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…

March 17, 2015

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News LEMU staff David Arach interviews community mobilizers in Uganda

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…

March 17, 2015

Talking Heath Rights

by Paul McCann in Health PMcMoz2015Rosalita - 01

Cacilda Fumo is one of Namati’s health advocates – a compassionate champion of patient rights. At the 1st of May Health Center in Maputo, Mozambique, where HIV and TB patients seek treatment from an over-stretched public health service, she is a regular presence – explaining to people not only how they can stay healthy, but what they can expect…

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…

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