Overview

Co-Opinion is a non-partisan, non-profit, policy-oriented international youth network that aims to render the contemporary world youth-led and socially inclusive. Our objective is to create safe spaces in order to enable fact-based discussions and come up with rights-based policy recommendations for youth problems.

Co-Opinion believes that the youth agenda should not be led and imposed by the particular pressure groups and that the conversations around possibly disruptive issues should be democratized. Hence, the network aims to foster collaboration among youth NGOs, think-tanks, universities, and the private sector both in Turkey and globally, in order to empower youth communities and raise young people’s voice in the debates about the implications of various present-day developments, including but not limited to Data Security, Blockchain Applications, Smart City Solutions and Climate Change. To that end, Co-Opinion aims to facilitate youth empowerment and to enhance youth socio-economic inclusion through the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mission Statement

Co-Opinion aims to facilitate interaction and co-operation among youth civil society sector, academics, and the private sector and provide solutions to the pressing problems of youth by serving as a multi-stakeholder setting.

Principles

  • Co-Opinion is a non-partisan volunteer-based network. We are not associated with any political party nor any state.
  • Co-Opinion holds the distinction between policy-making, which we regard as technocratic, short-term outlook to a given problem, and politics, which is a concept necessarily attached to a partisan outlook. Co-Opinion strictly operates in the former sphere.
  • Our advocacy strategies prioritize private sector over public sector.

Our Story

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On January 2015, the co-founders of the Co-Opinion, Semuhi & Cagatay, found out that that year’s UNDP Arab Human Development Report focused on the problems of the youth in the Middle East & North Africa and had been crafted by a research team from Lebanon. Inspired by the topic of the report, they wanted to take the initiative to address the problems of the youth in the region and to bring together young people to contemplate these issues. They decided to pay a visit to Lebanon to discuss this idea with their peers. The first draft of the Co-Opinion was written at Kudeta Café located on the Badaro Street, Beirut. That was the first milestone of the Co-Opinion as an initiative. For a while, the Co-Opinion operated under the aegis of the Youth Deal Cooperative, an organization which Semuhi served as a founding member, too. Then, the Co-Opinion established its own legal association in Turkey. After dealing with the problem of youth unemployment particularly on the MENA region for almost 3 years, on July 2019, the Co-Opinion team decided to widen its perspective towards democratization of global issues and render the contemporary world youth-led and socially inclusive. By taking SDGs as cornerstone, the team tackles general problems of the world on relevant local regions.

Since its foundation, the Co-Opinion has expanded exponentially and reached out to the young people from different parts of the region such that it currently mobilizes over 25 institutions and its team members consist of more than 50 people from different backgrounds.

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