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 Boundary tree planting committee_Sihan Clan_Rivercess county 2014-web

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…

May 4, 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…

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.

April 27, 2015

Doing legal empowerment differently: learning from pro-poor litigation in Bangladesh

by Tam O'Neil, Craig Valters and Cynthia Farid, Overseas Development Institute in Citizenship BKD_20140418_Bangladesh_Namati_1198

This report on pro-poor litigation in Bangladesh from ODI features the work of Namati’s parter the Council of Minorities. Originally published at – and you can download the report direct from ODI here. This case study is part of the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI’s) work on the politics and governance of public goods and services in…

April 22, 2015

New International Legal Support for Resource Justice Organizations

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Resources & Research Phase 1 - meeting - web - blue

The rising global appetite for natural resources has made community land protection an urgent challenge of our time. In the week when we celebrate our shared planet for Earth Day, now is a fitting time to think of the millions whose lands and environment are being harmed by escalating resource exploitation – and consider how…

April 21, 2015

Why SDG indicators on land are crucial

by Luca Miggiano in Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda AWA2013007M0526-5788

Protecting people’s land rights is also about measuring them in the right way. The upcoming Sustainable Development Goals are a historic opportunity to improve the livelihoods of the most marginalized women and men in the world. To do this, we need indicators that do not go below existing international benchmarks that protect people’s land rights….

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,…

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