Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010
The Harra Initiative
This description of Mohammed Abu Amerah's work was prepared when Mohammed Abu Amerah was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Mohammed Abu Amerah is recreating the tightly knit social fabric of the Arab society, torn apart by rapid urban expansion and the consequent shift in focus from the community to self-interests. He is reviving the traditional and cultural concept of the old harra (neighborhood) and what it represents as a space for community participation, mutual respect, and protection for vulnerable groups. Mohammed is recreating the social and economic fabric of the harra by fostering interdependence in the community to solve the problems which have arisen because of modernization, namely anonymity, neglect of public spaces, and lack of safety nets.
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