The Cyprus NGO Network was launched in 2006 as a part of the EC-funded project called ‘Networking with the European Union’ that is being implemented by the Management Centre since then. Four more NGOs joined nine founding member NGOs between the years 2009-2010. The number of the network members has now increased to fifteen with the registration of two more, namely POST RI and Barış ve Demokrasi Vakfı’nın (BADEV), this month.
The network is known for its contribution and support to the passing of the Boğaz Decree, issue of bringing electricity to Karpaz, the issue of Hisarköy Ağıllar Area and Dikmen Landfill Problem. However, the network’s most prominent activity has been its advocacy, lobbying and policy-making efforts for the Law of Associations. With the support of the ‘Networking with European Union’ Project, the network members visited NGOs in Ireland and Slovenia which inspired their action plan for the 2011.
The presidency of the network is held for six months by one member NGO on a rotating basis. In January 2010, the president of Cyprus Educational Sciences Association Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Uzunboylu took over presidency from the co-ordinator of the Kemal Saraçoğlu Foundation Gediz İnan.
All member NGOs of the network include:
“Green Peace Action, Cyprus Turkish Diabetes Association, Cyprus Educational Sciences Associaton, HASDER, Patient Rights Association, Thalassaemia Association, Friends of Karpaz Association, The Management Centre, KAYAD, Cyprus Turkish Biyologists Association, Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation, Kemal Saraçoğlu Foundation, Cyprus Turkish Association of Managers , POST RI and BADEV”