SELDI Partners from Turkey
Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, Turkey, Non-governmental organisation
Postal address: Bankalar Cad. Minerva Han No:2 Kat:3 34420 Karaköy-Istanbul, Turkey
The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) is an independent non-governmental think-tank, analyzing social, political and economic policy issues facing Turkey. Based in Istanbul, TESEV was founded in 1994 to serve as a bridge between academic research and policy-making in Turkey. By opening new channels for policy-oriented dialogue and research, TESEV aims to promote the role of civil society in the democratic process and seeks to share its research findings with the widest possible audience. In order to do so, TESEV organizes regular seminars and conferences, bringing together specialists and policymakers from Turkey and abroad to discuss issues of current concern. It releases project reports, books, pamphlets, policy watch briefings and seminar proceedings aimed at general readership.
TESEV has been conducting its “Perceptions of Corruption in Turkey” project since 1999 in order to analyse the social and administrative basis of corruption and to produce policies that can address the problems at hand. Within this context, a three level study about the perceptions of corruption in different segments of society was conducted. The first stage of the study, “Household View on the Causes of Corruption in Turkey and Suggested Preventive Measures”, was completed in 2001. This study aimed to account for the views and experiences of citizens about corruption, tried to understand its effects on society and suggested methods with which to combat the problem. The second study, “Business View on the Causes of Corruption in Turkey and Suggested Preventive Measures” which was concluded in 2002, intended to ascertain the levels and nature of corruption that arose from relations between the private sector and central bureaucracy and local administrations. “Society’s View of Public Administration, Public Services and Reform” is the final level of the project that was completed in 2004. The goal of the study was to present the comparative performances of central and local administrations from the viewpoint of residents living in cities in order to contribute to the ongoing restructuring efforts of the public administration in Turkey. The conclusions of the study were presented in Ankara on April 1st 2004 in a meeting that was honored by the presence of Abdülkadir Aksu, Minister of Internal Affairs, who delivered his opening remarks.
Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)
Postal address: Söğütözü caddesi No: 43 TOBB-ETÜ Yerleşkesi TEPAV Binası Söğütözü Ankara, Turkey
The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Ankara, Turkey. It was founded in 2004 by a group of businessmen, bureaucrats and academics who believe in the power of knowledge and ideas in shaping Turkey's future.
Aiming to contribute to public policy design, TEPAV seeks to enrich the knowledge content in Turkey's discussions. What sets TEPAV apart however, is its active involvement in economic and political development. TEPAV carries out projects, which actively contribute to economic development and bring together key policy and opinion makers to tackle the problems of the day. TEPAV sticks to academic ethnical principles and quality in all activities.
The Challenge of Corruption
The government has taken steps to address corruption challenges in the country. Major international anti-corruption conventions have been signed and ratified, an anti-corruption action plan has been adopted in 2010 and the government has implemented a comprehensive series of reforms aimed at reducing red tape and related opportunities for corruption and improving the country business environment.
Some important developments in the field of anti-corruption are the following:
Legal Regulations in the Last Decade
- The Law Regarding the Establishment of Ethics Committee of Public Officers;
- Public Finance Management and Control Law;
- Right to Information Act;
- Public Procurement Law;
- The Law Regarding the Prevention of Laundering of Crime Revenues;
- The Law Related to Making Amendments on the Banking Law
- Anti-smuggling Law;
- The Law Related to the Relationship Between Foundations and Associations, and Public Agencies;
- The Law Related to Making Amendments on Some Laws for the Prevention of Bribing Foreign Public Officers in International Commercial Transactions;
- The Law Related to Making Amendments on the Petroleum Market Law;
- The Law Related to Making Amendments on the Turkish Criminal Law.
Practical Implications in the Last Decade
- National Marker Analysis Against Fuel Smuggling;
- New e-state technologies;
- Efforts to improve investment environment by simplifying the regulations and reducing paperwork;
- Establishment of the Communication Centre of Prime Ministry gathering and monitoring complaints and demands from citizens.
Strategies in the Last Decade
- Judicial Reform Strategy;
- The Strategy to Fight Against Informal Economy;
- The Strategy on Improving Transparency and Anti-Corruption;
- The Strategy against Organized Crime;
- Signs UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (2003);
- Ratifies Council of Europe Civil Law Convention on Corruption (2003);
- Signs the UN Convention Against Corruption (2003);
- Becomes a Member of “Group of States Against Corruption – GRECO” (2004);
- Ratifies the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (2004);
- Ratifies the Council of Europe Convention No. 141 On Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds From Crime (Strasbourg Convention) (2004);
- Ratifies the UN Convention Against Corruption (2006).