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Municipalities and practitioners gathered in Gaziantep, Turkey

3 months after the successful completion of the Refugee Friendly Municipalities Conference, a ‘Peer-to-Peer (P2P) workshop on Refugee Friendly Municipalities and Field Trip’ took place on 12-14 September in Gaziantep, the largest and most populous city in southern Turkey, well-known for hosting the highest number of (registered) Syrian refugees.

Organised jointly by the Qudra programme and SGDD-ASAM, in cooperation with Engagement Global, the workshop and the field trip brought together municipalities and practitioners from Turkey and European countries. The main aim was furthering the learning process of municipality representatives on participatory methods and strategies essential to better involve members of host communities and refugees in the planning processes of municipal services. Also the workshop intended to facilitate the cooperation of attending institutions, learn and exchange best practices with each other and gain an in-depth understanding of the methods and strategies used for better participatory mechanisms. A total of 30 participants attended the workshop, among which six were from European municipalities and eight represented Turkish municipalities.