News from the Ecosystem #1 is out!

News from the Ecosystem #1 is out!

Hello everyone from the first issue of our “News from the Ecosystem” series!

We have completed our archive by completing 10 issues of the monthly newsletter “Sustainable Times”, which keeps the memory of news, current developments and innovative ideas regarding sustainable development. We would like to thank all our stakeholders and readers who contributed to the newsletter during this process.

Our new bulletin series will continue with the “News from the Ecosystem” agenda that we publish as idemahaber. As IDEMA, INOGAR and Needs Map, we are institutions that feed on the same creative ecosystem and work in cooperation and coordination. In this context, in our new series, we will include developments, projects and what is happening in the field every month from our ecosystem consisting of IDEMA, INOGAR and Needs Map. During this process, we will periodically share interviews and interviews from experts with whom we collaborate and establish partnerships, through special bulletins.

We wish you pleasant reading!

Disaster Preparation and post disaster reconstruction

We held the Hatay Living Space Opening Event

27 July 2023

The opening of the Needs Map Container Living Space took place in Hatay in July. It started to work on building living spaces in earthquake zones with the support and solidarity of the public, private sector, non-governmental organizations and national/international institutions. The living space offered temporary shelter to our citizens who lost their homes in the earthquake and hosted 1500 disaster victims. We also took responsibility for the development and education of Living Spaces in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay. It was designed taking into account the needs of disabled individuals, women and children, and includes psychosocial support areas, child-friendly areas, sports areas, etc. It includes different areas such as. The meticulously designed area is an environmentally friendly model with its drinking water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure.

Employment Map will help our citizens affected by the earthquake

06 September 2023

Our Employment Map website is launched. Employment Map is a platform developed by Needs Map with the support of to help citizens affected by the earthquake in the process of finding a job. It will bring together job postings of individuals looking for work and employers.

We were in Morocco as Needs Map

8 September 2023

After the devastating earthquake in Morocco, the Needs Map went to Morocco upon the call for support. Needs Map operation team members took part in warehouse and volunteer management with non-governmental organizations and the public in Morocco to examine the effects of the earthquake. We continue to be the meeting point of the world as well as our country, with our platform, which has been put into use and where the Needs Map software team has prepared the technological infrastructure in both Arabic and French, where the Needs Map software team can enter their needs requests.

We Examined the Distribution of Needs Coming from WhatsApp Chatbot According to Time, Place and Type of Need

11 October 2023

During the February 6 earthquake, we received more than 100,000 requests from the region through the WhatsApp Needs Request Center, which we created with the support of Insider for the Hatay and Adıyaman regions. Time, place and type-based analyzes made as a result of the needs requests from Hatay showed that food, water, tents and hygiene packages were needed the most.

We were at Akbank Hackathon: DisasterTech

14-22 October 2023

Akbank Hackathon: DisasterTech, in which Needs Map participated as a mentor, panelist and jury, took place at Sabancı Center. Needs Map Board Member Esra Arslan, one of the mentors and jury members of the hackathon organized in cooperation with Akbank LAB and imece, took part in evaluating the disaster technologies, field solutions and social impact criteria presentations of the entrepreneur candidates. At the same time, on the closing day, at the “Connecting the Dots: Technology, Finance and Humanitarian Aid in Disasters” panel, Needs Map GIS and Technology Team Leader Özge Acar explained to the participants the innovative technologies we produce and use in disasters in the context of their impact. With the theme of disaster technologies, we continue to support innovations in a wide range of solutions before, during and after disasters.

We organized Needs Map Stakeholder Meeting

30 October 2023

Needs Map organized a ‘Stakeholder Meeting’ hosted by DasDas for the importance of civil solidarity after the devastation caused by the earthquake of February 6, 2023. The meeting, which was held with the approach of improving stakeholders’ post-disaster experiences, disaster management, and the economic and social dimensions of disasters, hosted 124 participants.

We run at Turkey İşbank 45th İstanbul Marathon

5 November 2023

The Needs Map team took steps at the Türkiye İşbank 45th Istanbul Marathon to develop and improve the capacity and quality of the training areas in the earthquake zone. Türkiye İşbank 45th Istanbul Marathon, the only marathon in the world that unites Asia and Europe, was completed on the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey with the participation of 45 thousand people.

Cooperative capacity building efforts

We are working for capacity development of Beri Women’s Cooperative

10 October 2023

European Union Delegation to Turkey Socioeconomic Sector Program Manager Nurca Tuzcuoğlu and European Union Delegation to Turkey Communications Officer Deniz Yenal visited Beri Women’s Cooperative. The aim of the visit was to talk about the development of the EU Turkey Delegation Team, Beri Women’s Cooperative, listen to their work and understand their current situation. In this context, the innovations and changes that have taken place in the Beri Women’s Cooperative since the first date of the project were discussed, and the steps taken to ensure the sustainability of the Beri Women’s Cooperative under the consultancy and facilitation of IDEMA were explained.

We Held Ahenk Women’s Cooperative Product Launch

7 November 2023

Our event, which we held at Mersin Hilton Hotel, started with the opening speech of IDEMA Deputy General Manager Gökçe Ahi. The “Importance of Civil Society Cooperation in Periods of Disaster” panel was held with the speakers of INOGAR Board Chairman Mehmet Sarıca, Needs Map Board Member Esra Arslan and Needs Map Field Coordinator Semih Türer and the moderation of IDEMA Deputy General Manager Gökçe Ahi. The “Healthy Nutrition and Disaster Food during Disaster Periods” panel was held with the speakers of Project Consultant and Formeo Founder Elvan Odabaşı, Chef Yasin Taze, Social Entrepreneur Ahmet Turker, and Now Association Founder Sezi Kalkavan. The introduction of Ahenk Cooperative was made by Serva Erkiz, Chairman of the Board of Ahenk Cooperative. At the launch, the Mezoik brand and disaster foods were introduced.

Climate crisis and green transformation

We Organized the Information Seminar and Project Closing Meeting on “Businesses’ Access to Financial Resources in Green Transformation” in Gaziantep

13 October 2023

“Green Technology Coordination Center” was established at Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce with the support and support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and under the consultancy and facilitation of IDEMA. In this context, an information seminar and closing meeting were held on October 13. GTO Chairman Mehmet Tuncay Yıldırım, IDEMA Deputy General Manager Gökçe Ahi, and EBRD Project Officer Dilek Tekin made the opening speeches. Project Team Leader Serdar Kabukcuoglu made the presentation of “Green Technology Coordination Center Project Results”. Speakers at the seminar included Industry and Technology Experts Deniz Koç and Umut Yavuz from the Ministry of Industry and Technology; Emrah Berat Birsen, Mechanical Engineer from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; Gaziantep KOSGEB Director Muhammed Paksoy; EBRD Project Officer Sultan Salgam; Turkish Development and Investment Bank Deputy General Manager Seçil Yıldız took part.

We were in Sweden for CLIMB (Climate Induced Migration: Big Data & Predictive Analysis)

16-17 October 2023

CLIMB Project combines ecologically focused approaches with a multidisciplinary and multisectoral consortium (Data-Pop Alliance, Harvard University, IDEMA, Initiative Prospective Agricole Rurale, Malmö Universitet, Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) to make sense of and model the complex process of climate-induced migration. brings it together.

We were at the “CLIMB Project: Climate-Induced New Perspectives and Methodological Innovations Workshop” in Sweden on 16-17 October. At the workshop, the issue of climate-induced migration was discussed in depth with the participation of many experts and academics. The “Local and Regional Studies on Climate-Induced Human Mobility” session was held under the moderation of IDEMA Co-founder Dr. Ali Ercan Özgür and with the speakers of Marta Welander, Herve Nicolle, Jared Owuor, Marion Tolboom and Sourina Bej. At the consortium meeting held afterwards, IDEMA’s activities within the scope of the project, as well as the ecosystem’s work areas and projects, were introduced.


We met with teachers face to face again within the scope of the “Insurance of Education: Our Teachers” project

11-16 November 2023

We met face to face on 11-16 November in the “Teachers Creating Social Impact” module, to which we contributed within the scope of the “Insurance of Education: Our Teachers” project, carried out in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and the Turkish Education Association, with the contributions of Z Zurich Foundation. Within the scope of the “Insurance of Education: Our Teachers” project, we met face to face with teachers, We held “Design-Focused Thinking”, “Non-Violent Communication”, “Project and Resource Development”, “Community Building” workshops. We supported the improvement of projects with mentor meetings.


We Are Side by Side with Young People campaign is online

10 October 2023

The online psychological support platform “Yan Yanayiz,” developed in cooperation with Needs Map, Z Zurich Foundation, Zurich Insurance, HeyMo® The Experience Design Company and Turkish Psychologists Association, has now started to provide services for young people. On October 10, World Mental Health Day, the “We Are Side by Side with Young People” campaign was launched at

INOGAR Fair Future for Youth Project also took part in the EUREKA’23 event

24 October 2023

As INOGAR Fair Future for Youth Project, we had the opportunity to meet young university students, introduce our project and chat about entrepreneurship. The Eureka’23 event also included interviews and start-up stands by successful entrepreneurs in their fields. During the all-day event, young people welcomed our project with great interest and had the opportunity to learn about our training on entrepreneurship.

We held a cooperation meeting with the headpeople of Esenyurt Municipality

24 October 2023

Within the scope of INOGAR Young Fair Future Project (YFF), we held the cooperation meeting with the headpeople of Esenyurt Municipality on October 24. Important stakeholders such as Save the Children International-Turkey Country Office, Esenyurt Municipality, Directorate of Foreign Relations, Directorate of Culture, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the City Council were also with us in this meeting. At the meeting, we talked about why cooperation with local governments is of critical importance and how the guidance of headmen contributes to the dynamics of our project. Negotiations of the cooperative to be established within the scope of the project continued and developments regarding the application process were evaluated and relevant actions were taken.

We Became the Diamond Sponsor of IEEE Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Entrepreneurial Individuals Series

26 October 2023

In the series that aims to support individuals on entrepreneurship models and ideas, IDEMA Board Member and Needs Map Executive Director Evren Aydoğan took part as a speaker in the social entrepreneurship session. Following the speech, the Needs Map Solidarity Documentary was screened. IDEMA, Needs Map and INOGAR ecosystem and the projects were explained to the students at the stands in the foyer area.

Culture, Art and Creative Industries

Solidarity Documentary was at the 30th International Adana Golden Cocoon Film Festival

18-24 September 2023

The special screening of the Needs Map Solidarity Documentary at the 30th International Adana Golden Cocoon Film Festival took place with a large attendance. After the screening, Needs Map and the film crew answered the audience’s questions. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film ‘Kuru Otlar Üste’ had its Turkish premiere at the same festival. While all theaters were sold-out for this screening, the income from ticket sales was donated to the Need Map.

After the Stage: We have completed the Training and Mentoring Program of our Post Production Trainings project

28 October 2023

We have completed the Online Training Program of our After Stage: Post Production Trainings project, which is supported by the European Union through the Elele Support Program, and the Mentoring Program held in our studio. In our closing event, we finalized our project by screening the short films prepared by our participants.

Events we attended

  • 23 September 2023 – World Fair Trade Organization Africa and Middle East Region General Assembly Meeting, Online
  • 1 October 2023- TBWA 30th Anniversary Celebration, Istanbul
  • 4-5 October 2023 – Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair, Philippines
  • 9-12 October 2023 – Creative Skills Week, Austria
  • 11 October 2023 – #womenmenareequaldot Conference, Istanbul
  • 12-13 October 2023 – 4th Türkiye Africa Business and Economy Forum, Istanbul
  • 19-20 October 2023 – Watsons Sustainability and Innovation Summit, Istanbul
  • 31 October 2023 – We Are With You Equality at Work Launch, Istanbul
  • 13 November 2023 – World Donut Day, Istanbul
  • 13-14 November 2023 – European Social Economy Conference, Spain