June 25, 2015

Justice 2015 Update: Goal 16’s Impact

by Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda DSC_0836

Over the last two years more than 300 organizations in the Global Legal Empowerment Network have campaigned for justice targets to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their advocacy has been at both the international and the national level, with high-level political meetings, OpEds, open letters, campaign days and media events pushing the case…

June 22, 2015

Saving Baby Bento

by Paul McCann in Health, Namati News PMcMoz2015Marracuene - 14

A few hours drive north of Maputo in Mozambique and the great distances from public services is just one of the issues local people face. Ignorance of up-to-date protocols and poor communication at health clinics can also put patients’ lives at risk. This short picture story illustrates how Hortência Alange, a Namati Mozambique health advocate, almost…

June 19, 2015

Newsletter Archive

by Paul McCann in Archive of Namati Newsletters AWA2015001M0307-5933 copy 2

Namati regularly updates members of the legal empowerment network and other supporters with news, useful resources and research; tools to improve their working and opportunities to get together and grow the field of legal empowerment. We also regularly update the network on the progress of our Justice 2015 campaign to see justice targets enshrined in the new Sustainable…

June 15, 2015

Report: CZMAs and Coastal Environments

by Manju Menon in Environment, Namati News, Resources & Research AWA2015001M0309-6408

Namati’s Environmental Justice Program and its Indian partner, the Centre for Policy Research, have completed a three year study of India’s Coastal Zone Management Authorities. The report highlights weaknesses in the functioning of India’s oldest and most important environmental protection system. Coastal Zone Management Authorities (CZMAs) were first constituted in all coastal states of India in 1998. This…

June 3, 2015

Spring 2015 Program Update: Realizing the Right to Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Health, Namati News DSC_0684

Namati’s right to health program aims to improve quality of and access to basic health services using a combination of methods including greater literacy of health care and health policy, facilitated clinic-community dialogue, and pursuit of legal and administrative remedies for breaches of policy or health-related rights. We have been engaged in this work in collaboration with…

June 2, 2015

Vivek Maru discusses activism and the legal empowerment movement

by Namati in Namati News NRF 13

Vivek Maru, CEO and founder of Namati, sits down with Arch Street Press’s Managing Editor, Robert Rimm, to discuss his and Namati’s experience training paralegals to represent communities fighting for the land of their families. Vivek’s spirit of activism is rooted in his days as a college student writing about Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr….

May 26, 2015

Large scale land investments and Sierra Leone’s draft National Land Policy

by Sonkita Conteh in Land & Natural Resources Portrait of Momodu Kanu. Masethele, Bombali District, Sierra Leone.

Sonkita Conteh, Diector of Namati Sierra Leone, discusses how the country’s upcoming land reform could approach large scale and foreign investment into land, originally published at   A series of short videos on the website of Sierra Leone’s investment promotion agency (SLIEPA) tout the country as one of the most attractive oases for investment. “Business friendly…

May 18, 2015

Paralegal Workshop in Myanmar

by Khin Htet Wai in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities BKD_20140426_Burma_Namati_2033

On Tuesday May 18th, Namati is hosting a paralegal workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop is focused on a series of very practical discussions around paralegal implementation. The workshop will also provide a forum for legal empowerment practitioners to exchange their experiences working as paralegals. It will be an opportunity to share best practices, discuss a variety of approaches and develop ideas…

May 5, 2015

“We are looking at gold and calling it rock”

by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection

Originally published for the World Bank’s People, Space, Deliberation blog, Namati Community Land Protection Program Director, Rachael Knight, presents Namati’s approach for supporting communities to calculate the replacement costs of their communal lands and natural resources. Communal land, forests, and water sources are essential to the survival of many communities around the world. However, investors…

April 28, 2015

In Portuguese: Defending the Right to Health in Mozambique

by Verdade in Health IMG_0860

The Mozambican newspaper Verdade has published a profile of Namati’s work, explaining how we use health advocates to defend patients’ rights to healthcare. The article is available at this link in Portuguese.