matra-collage

064 MATRA-program: social transformation in Turkey

MATRA: for the average citizen a completely unknown abbreviation, but for insiders the MATRA-program is one of the most successful and effective instruments of Dutch foreign policy. We in Ankara and Istanbul very much like our MATRA-program with its small scale interventions, that often have a substantial policy impact. MATRA-projects never stand on their own; they are […]

Karagoz and Hacivat

058 Humor (and politics)

Jokes, humor and satire: essential in order to cope with life. How would Soviet citizens for example have survived their darkest years without great satire? Humor relieves tension, jokes can contain harsh messages, but in a more pleasant wrapping and therefore more acceptable (as many managers know). Turkey has a long tradition of cartoons and […]

Sustainable-supply-chain

057 Contributing to a just world/elimination of extreme poverty

Sustainable Development Goals, the post 2015 development agenda, involvement of companies, John Ruggie, UN and where Turkey and The Netherlands team up.   Why does a person have a job, why do we want/need to earn money? Paying one’s mortgage, taking care of one’s loved ones and/or self-development, all worthwhile reasons. One could also use […]

dodenherdenking

035. 4th of May commemoration in Istanbul

‘The secret of happiness is freedom – the secret of freedom is courage’  (Thucydides)  ‘I know how it feels to be deprived of liberty. Therefore I will, as long as I live, commemorate our liberators. We need to pass on the hard lessons we have learned from the history to our children and grandchildren,’ Joop […]

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034. Dear Turkish Student: “Studying in the Netherlands should be on your shortlist”

The Netherlands is, according to rankings (I know, rankings have limited value, but when the Netherlands ranks high I like them…), one of the best countries for foreign students to study. This applies to both academic level and cost of studying and living. This fact is however hardly known outside the Netherlands. The world will […]

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031. Amsterdam is wearing the trousers: sustainable Denim and Turkish investments

The Netherlands, Turkey, Amsterdam,  jeans,  sustainability and making money: on 16 April 2015, part of the international denim industry will start its ‘Denim City Project’ in Amsterdam. We at the Dutch consulate in Istanbul are proud to host its pre-launch next week. “In the near future, sustainability will turn into something imperative rather than being […]

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027. “Meet the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs” in Istanbul

A group of thirty students ‘Office Management’ from Rotterdam enters the 18th century church of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. Slightly intimidated by the beauty of this ‘house of worship’, the group seems shy at first. As I am on a business trip this time they are received by Jeroen Gankema (head of the Press […]

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023. Hashtag #Rights365

“Dear guests, my staff asked me to kindly require you to use the following hashtag: #rights365”.  No one looked surprised, most notted it down and used it for their tweets on the 10th December international human rights day seminar at the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. Amazing how in just a few years social media got […]

Bloemenveiling

019. The Netherlands leading in more than 20 economic sectors

General country branding remains important for the Dutch. In this fast changing world we, the Dutch, have to compete for attention. There are more and more upcoming economies and the assumption that others know (all about) The Netherlands might be a bit arrogant on our side. Do we really believe that the new generations of […]

Bibliotheek

018. Press and internet freedom 2014, a conference in Istanbul, looking back

Work at a Consulate focuses on consular and economic matters, but human rights have their place as well. We have our Matra and human right programs and follow what is happening in Turkey of course. An example is the 9th Internet Governance Forum. A week with many meetings and little sleep. This year, Turkey was […]