Burcin Basaran, Yasemin Oraman


The preliminary source of regional policy and regional instruments in Turkey is the Five Year Development Plans. These plans, however failed to demonstrate the expected effectiveness in regional development. Development agencies are a regional development system that has its own technical and financial mechanism and a non-profit regional development system in where all parties (public, private sector and non-governmental organizations) the region are of advisors, decision makers and implementers. Agencies aim to lead national and global competitiveness both by ensuring a balanced distribution of development throughout the country and by mobilizing the potential of the regions. With its headquarters in Tekirdağ, Trakya Development Agency was established in Edirne and Kırklareli provinces with the authorization of the Council of Ministers on July 14, 2009 to reinforce collaboration between the public, private sector and civil society, to ensure resources are used appropriately and efficiently and to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region by stimulating local potential. Since its inception in 2010, 675 projects have been supported and 174 reports have been prepared for the region. Development agencies playing a role in regional development in Turkey will be examined in this study.

The contribution of the Thrace Development Agency operating in the Thrace region to the regional development is to be demonstrated. For this purpose, studies in this field and official sources are to be the material of the research.


Development agency, Thrace region, Regional development.

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