is not only served on tables but also spread on icy roads or set out for farm animals to lick.

Çankırı has special traditional dishes. Among Çankırı specialties is a kind of soup called toyga cooked with yogurt and wheat. There is also the famous su borek (literally translated as ”water pastry” because the phyllo dough is boiled), which is less layered and thus thinner compared to other regional pastries. A fried variation is called hand pastry.

You can also taste şebit, a kind of dessert made of thin phyllo dough, dipped in syrup, and eaten like mini sweet rolls. Tahini halva is another delicacy sure to tickle your sweet tooth. You should of course try the popular “Çankırı melon” sold in many cities.

Çankırı’s outlying districts are as beautiful as the city center. Ilgaz Mountain is a wonderful national park and ski resort. Now is the ideal season to enjoy it. The breathtaking sight of pine trees covered with snow is a glorious spectacle. Relaxing cultural tours can be enjoyed in the neighboring district of Kurşunlu, the Kızılırmak River district, Çavundur Thermal Bath, Sakaeli and the Rock-Cut Tombs. You also won’t regret visits to the holy shrines of Çerkeş, Orta, Yapraklı and Eldivan districts.

QUOTED FROM Necmeddin Atlıhan Editör – Anadolu Jet magazine Issue 12-2015

General Information
“From the Bronze Age to the Hittites…”Cankiri is located in the Inner Anatolian Region’s entrance into the Black Sea. The province’s general geological structure is quite disorganised and rocky which makes it difficult for agriculture. The lowest mountain is 1117 metres – Bozkir Mountain. Ilgaz Mountain is the highest at 2565 metres. There are very few lowland areas. Cankiri is mostly popular with Turkish tourists yet deserves more promotion for foreign tourists. It certainly has unique attractions such as the Ilgaz Mountain and thermal features.
High Season
Cankiri has a dominantly inland climate. The city of Cankiri, its towns of Ilgaz and Yaprakli have cool winters and warm summers. It rains throughout all of the seasons. (A cold semi-inland climate.) The annual average temperature is 9-12°C. We recommend travel during the spring and summer months. Apart from this, the Ilgaz Mountain is a perfect spot during the ski season.
The E-80 highway leading from Istanbul to East Anatolia and the Black Sea passes through Cankiri. The bus terminal is in the city centre. Taking the train will also lead on to Ankara and Zonguldak. The train station is also in the city centre. Cankiri has no airport but you can fly to Ankara Esenboga Airport and then travel just 130km by road to Cankiri.
Although extensive scientific and archeological work has not been done so far, the ancient remains in the tumuluses show that Cankiri has always inhabited since the Neolithic Age (7000 – 5000 B.C.). Traces of the Old Bronze Age (3000 – 2000 B.C.) are evident in the whole region and many signs of Hittite life remain around the Kizilirmak river area and also most of the streams leading from this river. The Galatians, who lived in the area of Ankara and made Cankiri the capital at one time, named the city Gangrea and various pronunciations over the years caused the present variation. In Galatian the word Gangrea means “Place of Many Goats”.
The Cankiri Fortress stands on a small hill to the north of the city. It has stood strong throughout the Roman, Byzantine, Danishmend, Seljuk and Ottoman eras, even though only a few walls remain today. The four cornered shaped castle was built from a variety of rubble stone and bricks. The Great Mosque, Taşmescit, Emir Karatekin Bey Tomb, Medresses, rock tombs, the Kırkpınar plateau (Ilgaz Mountain), the Bülbül stream picnic park, the Karaören lake and park, and the Salt Cave are some places of interest
Cankiri’s local cuisine includes ravioli, tarhana soup, pancakes, fries, casseroles, pihti, harmandasi, fit fit asi, walnut pastry, çeç pie, mihlama, keskek, çalma, çekme helva, and baklava.
Shopping & Gifts
You can find a range of handwoven loom carpets and small handicraft mementos in Çankiri.
Outdoor Sports
Skiing on Ilgaz Mountain, nature walks, horseriding or walking along Kirkpinar Plateau, sightseeing, camping, caravanning, photography, and mountain-trekking are some pastimes favoured by tourists.
The Cavundur Thermal Spa is in the town of Kursunlu in the Cavundur District. The spa has a temp of 54° degrees with a source of 47 l/s. It is 9km from Kursunlu, and 90km from Cankiri along the Gerede – Samsun route. The spa has 2 pools and a 115-bed capacity in facilities run by the local council. There is also a privately-run pension available. The alkali water can be taken internally in curative doses to benefit the liver, gallbladder deficiencies, rectify liver functions after hepatitis treatment, relieve chronic pancreatic illnesses, diabetes mellutus and gout. Chronic digestive, intestinal, kidney complaints also benefit as well as prevention of bladder infections and kidney stone formation.
Ankara, Karabuk, Kastamonu, Çorum.Monthly Average Temperatures: (°C)

January: -7 / 1 February: -5 / 1 March: 1 / 12
April: 4 / 19 May: 8 / 28 June: 12 / 28
July: 13 / 30 August: 16 / 35 September: 10 / 25
October: 7 / 19 November: 0 / 10 December: -3 / 6
Special Days
Çankırı has several annual festivals. The Yaprakli Greased Wrestling and Plateau Festival (June), the Maruf Village Greased Wrestling Matches (June), the Eldivan Cherry Festival and Pilgrim Murad-ı Veli Memorial Week (June), the Kizilirmak Cantaloupe Festival (August), Atatürk’s Arrival in Cankiri, the Hat Reform and Karatekin Culture & Arts Festival (August), the Çerkeş Animal Farming and Produce Festival (August).


Karatekin For Career and Profession:

We are proud to be the lead in Turkey, with 20.000 students that we graduated from our Vocational Schools, which aims to educate qualified manpower.

With 40 years of experience, sectoral collaborations, hads-on training and modern laboratories, we are preparing 5000 students to make a solid start to their profesions and careers. We have out students become proficient not only in Turkey but all over the world in our Foreign Language Centers with local and foreign academic members.

Çankırı Karatekin University, which takes on universal criteria and ethical values in education and research and adopts community benefit and stakeholder satisfaction as its principle; aims to raise individuals who are capable of thinking critically, possessing professional competence, equipped with lifelong learning philosophy, producing, applying and disseminating new information; and to compete internationally in scientific and artistic fields.

Karatekin University campuses are located at different points of the Çankırı city, considering the needs and education requirements of the students.

In adition to the Uluyazı Campus, the largest campus of the University, it has also Campus of Vocational High School of Taş Mescit (Little mosque en stone)

and Fine Arts Faculty in the city center, and Vocational High Schools in Ilgaz, Kızılırmak, Eldivan, Yapraklı and Çerkeş districts of Çankırı.


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