Ali Ercan Özgür
Ali Ercan Ozgur holds a PhD from Marmara University on the “Development Agencies in Turkey under the auspices of EU”. He also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University and an MSc in Governance and Development Management degree from the University of Birmingham. Ali Ercan is currently the founder and Managing Director of IDEMA International Development Partners and the Secretary General of the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR Turkey). He previously served as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey while he also possesses wide civil society experience with stints, inter alia, at the Habitat Governance and Development Center; the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV); and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). He is also a British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar; a Marshall Memorial Fellow of German Marshall Fund of the United States; and a Black Sea Young Reformer.
Areas of Expertise:Sustainable Development; Regional Development; Local Governments and
Cities; Corporate Social Responsibility; Social Entrepreneurship, NGOs and Civil Society.
How do Social Cooperatives Provide Job Opportunities For Young People?
Ali Ercan Özgür, Ph.D, explains that social cooperatives can be an alternative way for many young people who experience dangerous unemployment conditions of business area in these days.
Social cooperatives provide them to create their own job with some social services like reintegration of disadvantaged and marginalised workers into work areas. He suggests that the social cooperatives can provide new job opportunities for young people because the structure of social cooperatives having some features like volunteerism, open membership and democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives, concern for community.
Although cooperatives have historical experience in Turkey since Ottoman time, it had negative reputation for the last 3 decades. The raison d’etre of this is home construction cooperatives. Nevertheless it is now an era for digital transformation where New Generation Cooperative can be a panacea for youth and disadvantageous problems of the world. He notes that the social cooperatives can be a solution for these young people to create their own employment with their own values like self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Shortly, the social cooperatives can be a new business model for new generation young people because social cooperatives response people’s emerging needs.