With thousands of projects realized since its establishment, Turkey's state-run aid and development agency, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), is marking the 28th anniversary of its foundation this year.
TIKA was founded on Jan. 24, 1992 as a government-run agency to help countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus, which gained independence following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Operating under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry for seven years after its foundation, TIKA started in 1999 to carry out projects under the now-defunct Prime Ministry.
The aid agency, which started its operations with offices in Turkic nations in Central Asia, expanded its coverage, launching news offices in various countries. Since its establishment, it has carried out approximately 30,000 projects in nearly 170 countries on five continents.