Istanbul95 launches with new mapping initiative
The Bernard van Leer Foundation launched its Istanbul95 programme with a presentation hosted by the Marmara Municipalities Union of a new mapping exercise on young children in the city – the first step towards scaling up services to reach more children in poverty.
The maps, produced with Foundation support by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and Istanbul Studies Center of Kadir Has University (ISC), are a planning tool to visualise the relationships between factors such as real estate values and how children of different age groups are distributed through the city.
Initially this exercise provides municipalities with guidance for where to target their services. TESEV will further develop the maps in collaboration with district municipalities in Istanbul, helping the Istanbul95 programme to identify needs and opportunities to integrate services.
Istanbul95 will work in partnership with the Marmara Municipalities Union, a semi-governmental agency that provides support to the 155 municipalities in Istanbul itself and the surrounding region of Marmara. The map presentation was attended by 25 district municipalities from Istanbul.