The award ceremony of 2nd Local Government Awards organized by SODEM (The Association of Social Democratic Municipalities) will take place on Friday, 12th October in Ankara. The event will be hosted by Çankaya municipality. In the scope of the award, the CHP municipalities will be evaluated by a jury according to the projects undertaken. The awards will be presented by CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
SODEM was founded with the scope of wide-spreading the social democratic principles of governance and promoting the effective local government projects in Turkey and on international scale. The Local Government Awards will be presented the second time. The social democratic local governments joined the competition with maximum 5 projects. The Jury consists of the following members: Ateş İlyas Başsoy, Cem Seymen, Ercan Karakaş, Dr. Erdal Atabek, Faruk Göksu, Fikret Toksöz, Doç. Dr. Gökhan Günaydın, İbrahim Betil, Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı, Doç. Dr. Koray Çalışkan, Prof. Dr. Korel Göymen, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Rıfkı Aktekin, Melda Onur, Prof. Dr. Murat Barkan, Kadri Gürsel, Pınar Türenç, Rıdvan Budak, Selami Öztürk, Seyit Torun, Sunay Akın and Şafak Pavey.
The award ceremony will be on Friday 12th October at 17:00 in Zübeyde Hanım Social Facilities in Çankaya. The award-winning municipalities will be presented their awards by CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
SODEM Chairman Tunç Soyer said that 96 municipalities from 340 projects joined the competition in 2018. The projects will be classified and evaluated under these subjects: Urban progress, social projects and employment, environment-health and stray animals, culture-art-tourism, science and history, agriculture, democratic and participatory governance, children-education-youth and sports.
The first SODEM contest was organized in 2016 in Seferihisar.