April 14, 2015

Namati at the World Bank Land & Poverty Conference 2015

by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection Portrait of Momodu Kanu. Masethele, Bombali District, Sierra Leone.

Rachael Knight, program director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, presented details of Namati’s land protection work at the 2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Rachael spoke in a session entitled Scaling up Strategies to Secure Indigenous and Community Land Rights.

April 14, 2015

Ignoring the institutions that can save India’s coastal regions

by Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor in Environment OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since November 2014 there have been at least four amendments to India’s Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011. In all but one instance, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has emphasised on the “public interest” clause, allowing the dispensation of the requirement of a public notice and seeking citizen’s inputs before the…

April 8, 2015

TerraNullius profiles the Community Land Rights CaseBase

by Rachael Knight, Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Melissa Riess-James in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources LEMU.AbotiDip.01.07.14.RulesWriting14-small

TerraNullius – a leading blog on topics of land rights, human rights, and rule of law – has published a profile of CaseBase, Namati’s new online database of community land rights case law. Read the blog on TerraNullius to learn about the goals and development of the Community Land Rights CaseBase. Explore CaseBase CaseBase – Namati’s  free, online,…

April 8, 2015

Protecting women’s land rights in Sierra Leone’s draft National Land Policy

by Sonkita Conteh in Land & Natural Resources Liberia forest

Originally published by Open Society Initiative for West Africa As a daughter she is usually not permitted to manage or inherit family land. The family expects her to move into her husband’s family land after marriage. As a wife she is generally not allowed to control, much less inherit her husband’s land- it belongs to the…

April 1, 2015

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

by Marena Brinkhurst in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research Boundary tree planting committee_Sihan Clan_Rivercess county 2014-web

Namati has launched a groundbreaking new tool for lawyers and advocates working to protect community rights to land and natural resources: the Community Land Rights CaseBase. More and more lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet they often struggle to find supportive legal precedent – within their own country or…

March 20, 2015

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone

by Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates Prison officers in the entrance hall of the Makeni State Prison, Sierra Leone.

Published in the Open Society Foundations’ Voices blog, Marina Ilminska and Zaza Namoradze look at what can be learned from the successes of Namati’s parters, Timap for Justice, delivering access to justice in Sierra Leone. Blog post: How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone   This paper explores the range…

March 17, 2015

Videos on Community Land Protection

by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News video snapshot opening scene

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

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