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Exploring Mobility and Freedom of Movement
February 2014



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WHITE PAPER: Exploring Mobility and Freedom of Movement
Istikshaf online research (survey) 

Istikshaf News


Safar/ Istikshaf Grants

Shareef Mousa from Palestine received a grant to travel to Morocco and meet journalist Anwar Alakhal, and activist with main interest in community work, with several academic and practical experiences in this field.
Mousa is a volunteer with the youth team Yaraat in English Fireflies in Tamer Institution for Community Education. Shareef is interested in literature and poetry and had many contributions to the Yaraat Newsletter.
Yaraat is a bimonthly supplement published by Tamer Institution for Community Education. It includes writings and illustrations by the youth who use these mediums as a way of expressing themselves and give life to their ideas.Mousa has had many contributions to Falasteen Alshabab e-journal, too.


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 About AEF

The Arab Education Forum is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization active in the Arab World in the field of community and youth work . The mission of AEF is to contribute to an Arab cultural regeneration project that springs out of the inherent knowledge and experiences within the Arab societies

 Exploring Mobility and Freedom of Movement 

The Istikshaf coalition for mobility was formed to reflect the growing concern on the part of several community organizations and groups about the increasing obstacles to mobility and freedom of movement within the Arab World in particular, as well as other countries around the world. This problem is aggravated by the fact that the concept of mobility of people, artists, and initiatives is not well defined and recognized by institutions in the public sector, the  private sector, and NGOs, as a learning tool and as an integral part of social, economic, and political development.
This white paper was developed by Istikshaf Regional Coalition in order to ensure true engagement of all key stakeholders in discussing this old/new concept.  Our aim is to shed the light on the importance of mobility in the healthy growth and cohesion of people and communities, and to achieve that aim we are working with all stakeholders in order to integrate the promotion of mobility and freedom of movement within national agendas in the region.
We would like you to read this white paper and send us your comments, promote it, and participate in the coming discussions, debates, and activities that will be organized by Istikshaf coalition members.



This debate is of particular importance first and foremost to defend the basic right to learn. 'To learn' in this instance covers many bases:

  • Learning is to 'experience' and grow; restricting mobility is a limitation to both.
  • Learning is to access knowledge that is easily available; which is to serve an individual's quest for investigating reality through updated responsive information-rich points and the open access to different places.
  • To move is to know for yourself; which is one of the fundamental premises of research-based and experiential and incidental learning is to take ownership and responsibility for your personal growth.

In the spirit of meaningful mobility, we need to spend more time in conversations face-to-face with one another, in doing things together, in dreaming beautiful dreams, and in building shared visions.  In short, we need to reclaim our lives and regain our cultural spaces.


We identified some important questions that will lead our regional discussions and debates. We are ready to receive any comments or notes on this white paper as it will help us to start a positive learning process that will lead to achieve our position in the near future.      

  • Is mobility a cultural practice? How does it affect culture?
  • Do knowledge acquiring technologies like social media for example substitute for mobility or do they propel it? Can mobility contribute to  social justice how?
  • Are mobile subjects representing more than who they are? How can we open up societies to a safe mobility and an embracing of pluralism?
  • What is the activism needed to legitimize concepts of learning from traveling?
  • Is there an economic impact to mobility on cities or individuals?
 Feedback and Contact Information 

For more clarifications and information related to this white paper, and for any comments, and if you wish to be informed and participate in the coming discussions/debates.

Schedule of debates can be found online at / Facebook page

Please contact Istikshaf Policy Team at:
Tel. 00962-6- 568 7557

 Istikshaf online research (survey) 

Istikshaf online research (survey) covering all regions and countries in order to  gather important data needed to assist our efforts to  better understand the positive impact of mobility. The objective of this survey is to understand the process of travel grants, the barriers that artists and socials entrepreneurs are facing, and the impact of travel and crossing borders on peoples knowledge and skills, as well as the impact on society and macro economy. 
To fill the survey (before 22/2/2014):
Arabic link , English link


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