International Experience

TOKİ received the United Nation’s HABITAT Scroll of HONOR in 1994 for having provided housing credits to hundreds of thousands of low and medium income families and for having implemented the Erzincan Earthquake Reconstruction Project successfully.

TOKİ performs housing and urbanization activities under the existence of data flow with international establishments.  After HABITAT II Conference (organized by TOKİ in Istanbul in 1996), TOKİ was accepted as the administration in charge that provides a coordination with all of official and private establishments for its studies being performed in accordance with Habitat decisions and it has been showing activities in this respect.

Constructions abroad are funded through post-disaster donations and humanitarian relieves, and the Administration conducts its activities (through Protocols regarding Construction) as the implementation unit of these projects (in line with official assignments). In this context; there are TOKI implementations in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Somalia.

(1050 houses in Banda Aceh region of Indonesia for those losing their houses in the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in South Asia, and 500 houses in Sri Lanka for the victims of the same disaster were completed with necessary social facilities and put into service. “Muzafferabad Local Government Management” complex project has been realized in Jammu and Kashmir States after the earthquake to the northeast of Pakistan in 2005, and 2 primary schools, 2 dormitories, 197 houses, 12 management buildings, a mosque, college building, conference and exhibition hall, shopping center, guesthouse and gym were constructed. After the flood disaster that occurred in Pakistan in 2010, construction of 4620 houses and 37 social facilities have been delivered in 10th month of 2013 having completed their tenders in the first half of 2011.

Finally in Somalia, the construction of the 200-bed hospital, 40-class nurse college, and a place of worship for two thousand people on enclosed and open areas has been finalized. TOKİ personnel followed the implementation process via provisional engagements throughout the work.

In 2008, TOKİ was awarded the “International Award for Entrepreneurship in Real Estate and Housing Development” sponsored by Expo Italia Real Estate (EIRE).

In 2008, TOKİ’s Erzincan-Çarşı Quarter Urban Renewal-Slum Transformation Project was selected as a “Good Practice” in the HABITAT Best Practices Award organization.

North Ankara Entrance Urban Renewal Development Project of TOBAŞ was selected as one of the “Good Practices” for the year 2009 by the international selection committee of the UN-HABITAT Business Awards, China.

Drawing upon its accumulated body of knowledge and experience in the fields of housing and human settlements, TOKİ performs studies related to arranging meetings and organizations about its activity subjects and sharing with relevant occupation groups, in national and international level. Two Housing Conventions were arranged by TOKİ on April 8- 9, 2006 and on March 3-4, 2011 in İstanbul, with contributions of international participants.

Convention books for both conventions were prepared by TOKİ to gather the speeches therein, and was shared with all participants and those concerned in the sector.

The practices carried out by TOKİ throughout the country and the fact that the developed models are monitored curiously in the international platform entail information exchange and cooperation requests by various countries. Negotiations with similar corporations and establishments of nearly 91 countries, particularly regional countries are in progress, and memorandums of “cooperation in the field of mass housing development” are being signed with various countries.

There are also increasing demands for benefiting from the technical experience of TOKİ in various construction works abroad, and necessary joint efforts are conducted on the matter by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other concerned Ministries.

The international awareness of the housing supply model and social housing projects of TOKI, which has been awarded United Nations HABITAT Certificate of Honor due to its activities and works at international scale, its providing housing loan to low- and middle-income families in 1994 and its successful implementation of Erzincan Reconstruction Project, and which has successfully completed International HABITAT II Conference organization realized in Istanbul in 1996, having been increased, the subject of application possibility of the low-cost, quality and affordable housing production and supply experience applied in our country stays high on the agenda.