Is being united under the same roof sufficient enough to effect decision...

Is being united under the same roof sufficient enough to effect decision making mechanism

Contemporary people have almost stopped going forward ‘individually ‘and they prefer being united with similar people under the same roof and realize themselves with ‘plural’ sounds. Such that, with the increasing number of nongovernmental organisations today, we know that in some cities there are 3-5 NGOs per person. Although it is very modern, democratic and appreciated way of civilization, it brings the question of: ‘It is very good to be United under the same roof but would there be enough satisfaction at the point of effecting decision making mechanism?’ to our minds.

We dissected the topic of‘The Effects of Non Governmental Organisations in Decision Making Mechanism’ as this month’s lobby subject and directed our questions to the foremost representatives of NGOs from different point of views.

orhansamastOrhan Samast

‘Difficulty in preference between ‘To Support Decision Makers or Opposites’
Could you comment on the effects of Non Governmental Organisations for decision making mechanism in Turkey?
Culture the most important factor that affects the success of democratisation at a society. The existence of a democratic state or non governmental society is dependent on the existence of democratically politic culture. It is vital for a democratic nongovernmental society to have a tolerant, conciliatory, participatory political culture.

Nongovernmental organisations can only realize their function where the relations between state and nongovernmental organisations have been constructed on international values and where there is a mutual interaction. The control of the administration, increasing the level of participation, placement of democratic attitudes, softening of the polarization, provision of social dissemination of information and ideas, improving the system of social responsibility will be the natural outcomes of this interaction.

The increasing global emphasis of the nongovernmental organisations’ role in the process of democratisation, was effective in the foundations of nongovernmental organisations, voluntary associations, social awakening .It is not easy to say that nongovernmental organisations are really effective in decision making process. The dominant culture of work of decision making mechanisms, forces the nongovernmental organisations in Turkey to make a decision between whether to be on the side of decision makers or to be against them. The process of decision making which is not always rational causes NGOs to lose their credibility in time.

This preference that is regarded as one of the major obstacles in front of Turkey, as well as many different factors with the recent regulations that are being done during the process of accession to the European Union, can only change with the activities of principled NGOs

What are your studies in the regard of influencing the decision making mechanism?
Reputation Management Institute carries out its activities, through the reality that the concept of reputation is one of the most valuable assets for individuals and for the sustainability of the social position and relations of the organisations. It was founded with the aim of bringing together people, different organisations and institutes, who have universal reputation,
It perform activities in the areas of individual and corporate reputation management, and ; public relations, communications, ethics, brand-patents, advertising, media, human resource, career, public opinion research, consulting, strategy, international relations, corporate social responsibility, sponsorship, internet, social networks, corporate citizenship, environmental protection, risk management, governance, entrepreneurship and leadership which are natural, complementary and inseparable components of these areas.
In this context, it works in its areas of activity and within the framework of priorities, moulds public opinion and contributes to the respected community leaders of future. It supports the participation and being beneficiary of youths, women, children, disabled people and the disadvantaged groups in society to the activities as a priority, and gives special importance. It supports the social participation and supports the individual competencies.
Within the framework of ‘Corporate citizenship’ it supports the formation of consciousness of ‘corporate citizenship’ in the context of being compatible with the law, moral standards and human rights act, minimizing possible damage they may give to the environment, being aware of their affect to the world they are living in, non- governmental organisations, public and that they should be cooperate with them all and supports transparency.

Ahmet AbakayAhmet Abakay Chairman of Contemporary Journalist Association
We Are Working To Realize The Principles of Universal Press
Could you comment on the effects of Non Governmental Organisations for decision making mechanism in Turkey?

In democratic countries, especially in European countries and in USA, nongovernmental organisations play active roles in societies in effecting decision making mechanisms. In Turkey, especially during the process of accessing to the European Union the efficiency of nongovernmental organisations has increased.
Yet, I cannot tell that NGOs suggestions are being accepted by the administration or let me say governing bodies of a country. Because during the different governments of our country, it is seen very often that administrations have taken the proposals of NGOs that are on their sides and have supported them unconditionally and they have neglected the ideas of those who have been against.
What are your studies in the regard of influencing the decision making mechanism?

Contemporary Journalist Association, has been defending the freedom of thoughts and expression for 32 years in our country.
Whoever of whatever party is in power, it works actively to universal principles of press. It makes panels and explanations for the resulted disruptions. For about a year CJA has brought together 94 professional pres organisations including Journalists Association of Turkey, Turkey Union of Journalists, Photo Journalists Association, the Association of Diplomacy Correspondents, The Press Council, the Parliament Correspondents Association, he Journalists Association, the News Union and Journalist Associations of 81 cities and established The Platform for Freedom to Journalists. This platform, first of all, studies within the context of ensuring the freedom of 64 journalists in prison, releasing by court pending a trial, showing respect to media and freedom of expression, ending the pressure to the press. Yet, as I underlined in the answer of first question; the answer I gave for the first question I should emphasise that AKP Government doesn’t sympathise to the demands of Contemporary Journalist Association.
NASIR DUYANNasır Duyan The President of Mardin Industrialists and Businessmen Association

Effective NGOs Should Be Take into Consideration

Could you comment on the effects of Non Governmental Organisations for decision making mechanism in Turkey?
The effects of non governmental organisation on decision making mechanisms vary. Although the nongovernmental organisations in metropolitans like Ankara, plays effective roles in decision making mechanisms, nongovernmental organisations especially in Eastern and South Eastern regions don’t. Researches being done in different regions should be done in relation to the consultations with people. Mardin’s problems can be best known by the nongovernmental organisations in Mardin.

What are your studies in the regard of influencing the decision making mechanism?
As being Mardin Industrialists and Businessmen Association, we are closely interested in industrialist’ and businessmen’ problems of Mardin, and of Eastern- South Eastern Region.
We are cooperating with The Federation of Eastern and South Eastern Businessmen Association about them. We are working particularly on tax policies, social security policies and employment policies and share our accumulation at the ministerial level. Yet, there is doubt that how much of our studies and experience effective in decision making mechanism.
yasar seymanCandidates Willing To Rule The Country Shall Be Successful
BASİSEN Ankara and Middle Anatolia Chairman Yaşar Seyman
Could you comment on the effects of Non Governmental Organisations for decision making mechanism in Turkey?

Non- governmental organisations are very important in the countries of modern democracies. They are pressure groups. In order to realize the importance on non-governmental organisations, there should be institutional relations with them. If the political parties, governments, local administrations have connections with non- governmental organisations they will be successful. They progress in the realization of their projects. They can easily solve the problems of country’s agenda. Way of development, tranquillity, prosperity and peace is due to a contemporary way of communication. They help to decision making mechanism to sign healthy, coordinated, efficient successful attempts
What are your studies in the regard of influencing the decision making mechanism?

As being unions, we are doing projects for the future of our members with our parent company Turk-İş, the other unions of workers which is far beyond the duties of membership, share our thoughts with the government and opposition party at a contemporary platforms contribute to our country’s future by making agenda to our problems.. In social councils, we are working carefully as in contemporary democracies. An organised individual, an organised society are the answers to the questions and happiness.
Recep Gezinti The Chairman of Manisa Mesir and Solidarity Association and The Term Chairman of Egem Platform

Our Democracy Will Be Stronger As The Non Governmental Organisations That Have High Potential of Per locution Are More And More

Could you comment on the effects of Non Governmental Organisations for decision making mechanism in Turkey?

In our country the views of NGOs are applied in decision making process but not to the extent of other democratic countries. Yet, in order them to have sufficient domain, they need to have more opportunities either through social networks or through national or local media to be heard more.

What are your studies in the regard of influencing the decision making mechanism?
When the NGOs at least change in accordance with the aim and style of organising, they are at the same time conducting lobby activities in general. While conducting, administrators of the organisation, would be successful and make their organisation strong as long as they praise the common interests above the individual interest As the number of sanctioning powered organizations increase, our democracy will be stronger and eradicated

ismail koncukİsmail Koncuk General Director of Turkish Union of Public and Union of Education

In Democracies Where Non-Governmental Organisations Are Not At The Necessary Level, Administrations Are Transformed Into Covered Oligarchies

Could you comment on the effects of Non Governmental Organisations in decision making mechanism in Turkey?
Today, one of the most important indications of development at a society is the rate of nongovernmental organisations there. So, it is an unquestionable obligation at a developed society to have non-governmental organisations effectively. Moreover, it is one of the most important necessities of modern democracy that those who are administrated should be involved in all levels of administration and administrators. This interference should be made by non-governmental organisations. In democracies where these kinds of organisations are not at the desired level, this interference can only be real during the election times casually. In countries being administrated in this way, the administration turns into an autocratically style even to oligarchy. If it is evaluated so, the influence power of non- governmental organisations on decision making mechanisms should be regarded, as not being only important for meeting the expectations of the group they are representing, but also as being important to establish a healthy and modern democracy.

In one respect, NGOs, having task to be a bridge between public and decision making mechanism and at the same time it composes the power of a nation. The common mind, works for the same purpose of maximizing public interest, beyond personal interests, .will contribute to democracy to process of decision making mechanism with its all rules and instutions.

Despite these undisputed facts, it is not possible to say that the importance of nongovernmental organisations is understood clearly by the public. This has two dimensions. First, the level of sensibility of our citizens is not at the desired level yet. For instance, even if we appraise the process in accordance with the public employees, the unionisation rate is still about 63% . Almost half of the public employees still prefer to be out of the rest ruction. Secondly, no matter at what level, administrators have negative approach to NGOs’. Managers and politicians’ at all level, cooperate with NGOs is perceived as power sharing. And countermeasures are being taken. Because of the fore mentioned two reasons, it should be stated that the desired level of nongovernmental organising hasn’t been approached. It is natural that, this is duration of time. It is not easy to reach the desired level immediately. But, what is unnatural here is, the political power’s and the bureaucracy’s, that is under their control, negative attempts to the organisation of employees’. In fact, the political authority, aims to create structures to serve their projects, with its Trojan horses created, to weaken the strength of organised power of the employees and to feed their allied organisations, with the so-called NGOs structured to serve their projects rather than meeting the expectations of the society

Those negative attitudes, have negative impacts on decision making mechanism and organisation of NGOs in our country. But, what should be stated as well is, there has been a significant progress in our country despite the all negative attitudes political pressure and manipulation. When we evaluate the issue from the public’s point of view it will be clearly seen that, the most important NGOs founded by public employees, since the year the most important NGOs organised by employees reached the official basis, can affect the decision making mechanism to a certain extent. Before, all the decisions taken on behalf of the employees were taken one-sided; employees could only hear the vital decisions made for them when they were realized. Whereas, today, every single economical, social, occupational application is implemented as a result of consultations and studies with the counter parted unions. Of course, we have witnessed for many times that administrator power, as a contrast with the political morality, doesn’t fulfil their promises. But unions’ are being seated on one side of the table, on behalf of the employees, is a great asset which cannot be compared with previous periods. In fact, the last 9 years of public employees’ additional benefits derived by the economic and professional sense is reflected in a substantial extent. These are all results of nongovernmental organising.
.Of course, the level of democracy and nongovernmental organisation in the present age of communication should be questioned. The problems of our public’s and private employees’ should be discussed in detail and evaluated. But, more importantly, the attitude of our country’s political and bureaucratic structure should be changed. The governing bodies shouldn’t interfere with the independent structure of NGOs, shouldn’t create Trojan horses
to set the NGOs with each other and first and foremost, they should regard it is their own responsibility to set the advanced democracy in our country and that they should accept the necessity of the existence of NGOs.

. What are your studies in the regard of influencing the decision making mechanism?
Turkish Union of Public has been struggling with all its effort to realize the afore mentioned items. Our confederation having been founded in 1992,and both has been effective in terms of realization of public employees’ Professional and economic demands for 20 years. and has been struggled to build modern democracy in our country as being a brave voice of our society and an effective non-governmental organisation. After obtained enactment of Law No. 4688, as a result of a long struggle period that has addressed the social partners at all levels as being a stress factor at official boards. Our Confederation, Turkish Union of Public, and our other unions connected to our confederation, considers these processes as opportunities to meet the demands of employees in terms of solving the problems and meeting the demands. Today, we are carrying out an effective fight, with our over 400 thousand members, to influence decision- making mechanisms and routing point in favour of public employees. First of all, our unions which are responsible of Meetings of the Administrative Board of Collective Agreement and the Authority, and who deal with authorities on behalf of employees and sees these processes as an opportunity to solve problems and meet the demands of employees.

Of course, from time to time, the political power that is bookmarking the understanding of democracy and the bureaucratic oligarchy may ignore the unionised organisation and unions; in fact, they even don’t recognize meetings of the board based on the law. At this point, our unions by using their democratic and legitimate rights engage in action and activities in order to create pressure on the managers. Our unions, by actively maintaining social studies and legal initiatives, exhibit an admirable struggle for the preservation of employees’ rights.

All of these studies have shown that, despite all the negative attitudes and prejudices, our unions have the ability to route the decision-making mechanism at a substantial extent. Now, public administrators cannot act as recklessly as they could before 2001.They haven’t regarded public employees as servants at the doors since then and have been acting cautiously because of the fear of “What would the unions say?” One would wish that our administrators, without feeling the mentioned concerns, would believe in the necessities of NGOs and co-operate with them. They would regard unions not as competitors but as partners. Again, one would wish that political will, would not cause a fit between employees by establishing supporter foundations. They wouldn’t build a base to deterioration of the struggle for sacred rights; they wouldn’t let those who try to make public employees’ dignity’s lose its value. And again, one would wish that, political power and bureaucratic oligarchy would realize that public employees love their country very much are all willing to serve their country and the only concern they have is to improve the working conditions to serve better. Wishing to create a Turkey with all the rules and institutions of democracy are stabilized…

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