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Leading Jordanian artisans and heritage entrepreneurs came together with representatives from UN agencies and other international, national and local agencies working with Syrian refugees to share their expert opinions, experiences and knowledge about the current state of the Syrian cultural heritage, and the enterprising efforts in Jordan for preserving it. 

Given the feed-forward from the participants, the research team will adjust the sampling framework to include Jordanian key informants and artisans alongside the Syrian refugee artisans residing in Jordan. In doing so, we will capture the nuances around the dynamics between the Jordanian and Syrian artisan communities, to reflect a more holistic and comprehensive perspective. 

Data collection with Syrian refugee male artisans operating enterprises that they established in Jordan at least three years ago will begin in May. Do get in touch to direct us towards such artisans.

Mobilising Global Voices – London, June 7, 2017

At the AHRC International Development Summit, Dr Marta Hawkins (University of Plymouth) and Dr Diana Abouali (Tiraz, Jordan) discussed the Syrian Artisan Entrepreneurship Project during the session entitled Mobilising the Arts: Migration and Forced Displacement.

Key messages from the Summit as captured by Said Ebbini (King Hussein Foundation Information and Research Center, Jordan), and Dr Rawan Ibrahim (Tiraz, Jordan) include:

  • The urgent need to create strong multidisciplinary partnerships
  • The relative lack of intermixing between the academic and practitioner worlds has denied both the wealth of knowledge and experience of each other
  • The leadership and strategic planning of development needs to be gradually shifted to the global south
  • Impact needs to be complex. concerned with, and cognizant of, the long-term implications and the sustainability of development in the local context.