The Joint Program builds on results and partnerships established among UN agencies, governmental partners, CSOs and other (local) partners (including private sector) under the previous programs aimed at promoting women’s rights in Turkey. The programme is fully in line with the UN Country Strategy for Turkey (2011-2015), in particular with Priority 1 (Democratic and Environmental Governance) and Priority 2 (Reducing Disparities, Social Inclusion and Basic Services). It is also in line with the implementing UN Agencies’ priorities (UNDP Country Programme and UNW Strategic Plan). The program goal and outputs reflect recent observations of the CEDAW Committee and 2010 MDG Progress Report on Turkey, as well as the EU Progress report on Turkey’s observations (2010). The overall purpose of this program is to accelerate the implementation of gender equality commitments at a local level and contribute to the development of sustainable capacities to promote, protect and exercise women’s rights and contribute to gender equality in various areas of life. The ultimate goal of the programme is to contribute to improved capacities for the implementation of commitments to women’s empowerment and gender equality at a local level. The programme consists of three interlinked parts (outputs), for which different implementing partners are responsible. Specifically: UN Women is responsible for Output 1: Increased capacities of local administration (City Councils, Women’s Councils and Youth Councils) and local women’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in up to 10 provinces to analyze, develop and monitor local budgets from a gender perspective. UNDP is responsible for Output 2: Enhanced individual and institutional capacities of respective stakeholders (CSOs, universities, local administration agencies and offices) through the Sabancı Foundation Grant Program. Sabancı University for Output 3: Strengthening teachers’ and community stakeholders’ (CSOs, local decision makers) understanding of gender equality through the Purple Certificate Program (developed and implemented by Sabancı University and certified by the Ministry of Education). The key government agencies cooperating in the program are the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Family and Social Policies and Ministry of National Education, and other important national counterparts are the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (umbrella organization for the local authorities) and Sabancı University (private sector). The programme will be implemented in 10 provinces, selected/validated during the Inception Phase of the Programme, based on selection criteria such as political and bureaucratic commitment of authorities to mainstream gender in planning and budgeting, institutional capacity, existence of data collection systems and institutional capacity, and existing consensual social understanding on gender. Additional parameters take into account logistical/travel criteria (accessibility, costs, etc). Edirne, Kocaeli, Eskişehir, Aydın, Çanakkale, Kastamonu, Ordu, Kayseri, Erzincan and Kahramanmaraş are proposed as the pilots. However, selection of the pilots will be finalized by the end of the Inception Period, following expanded consultations with all relevant local stakeholders. The programme will be financially supported by the Sabancı Foundation: the grand total of the budget is 1,700,000 USD.