March 4, 2015

Oxfam on India’s proposed new land acquisition ordinance

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources hills

There has been uproar in India’s parliament and among civil society groups following the government’s proposal to replace the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCLARR). RFCLARR was enacted in 2013 replacing the land acquisition policies prevalent in the country since 1894. A year later, the Government of…

March 2, 2015

Under Which Law?

by Kanchi Kohli in Community Land Protection, Environment, Land & Natural Resources landscape-644922_640

Originally published on the blog, Namati’s Kanchi Kohli examines a representation of a village’s response when the gram sabha’s consent is sought for a mining project. The story is a part-fictionalized account that brings together real experiences with Gram Sabhas (village assemblies) in various different contexts. So the names of the village, panchayat and the characters have all…

February 24, 2015

UNHCR Features Paralegals and Citizenship in Bangladesh

by UNHCR in Citizenship BKD_20140416_Bangladesh_Namati_0139

How a Bangladesh court ruling changed the lives of more than 300,000 stateless people. Bangladesh features as one of seven case studies from Asia, Europe and Latin America in the first of a series of UNHCR Good Practices Papers released on Monday. The first one of these, “Resolving Existing Major Situations of Statelessness,” corresponds to the…

February 23, 2015

The Doomed Forest

by Kanchi Kohli in Environment hills

Originally published on Civil Society Online – Namati’s Kanchi Kohli explores the prospects of forest communities in the Khandadhar hills of Odisha, India, in the face of the encroaching mining sector. Would you like to trek up, asked one of my colleagues. There was no way I was going to say no. It had taken me all of nine…

February 20, 2015

Namati Sierra Leone goes to court for eight villages to get their land back.

by Sonkita Conteh in Land & Natural Resources nimiyama photo

Freetown, Sierra Leone, February 16, 2015 – Land owning families in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Kono District, Eastern Sierra Leone have commenced legal action in the country’s High Court against Orient Agricultural Ltd – a Chinese-owned company, Paramount Chief George B. Torto III, Chiefdom Speaker Philip M. Koroma, Senior Town Chief Moses S. Kamanda and Councillor Hudy…

February 13, 2015

Call for proposals: Civil Society and Tunisia’s Justice Sector

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities Palais_de_Justice,_Tunis

The US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has just released the RFP “Supporting Security and Justice Sector Reforms in Tunisia”, solicitation number DRLA-DRLAQM-15-043. There is no specified project duration or start date. The project will focus on Tunisia.   Eligibility Organizations submitting proposals must meet the following criteria: ·…

February 6, 2015

When People are Merely Roadblocks

by Kanchi Kholi in Environment DSCN2370

A series of recent executive orders, amendments to law and ministerial directives either seek to curtail avenues of public participation and consent over projects of critical impact, or do away with them altogether. Namati’s Kanchi Kohli tracks the trend. This article originally appeared in India Together The Preamble of the Constitution of India rests on four…

February 2, 2015

Freedoms and Threats: untangling land rights in rapidly-changing Myanmar

by Bremen Donovan in Land & Natural Resources BKD_20140429_Burma_Namati_2266

Phoe Sein is a land rights advocate working in the dry and dusty central plains region of Bago in Myanmar. Aged 43, he is a young-looking man, with the exception of his teeth, which are stained red from a decades-long betel nut habit. In 1996, Phoe Sein lost five of his family’s ten acres when…

February 2, 2015

Sierra Leone’s Proposed Land Tenure Make-over

by Sonkita Conteh in Land & Natural Resources defau

Writing for the Open Society Initiative West Africa, Namati’s Sierra Leone Program Director, Sonkita Conteh, examines whether the new draft National Land Policy, set to change Sierra Leone’s land tenure system, is really equal to the challenge the country faces. Click here to read the article at Or download the article as a PDF…

January 29, 2015

Action on Myanmar’s National Land Use Policy

by Laura Goodwin in Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities, Women BKD_20140430_Burma_Namati_0135

The Myanmar government recently released a draft National Land Use Policy for public consultation and comment. This policy is envisioned to be a framework to guide the development of a National Land Use Law during 2015 and the harmonization of the many existing land-related laws in Myanmar. The draft National Land Use Policy can be…

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