The Turkish Swedish Municipal Partnerships Network Project (Tusenet)
2006 - 2011
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The Turkish Swedish Municipal Partnerships Network Project (Tusenet), which started in late 2006 as a four year project and was later extended until March 2011, was a cooperation between Swedish and Turkish municipalities and between the SALAR and UMT. Within the framework of Swedish cooperation efforts to promote closer links with European structures and common values, Tusenet had two important objectives to promote Turkish municipal reform and to build UMT capacity.
At the level of Overall Objectives for the Tusenet Project, the project proposal stated the following:
– To strengthen the continued process of democratisation and respect for human rights, and to promote closer links with European cooperation structures and common values
– To inspire reform of the municipal sector, and development of UMT
Within Tusenet Project, six Swedish-Turkish municipal partnership networks were created between 23 Turkish and 6 Swedish municipalities, – each composed of one Swedish municipality and 3-5 Turkish counterparts. The networks were organised and developed for structured exchange of thematic experience. A seventh network was established between SALAR and UMT, with the stated purpose of the Organisational Development (OD) of UMT.