In a signing ceremony on 17 November, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED) launched in Hatay the CBi Turkish network. The platform encompasses 29 federations, 244 associations and 40,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises, bringing an unprecedented opportunity for the Turkish private sector to play a significant role in managing and reducing risk from natural and manmade disasters.
The development of CBi Turkey will take place in several phases. For businesses, the objectives are—before, during and after disasters—to primarily help themselves and help each other, as well as to help the community recover and become more resilient.
Turkey is also one of three countries piloting the global Guidance Toolkit on manmade disasters, including complex emergencies that CBi has prepared together with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Read more here.
CBi Turkey has recently completed a detailed landscape assessment, which involved consultations with Turkish business associations and industry leaders. To kickstart disaster management activities in 2019, the network has received funding from The UPS Foundation - a global resource partner to the Connecting Business initiative.
Photo credit: Twenty years ago on 17 August at 03:01:40 local time, the İzmit earthquake (also known as the Kocaeli, Gölcük, or Marmara earthquake) killed round 17,000 people and left approximately half a million people homeless, devastating the nearby city of İzmit occurred in northwestern Turkey (Wikimedia Commons).