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İNGEV (Human Development Foundation) has recently conducted a research with the title ‘Human Development Index - Districts (İGE-İ)’ based on the districts throughout Turkey and the results of the research have been announced.
Beşiktaş took the 1st place in the ‘Economic Situation’ and the ‘Education Index’ categories and also took the 3rd place in the ‘Main Index’ category.
The Human Development Index – Districts Research, shortly İGE-İ, included 150 districts, which accommodate the highest number of populations, located within the borders of all the 30 metropolitan provinces in Turkey. The İGE-İ research, composed of the components relating to social, economic and environmental factors on district level, included a total of 50 indicators of human development under the topics of governance, social inclusion, economic situation, education, health services, social life, environment and transportation. In addition to these statistical data, the research also evaluated the municipalities’ activity reports, corporate websites, social media accounts and secret shopper reports.
The researchers called the municipalities and asked questions as if they were the residents of those districts and made some requests. They inquired into each of the 150 districts included in the research and made a social evaluation of the municipalities. According to the results of the research conducted by the Human Development Foundation, the Çankaya district of the capital Ankara took the first place in the development index category, while the Ergani district of Diyarbakır ranked the last among the 150 districts.
According to the Human Development Index – Districts Report, Beşiktaş took the first place in the ‘Economic Situation Index’ and the ‘Education Index’. Beşiktaş also came third in the ‘Main Index’ category.
The research assessed the districts in four group; very high human development, high human development, middle-level human development and low human development. 63 of the districts scored within the range of middle-level human development, suggesting that Turkey’s human development stands at middle level considering the average index scores of the 150 largest districts in Turkey. The districts with the highest human development level were determined to be Çankaya, Yenimahalle and Keçiören (Ankara); Beşiktaş, Kadıköy, Beyoğlu, Bakırköy, Şişli, Fatih, Ataşehir and Üsküdar (Istanbul); Muratpaşa and Konyaaltı(Antalya); Odunpazarı and Tepebaşı (Eskişehir); Nilüfer and Osmangazi (Bursa); İzmit (Kocaeli).
Besides the main index, the research evaluated the districts in 7 different categories, which are governance, social inclusion, economic situation, education, health services, social life, environment performance and transportation. According to these criteria, the top 5 municipalities are listed in the table below:
Thanks to this research, local administrations will be able to use a database for various functions and purposes, mainly to follow-up the human development trends of districts and to determine what areas they need to focus their studies and investments on.