"Children in Turkey" project conducted by TESEV and Aydın Doğan Foundation, aims to bring together and communicate demographic, social and economic data about children in Turkey via easy-to-read maps, graphics and visuals for the use of decision-makers, academics, and NGOs working particularly on girls. These graphics aim to provide a historical and spatial visual database and guide for those stakeholders interested in developing various projects on the issue. The overall objective is to facilitate a platform for different stakeholders working on children issues to collaborate and to unite different projects under one roof.

Aydın Doğan Foundation’s main areas of interest focus on education, culture, public health, scientific research, sports and economy seeking to improve educational and cultural levels of the society. Aiming to empower girls in Turkey through better health and social services, Aydın Doğan Foundation continues working on these issues in this sphere by expanding the framework of their previous initiative entitled ‘Father Send Me to School’.Aydın Doğan Foundation aims to provide comprehensive background information for projects related to girls, diagnose the areas that need assistance, and raise awareness on the subject matter.

This website is also an output of TESEV’s “Social Inequalities and Inclusion” working area and lays the ground work for a new research program with its fresh content and new interactive visual reporting technique. Aydın Doğan Foundation and TESEV started their collaboration with a mission to provide access to basic data instruments and reliable information in order to propose evidence based policy recommendations to find solutions to societal problems.

In the first phase, interactive maps and graphs of the demographic, social and economic characteristics of children below the age of 18 in Turkey are presented by utilizing the data gained from TURKSTAT General Population Census 1935-2000, Address Based Population Registration System Results 2008-2014, Population Projections 2013-2075, National Education Statistics 1997-2014, Marriage Statistics 2014 and Birth Statistics 2013. In the second phase, using data from “Working Children Survey” 2006 and 2012 conducted by TURKSTAT in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO), have been adopted in order present the findings on approximately 1 million 6-17 year old employed children (2012) via user-friendly and easy-to-navigate visuals.

Data analysis and reporting: Bürge Elvan Erginli
Mapping and graphics: Murat Tülek 
Design and infographics: Ebru Şener
Software Development:  Yakup Çetinkaya