3H Movement is a young liberal think-tank in Turkey that has been active since December 2006. Since then, the 3H Movement has been fighting against illiberal ideologies such as socialism, fascism, radical conservatism and authoritarianism in Turkey by either arranging regular seminars or occasional activist protests. The movement has a daily-updated website where the members publish their articles on various economic and political issues with a liberal viewpoint. 3H Movement also organizes a traditional liberal youth congress hosting students nationwide to discuss political, social and economic matters in a liberal perspective.
Center for International and European Studies (CIES)
The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University was established in 2004 as the Center for European Union Studies to study Turkey’s European Union accession process. Since September 2010, CIES has been undergoing a major transformation by widening its focus in order to pursue applied, policy-oriented research and to promote debate on the most pressing geo-strategic issues of the region.
Competition Association (CA)
Competition Association was established in 2004 as a non-governmental organization in Ankara. Founders were former chairman and members of Competition Institute of the Turkish Republic, academics who were working on competition, jurnalists, manufacturers, bankers and lawyers. It aims to contribute to the development of competition and competition culture in Turkey.
The Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM)
The Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) is an Istanbul based independent think-tank. EDAM’s main areas of research are:
- Foreign policy and security,
- Turkey-EU relations,
- Energy and climate change policies
- Economics and globalization,
- Arms control & Non-proliferation,
- Cyber policy.
EDAM aims to contribute to the policy making process within and outside Turkey by producing and disseminating research on the policy areas that are shaping Turkey’s position within the emerging global order. In addition to conducting research in these fields, EDAM organizes conferences and roundtable meetings. Additionally, EDAM cooperates with numerous domestic and international to conduct joint-research and publications.
Helsinki Citizens' Assembly
The Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa) is an organization of citizens dedicated to peace, democracy and human rights in Europe. It is a non-governmental organization, working on the notions of fundamental rights and freedoms, peace, democracy and pluralism.
hCa works independently from political parties, government and states, aims to:
- introduce the basic rights and freedoms accepted in international agreements and outlined by universal standards into daily life
- to promote peaceful processes for the resolution of problems through mutual understanding dialogue and peace
- to improve pluralist democratic bodies and civil society initiatives
- to ensure the supremacy of law and to defend an economic system that promotes the well-being of human life and the environment.
Freedom Research Association (FRA)
Freedom Research Association (FRA) is a think tank that is committed to liberal democracy and free market economy. Its main mission is to promote individual liberty, toleration, property rights, rule of law, separation of powers, respect for civil liberties and property rights in Turkey and beyond.
With the vision of identifying the barriers in front of these values and principles’ taking root in Turkey and that of overcoming them, AFR carries research, prepares reports both on domestic and foreign policy decisions, conducts conferences and seminars, and publishes scholarly works.
The members of FRA believe that liberal democracy and market economy are institutions that rise on such universal principles and values as individual liberty, toleration, private property, rule of law and separation of powers. They think that these institutions foster peace and prosperity in any human society.
Hrant Dink Foundation
Hrant Dink Foundation was established in 2007 to carry on Hrant Dink’s dreams, struggle, language and heart. The foundation aims to contribute to the development of an economically, socially and culturally secure and healthy environment, as well as to the development of individuals with democratic citizenship awareness who respect cultural diversity and differences.The Foundation defines the development of a culture of dialogue, empathy and peace as the basis of all its activities, which concentrate on the following areas:
- Culture and Arts
- Human Rights and Democratization
- Turkey-Armenia Relations
Education Reform Initiative
ERG, is an independent and not-for-profit think-and-do-tank that contributes to systemic transformation in education for development of the child and society through sound evidence, constructive dialogue and innovative/critical thinking. Evidence-based decision-making processes in education concerning stakeholder
engagement and ensuring the access of all children to quality education are the key elements of systemic transformation.
ERG, established in 2003, is a good example for the Turkish civil society, since it is an initiative supported by leading foundations in Turkey.
Being one of the well-established LGBT organisations of Turkey, Kaos GL performs works and studies to support LGBT people to embrace libertarian values, realize their existence and cultivate themselves to contribute to the development of social peace and welfare with their individual, social and cultural life and behaviour. Within the scope of media, academic, human rights and culture programs, Kaos GL encourages people from all identities including LGBTs to accept the notions of human rights, freedom, justice and social peace as the fundamental values without excluding any social group.
P24 Platform for Independent Journalism
Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) is a timely initiative to support and promote editorial independence in the Turkish press at a time when the journalistic profession is under fierce commercial and political pressure. It is a not-for-profit, civil society organization which counts as its founders several experienced members of the Turkish press. It has been started with a broad mission to build capacity in the Turkish media, create a public appetite for media independence, define and promote best journalistic practice, and more specifically to encourage the transition to web-based journalism.
It does so through various strategies:
· by example (providing content; organizing and encouraging investigative journalism with independent funding)
· by organizing training for young professionals
· by providing concrete assistance to news sites of proven integrity
· by bringing issues of media integrity to public attention
In short, P24 attempts to prove the value of a free and independent press to a society which has lost confidence in established media.
The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)
The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), established in1994, is an Istanbul-based think tank supported by private sector funding from Turkey and abroad.The 15-member board of TESEV includes some of Turkey's best-known opinion leaders, constituting of representatives of the business, academia and non-governmental communities. TESEV focuses on the most important policy questions facing Turkey and the region in the new century. Program areas are grouped under three headings:
- Governance and Transparency,
- Democratization of Turkey, and
- Foreign Policy and International Relations.
Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation
TÜRKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation) is a non-governmental business organization, aiming to contribute to the development of regional, sectoral and national economic policies. TÜRKONFED is an associate member of The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) since 11th of February, 2014. UEAPME is the employers’ organization representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognized European Social Partner. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organization.
Based in Istanbul, İzlemedeyiz carries out data-driven social publishing and capacity building to foster Turkey’s governance capacity.
Founded on January 16th, 2014, Ortak Gelecek için Diyalog Derneği (Dialogue for Common Future Association), has unanimously renamed itself to İzlemedeyiz Association in its second extraordinary general assembly on June 30th, 2017.
İzlemedeyiz runs it’s activities through fact-checking with Turkey’s one and only political fact-checking site Doğruluk Payı, data mining, capacity building with the aim of a more democratic and transparent Turkey.
Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA)
The Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) is a Turkish non-profit (registered as Medya ve Hukuk Çalışmaları Derneği) founded in late 2017 to respond to an urgent yet growing need for going back to democracy and normalization in Turkey.
Our main goals are:
- offering legal protection to journalists who are punished for expressing their thoughts
- promoting the public’s right to information, particularly by supporting good finance and science journalism
- romoting rights of minority groups, with a concentration on refugees and the LGBTI community.