ALF Heads of Network Meeting

The Anna Lindh Foundation organises a face to face Heads of Network Meeting from 30 January to 1 February 2023 in Marseille, France, in collaboration with the French Head of Network, Les Têtes de l'Art and ALDA - European Association for Local Democracy.

The meeting aims to showcase ALF programmes lined up for implementation in 2023 including the Young Mediterranean Voices II, the ALF Hands-On and the ALFinMotion programmes. Discussions will also focus on Networks Management, the new cycle of the Networks Engagement Scheme and pave the way for ALF MedForum preparations.

Nafs for Empowerment Institution

National Network
Palestine
Address

West Bank/ Ramallah/ Balou' street
Ramallah
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
+970-2421196
Telephone (other)
+970599371350
E-Mail
nafsempowerment@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2010
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
General Information

By assisting its members in achieving psychological and social adaptation that fosters, promotes, and empowers creativity, we hope to strengthen Palestinian society. The Board of Directors, Executive Staff, and Volunteers of Nafs for Empowerment all work in favourable conditions that are constantly being improved by the organization. The Board of Directors is made up of 9 members who are experienced at monitoring and directing the institution's operations. On the other hand, we have 7 workers who are experienced in the field, and more than 10 volunteers. Nafs raised fund from major donors that contributed in financing its activities. We collaborated with GIZ for 3 years, and the Japanese Front Line Corporation for 3 years. Our initiatives are founded on the Psycho-Social Support Program, which Nafs implements with the goal of assisting people in overcoming trauma, post-traumatic symptoms, and the effects that emerge from it. Additionally, the Community Awareness Program aims to encourage community participation by encouraging people to initiate local projects. Finally, the Program for Lobbying and Advocacy, which represents one of the main themes of the Society's activities at all levels.

Mission and Objectives

Our Vision: An Empowered Palestinian Society, enjoying psychosocial welfare, psychological health and social justice. Our Mission: Nafs institution is a Humanitarian Palestinian institution based in Ramallah, a pioneer institution contributes to create capable people to adapt to reality according to Human rights and humanitarian international and Palestinian resolutions. Our Goals: Help and rehabilitate the Palestinian society members through empowering them psychologically, socially and legally in order to achieve the psychosocial well-being. Contribute to decreasing the psychological problems for the marginalized groups (Women, Children, Youth and people with special needs) who are suffering from poverty, unemployment, abuse and discrimination. Intervene to achieving psychosocial balance for the people suffering of wars, torture and disasters in the Palestinian community

Main Projects / Activities

Here are some of the activities that Nafs for Empowerment did during the last 5 years. Psychosocial care for children in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank project, in collaboration with Japanese Front Line Corporation, which targeted students from Jalazone and Qalandia Camp, and it was funded by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2017-2020). Also, The Young Citizen Project, which was a collaboration with Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA, which targeted youth and students in the villages of East Ramallah, and it was funded by Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA (2019-2022). Another project was, Psychosocial support in the Jordan Valley communities’ project, in collaboration with Cooperation Foundation for Conflict Resolution, which targeted children from the Jordan Valley, and it was funded by French Development Agency AFD (2019-2020). Also we have worked with GIZ in three projects. Firstly, Empowering psychosocial youth through volunteering, in collaboration with Support and stability program for Palestine (GIZ Palestine), which targeted youths from the western and eastern Ramallah villages, and it was funded by the German Foreign Ministry (Feb- June 2019). Secondly, Active youth for change project, , in collaboration with Support and stability program for Palestine (GIZ Palestine), which targeted youths from western and eastern Ramallah villages (Oct – June 2019). Finally, Youth Leading the Community –Masahat-, in collaboration with Support and stability program for Palestine (GIZ Palestine), which targeted youths from the western and eastern Ramallah villages, and it was funded by the German Foreign Ministry (2022-2023).

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

NAFS has a network in European and South Med of youth organizations and human rights institutions. We work together to develop projects, capacity building, and new partnerships in the region. This can support the National ALF network in Palestine to enhance the collaboration in the region and bring added value partnerships and projects that make Palestine active and a contributor in the network. NAFS has a mandate to support youth and service providers with psychosocial support through different types of activities.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

NAFS is seeking to collaborate in the EuroMed region under a recognized national umbrella of network such as the ALF national network and is willing to support potential projects and get involved in relevant calls and consortiums to contribute to the improvement in the EuroMed collaboration.

Contact (1) Full Name
Nasser Youser Mattar
Job Title
General Manager
Head of the organisation
Nasser Yousef Mattar
Contact (2) Full Name
Mohamad Ibrahim Mousa
Job Title (2)
Translator

Magid Shihade

National Network
Palestine
Address

Mureir Mountain
Bethlehem
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
00972592707146
E-Mail
mshihade@gmail.com
E-Mail (2)
mshihade@gmail.com
E-Mail (3)
mshihade@gmail.com
E-Mail (4)
mshihade@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Individual Person
Year of Establishment
2013
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information

Academic living in Palestine, and interested in improving the lives of people. I am Palestinian from Galilee, but now living in Bethlehem. I wonder if I can assign both locations as sites of my residence, since I am interested in getting involved both in Galilee, and here too in the West Bank. Thanks,

Mission and Objectives

See Above

Main Projects / Activities

Getting involved in educational activities around issues of concern to the public. Also, getting involved in planning strategies to change or improve certain conditions.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

See above

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

See above

Contact (1) Full Name
Magid Shihade
Head of the organisation
Dar Al Kalima University

مركز سند لتمكين الشباب

National Network
Palestine
Address

غزة
شما ل القطاع
قطاع غزة
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
0599065364
E-Mail
raed.alporsh@gmail.com
Mobile Phone
00972599065364
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2022
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information

مركز شبابي حاصل على ترخيص حكومي، يهدف لدعم وتمكين الشباب في المجالات المختلفة

Mission and Objectives

دعم وتمكين الشباب تطوير قدرات الشباب وتنميتها إشراك الشباب في صناعة القرار إنشاء أكاديمية تدريبية للشباب رسلتنا : نحو جيل شبابي قادر على القيادة والإدارة واتخاذ القرار

Main Projects / Activities

لقاءات توعويه بالحقوق لقاءا توعوية تثقيفية دورات تدريب إغاثة وتمكين

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

نشرها والترويج لأفكارها، وتعزيز التقارب بين الشباب في البلدان الشريكة، وذلك من خلال عقد لقاءات وحوارات ومنظارات مختلفة ، والتنقل بين البليدن

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

كجزء من خطة عمل المركز في الافنتاح على الثقافات الأخرى، واملاً في توطيد علاقة التعاون بين البلدان

Contact (1) Full Name
رائد محمد البرش
Job Title
امين سر المركز
Head of the organisation
رائد البرش

Tolerant Youth Associacion (Tolerantiško Jaunimo Asociacija)

National Network
Lithuania
Address

Rinktinės st. 47-68
09206 Vilnius Vilniaus
Lithuania

Telephone
+37061201192
E-Mail
info@tja.lt
Mobile Phone
+37061201192
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2005
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
General Information

General meeting members consist of all 210 TYA members. A Board is a collegiate ruling body of the Association, which leads the Association in between the General meetings of members. A Chairperson is a ruling body of Association consisting of one person, who is elected by the Board. Yearly budget 50.000-80.000 Eur funded by projects. Currently we are implementing Active Citizenship Project "Rainbow Challenge for LGBT+ rights and possibilities" and Erasmus+ project "Rainbow Peer Forces". In 2022 we implemented projects: 2 funded by the municipality of Vilnius, 1 by Agency of Youth Affairs and 1 by Rosa Luxemburg foundation. In 2022, we mostly cooperated with the human rights portal jarmo.net, Lithuanian Social Democratic Youth Union, Lithuanian Psychology Students' Union, Night Vilnius Hive, University LGBT+ group, Lithuanian Falcon Union, Demos Critical Thought Institute, Coalition of Human Rights Organizations and its member organizations, and Family Planning and Sexual Health Association.

Mission and Objectives

What do we aim for? To develop respect for every person, their choice and opinions. To encourage respect for various social groups, protection of human rights and integration of minorities. To unite all open-minded people to work together and strengthen their co-operation with and support for each other, at the same time promoting international co-operation and political activities. Our vision Inclusive Youth in a society that respects human rights.

Main Projects / Activities

Currently we are implementing Active Citizenship Project "Rainbow Challenge for LGBT+ rights and possibilities" and Erasmus+ project "Rainbow Peer Forces". In 2022 we implemented projects: 2 funded by the municipality of Vilnius, 1 by Agency of Youth Affairs and 1 by Rosa Luxemburg foundation.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Tolerant Youth Association operates actively in the field of human rights, also works upon the problems related with refugees, non EU, non EEE countries citizens, sexual minorities and other vulnerable social groups. During the 15 years of existence of the Association many activities have been and are being implemented: educational activities, trainings, related to LGBTQI+, intercultural, human rights, diversity issues, for schoolpupils, teachers, youth, LGBT community, human rights activists; educational and cultural events for vulnerable groups (LGBTQI+, TCN) and society; educational publications, researches; monitoring and advocating human rights, shadow reporting on human rights, preparing and proposing draft laws, organizing social and political awareness raising actions and campaigns adressing human rights related topicalities.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We are looking for ways to grow by developing an intercultural context. Exchange information, participate and engage in creating a society based on respect.

Contact (1) Full Name
Arturas Rudomanskis
Job Title
Chairperson
Head of the organisation
Chairperson Arturas Rudomanskis

منظمة متطوعون بلا حدود -Volunteers Without Borders/Palestine

National Network
Palestine
Address

رام الله، برج عمار، ط 4
رام الله
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
0592270707
E-Mail
askhekmat@gmail.com
Mobile Phone
0599762000
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2016
Fields of Activity
  1. Youth and education
General Information

متطوعون بلا حدود - جمعية فلسطينية ، نسعى لتفعيل دور الشباب في التغيير المجتمعي والارتقاء بالعمل التطوعي بمختلف مجالاته ..

Mission and Objectives

جمعية المتطوعين بلا حدود هي منظمة غير حكومية فلسطينية، تعمل بشكل أساسي على الأنشطة التطوعية وتنمية الشباب. أهدافنا الأساسية هي خلق جو يحفز الشباب على المشاركة في الأنشطة التطوعية ، وزيادة الوعي بأهمية العمل التطوعي للمجتمع لمختلف الأعمار. نركز أيضًا على تحسين المهارات القيادية للشباب المختلفين من أجل خلق قادة شباب جدد فعالين من خلال تقديم دورات تدريبية مختلفة تمكن الشباب من استخدام المفاهيم النظرية في الحياة العملية. بالإضافة إلى أهدافنا الرئيسية ، نعمل أيضًا على دعم اللاجئين من خلال الأنشطة التطوعية لأن العديد من أعضائنا ينتمون إلى مخيمات اللاجئين. كما نولي أهمية خاصة للأنشطة الثقافية التي تهدف إلى تعزيز الثقافة الفلسطينية من خلال الفنون ، ورقص الدبكة (الرقص التقليدي الفلسطيني) ، والموسيقى ، والحرف اليدوية ، والمطرزات.

Main Projects / Activities

الندوة الدولية للهجرة والمهاجرين - جمعية الغاز - فرنسا - تدريب تنمية القيادات - الهلال الأحمر الفلسطيني. - الشراكة مع المنظمات الدولية من القلب إلى القلب وتكافؤ الفرص. - القضية الفلسطينية قرارات دولية مهمة بشأن قضايا المهاجرين والأسرى الفلسطينيين. ندوة الدنمارك. - معسكر الشباب الدولي والاحتفال بافتتاح منظمة محلية - النرويج. - مخيمات صيفية وشتوية للأطفال. - فعاليات التطوع الشبابي مع المنظمات المحلية. - استضافة طلاب الإعلام الدنماركيين مرتين في العام. - أنشطة تطوعية في رمضان المبارك. - دورات اللغة: الإنجليزية والإسبانية والإيطالية. - مهرجان الربيع الفلسطيني - فرنسا. - تدريب على القيادة وريادة الأعمال مع وزارة التربية والتعليم وبلدية البيرة. - اتفاقية المنظمات الدولية - المغرب. - تشجير دار الرفاه للمسنين. - دعم مشروع دكان - مؤسسة دالية. - إعادة تأهيل منتزه نادي الأطفال في مخيم قلنديا. - ورش عمل فنية وحرفية للأطفال في مخيمات وقرى قلنديا وقدورة والجلزون قرب الجدار العازل. - دوري كرة القدم السنوي للقرى. - فعاليات ركوب الدراجات الهوائية - بلدية رام الله.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

حشد المتطوعين لتنفيذ أنشطة ابداعية المشاركة في برامج ومشاريع وورشات أنا ليند المساهمة في تطوير الرؤى التنموية الشبابية تنشيط التبادل الشبابي الاقليمي والدولي

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

لانها شبكة ناجحة وتنموية للمشاركة في تطوير العلاقات بين المؤسسات

Contact (1) Full Name
حكمت بسيسو
Job Title
Director
Head of the organisation
حكمت بسيسو
Contact (2) Full Name
عمر الحايك
Job Title (2)
رئيس مجلس الادارة

Call for candidatures: Head of Administration, Contracts and Grants

The Foundation is looking for an experienced professional ready to make a change in the region to join its multicultural team. The Head of Administration, Contracts and Grants, working from the ALF Secretariat in Alexandria, will have the overall responsibility to lead the Administration Unit team and the Service Team; ensure efficient internal administrative procedures and workflows; supervise the procurement, the calls and the grant processes; and run the HR and the venues of the Foundation, in consistency of the rules laid out in the ALFs Manuals and the

Visual Arts Forum

National Network
Palestine
Address

Ein Musabah
Ramallah
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
009722981514
E-Mail
d.ershaid@vaf.ps
E-Mail (2)
b.nakhleh@vaf.ps
E-Mail (3)
n.ataya@vaf.ps
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2002
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
General Information

The Visual Arts Forum is a leading Palestinian institution in the field of culture and Visual Arts, which aims to promote community development in the arts sector for youth and children. It was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization and is registered with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior. Through its activities, the forum instils important values of equality, voluntary action, transparency and accountability. Its programs in politically and socially marginalized and culturally deprived Palestinian communities all across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Over the years, the Forum has impacted around 19,000 children, youth, teachers and artists. VAF contain 7 employees (part and full time), VAF cover its cost through the Visual arts schools and the grants project or provide services. we work all over West Bank in partnership with MOE, MOSD, and work with funds from world vision, UNRWA, war child, Drosos, Tawoon and arab fund,

Mission and Objectives

Vision: Towards a Palestinian society that is aware of its culture and identity, and believes that art and creativity are essential tools for expression, change, development, and the promotion of free thought. Mission: We seek to provide opportunities to learn the visual arts, expand their uses in creating change, and promote free thought.

Main Projects / Activities

The Forum, through its four programs, offers a range of services and activities related and specializing in visual arts. These programs are: - Visual Arts Education Program: Evening school visual arts classes target two groups; Young children 5-11 years old, and adults over 12 years old. The forum's work in arts education for adults is organized into an academic curriculum consisting of 12 levels, and two levels for the young category, as each level consists of 48 training hours that are carried out within 3 months. Currently, work is underway to develop a curriculum for teaching visual arts to young people through an artistic committee that supervises and works on preparing the curriculum. The number of students enrolled in the Visual Arts School varies; more than 140 students were enrolled during 2020. However, now, due to the impact of the Coronavirus, the number has decreased to about 70 male and female students. The Forum offers arts education in three educational semesters (Winter, Spring and Fall). The period of each semester extends for three months, and is estimated to cost each student approximately 700 shekels. -Psychosocial Support Program: The program seeks to harness the visual arts to serve psychological and social support, through training specialists in psychological and social counseling, and training social counselors in schools on how to benefit from visual arts in providing guidance to students. The forum works to develop its curriculum in the field of psychosocial counseling, in partnership with the Palestine Red Crescent. - Community Awareness Program in the Visual Arts: The program seeks to explore talents and enhance community awareness on the importance of visual arts. - Economic Empowerment Program through Visual Arts: The program aims to provide job opportunities in the field of visual arts, by providing training in some areas of visual arts that is relevant to market needs, such as: storytelling, animation, and the integration between visual arts and psychological and social support. The program also aims to provide opportunities for practical training through on-the-job training, whether in the local market or abroad, and it aims to create links and relationships between trainees and potential employers in the targeted fields.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Implement common projects, share knowledge

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

To share knolwdge and find new partner, implement projects with ALF network

Contact (1) Full Name
Deema Ershaid
Job Title
Executive Director
Head of the organisation
Deema Ershaid
Contact (2) Full Name
Bayan Nakhleh
Job Title (2)
Communication officer

Open Call for Papers and Policy Briefs - ALF Knowledge for Action, K4A

The Anna Lindh Foundation is launching the ALF Knowledge for Action Programme to generate evidence-based research (first policy briefs and then policy papers) to overcome the limited knowledge regarding different fields of the intercultural dialogue with a Euro-Mediterranean vision and to feed public and policy debates and agendas. 

Festival Arabesques - Uni'sons

National Network
France
Address

475 Av. du Comté de Nice
34080 Montpellier
France

Telephone
04 67 10 06 79
E-Mail
h.dechraoui@unisons.fr
E-Mail (2)
l.hamou@unisons.fr
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1000
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
General Information

Créé en 2006 par l'association UNi’SONS, le festival Arabesques encourage la visibilité des artistes arabes et promeut le dialogue interculturel. C'est désormais le festival le plus important en Europe dédié aux arts du monde arabe. Le festival propose une programmation pluridisciplinaire mêlant musique, théâtre, contes, le cinéma, danse, humour, calligraphie… pour valoriser la culture du monde arabe, de ses expressions artistiques traditionnelles à ses formes contemporaines. Arabesques est devenu un rendez-vous incontournable où se retrouvent à la fois des artistes émergents et des « légendes vivantes ».

Mission and Objectives

Implantée dans le quartier de la Paillade à Montpellier, UNi’SONS place la culture, du hip-hop aux arts du monde arabe, au cœur de ses missions. Parce que nous croyons que la culture est un vecteur de cohésion, d’insertion et de vivre ensemble. Au quotidien, UNi’SONS s’engage auprès des jeunes, des professionnels de la musique ainsi que des personnes les plus éloignées de la culture. Au fil du temps, nous avons élargi notre champ d’action parce que nous savons l’importance d’une vision d’ensemble : éducation artistique et culturelle, insertion sociale, professionnalisation des musiciens, évènements artistiques…

Pour notre 20ème anniversaire, nous nous lançons un nouveau défi, celui de l’ouverture d’un lieu, L’art est public, prolongement naturel des actions de proximité menées au quotidien, mais aussi continuité évidente des efforts mis en œuvre pour la promotion de la diversité culturelle.

L'action d'UNi'SONS se structure autour de 4 pôles :

L'éducation artistique et culturelle
La professionnalisation des musiciens
La cohésion Sociale
Les événements artistiques

Main Projects / Activities

Éducation artistique et culturelle (Ateliers hip-hop, Renc'Art, Jeunesse en Arabesques
Professionnalisation des musiciens (Accompagnement des musiciens, Formation MAO, Accompagnement artistique, Creative Agora)
Cohésion Sociale (L'Art est Public, Coulisses Solidaires)
Événements artistiques (Festival Arabesques, Caravane Arabesques)

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Nous désirons inviter des agents créatifs, partager nos actions, élaborer des nouveaux projets et partenariats en Méditerrannée autour du dialogue interculturel. Notre organisation promeut les arts du monde arabe en France.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

Nous souhaitons participer au réseau de la FAL afin de pouvoir développer notre réseau en Méditerranée et créer de nouvelles actions avec des nouveaux partenaires.

Contact (1) Full Name
Habib Dechraoui
Job Title
Directeur
Head of the organisation
Habib Dechraoui