Tahir Dadak

Ashoka Fellow
Diyarbak?r, Turkey
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Tahir Dadak was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Despite the influx of grant money earmarked for rural initiatives, the citizen sector has shown itself to be largely ineffective and wasteful in rural areas, contributing to its bad reputation among would-be beneficiaries: tens of thousands of small-scale farmers.
A veterinarian whose commitment to the development of rural areas led him to abandon private practice 15 years ago, Tahir sees an opportunity for citizen-led organizations to shepherd Turkey’s rural areas in the transition to modernity. His effort, begun in 2004, brings sector-level improvements that will enable an effective response on the part of citizen-led groups: clear policies that outline proper governance; new talent for the sector that draws on local expertise and trust and encourages, rather than stifles, innovation; and support for locally-rooted ideas that he believes will, through their execution and example, change the way civil society organizations in Turkey realize significant advancements in rural development.
Starting in the Southeast, a region stymied by underdevelopment and ongoing conflict, Tahir’s efforts will show a future for rural areas and allow farmers to meet demand for agricultural goods destined for domestic and European markets.
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