General Information

İstanbul New Airport Project (İGA) produces positive effects within the framework of international and national priorities with a participatory, sustainable, environment-conscious, and egalitarian social impact approach. There is a special budget and a team made of experts to work on this subject. On January 1, 2016, IGA created the Social Investment Program in order to establish meaningful and reliable relationships and projects based on transparent and timely supply of information and open dialog with the local people living in nine neighborhoods around the airport construction site and the relevant stakeholders.

The concrete deliverables targeted to achieve with the social investment program are as follows:

  • Determine the socioeconomic structures of the surrounding neighborhoods in an academic and impartial manner.
  • Design and implement effective and egalitarian projects that produce concrete and positive effects on the basis of needs.
  • Create an uninterrupted, reliable, and impartial channel of communication with the local people.
  • Implement original projects that will become models for the other organizations.
  • Ensure an effective stakeholder management and participation in order to ensure adoption, responsibility sharing, and co-financing within the scope of the operations.
  • Ensure that all operations comply with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the national requirements.

The most important feature of the Social Investment Program initiative is that it is carried out by the Social Management Department established within İGA. In this department, four public contact persons work under the management of the Social Management Department Manager.

The working objective of the department is to determine the social impact on the neighborhoods around the construction site, support the local people's socioeconomic development, and ensure the best management of the current and potential impacts of the construction. In this context, interviews are being made with the opinion leaders, local jargon is being used; and offices and special phone lines have been installed in the neighborhoods in order to facilitate communication.

The basic values adopted for the expected change have been determined as effective stakeholder participation, sustainability, transparency, participation, ensuring gender equality, protection of vulnerable groups, and environmental consciousness.