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July 13, 2020

Launch of the COVID-19 Grassroots Justice Fund

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

The pandemic is a justice crisis. We are experiencing an explosion of rights violations: from prisoners subject to mass infection, to migrant workers at risk of starvation, to accelerated land grabs by opportunistic corporations. Our community of grassroots justice groups from every corner of the world is striving to meet this moment.

December 17, 2020

CSOs call for full integration of human rights in the deployment of digital ID systems

by Access Now, AfroLeadership, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, Development and Justice Initiative Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project, NYU Law School, Haki na Sheria Initiative, Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF), Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), Namati in Citizenship

Governments around the world are moving rapidly towards digital identification systems. These schemes can make public services more efficient, but they can also jeopardize the right to privacy and exacerbate systemic discrimination. Civil society organizations are playing critical roles to ensure identification initiatives reflect the lived experiences of the people most affected by these systems…

December 10, 2020

The Pandemic is a Justice Crisis

by Namati in General

Worldwide, the pandemic is exacerbating existing injustices and causing new ones. Technocratic and humanitarian responses are necessary but insufficient: we need to address the injustice itself.

Hear from Namati CEO, Vivek Maru, about how Namati and our partners around the world are offering a pathway for doing so.

November 22, 2020

Costly justice: Why communities in Sierra Leone turn to paralegals instead of local courts to resolve their justice problems

by Aisha Fofana Ibrahim, Felix Marco Conteh, Henry Mbawa, Sonkita Conteh, and Yakama Manty Jones in Community Paralegals

The Justice for All report highlights the need to create better justice journeys by empowering people and communities, providing access to people-centered justice services and ensuring fair outcomes. An estimated 70% of Sierra Leoneans depend on Local Courts for the resolution of their justice problems such as child and spousal support, property, tenancy and land…

November 22, 2020

Communities need land rights to gain from investments

by Denis Kimathi in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

In this article, Siri Lijfering speaks to Namati’s Daniel Sesay and Legal Empowerment Network member Silas Siakor of Sustainable Development Institute, on how securing land rights can pave the way for responsible investments. The author highlights how legal empowerment enables communities to stand up to exploitative investors and protect their land rights in Sierra Leone…

September 23, 2020

Paralegals, community agency and access to justice in Sierra Leone

by Felix Marco Conteh, Sonkita Conteh, Lyttleton Braima, Aisha Fofana Ibrahim, Henry Mbawa and Yakama Manty Jones in Community Paralegals, Resources & Research

This blog discusses emerging findings from a research into access to justice which confirm a long-held view that paralegals support social cohesion and help fill gaps in Sierra Leone’s justice system.

September 17, 2020

“The more we fight back, the more we learn.”

by Namati in General

Legal Empowerment Advocate Rhonda Hamilton was born and raised in the majority-Black, primarily low-income Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington DC. “Some days, it’s like living in a desert storm,” she told The Washington Post. “Our elderly residents complain about burning in their eyes and lungs; children with asthma are having more flare-ups. People start…

August 15, 2020

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course Awards

by Legal Empowerment Network in Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Each year, for the past 5 years, Namati and the Legal Empowerment Network have collaborated with partners to run the Legal Empowerment Leadership Course at the Central European University in Budapest. The aim of the one-week course is to cultivate a global cadre of leaders who are committed to legal empowerment, and who share a…

July 28, 2020

Using music to legally empower farmers in Myanmar – Daw Dae Na’s Story

by MyJustice in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

For eighteen years, U Sai Kham, a farmer in Tachileik, Eastern-Shan State, Myanmar watched as military families exploited the ancestral land that the military had illegally seized from his family. The land grab denied his family access to their sole source of income and food. The military had initially seized the land under the auspices…

July 27, 2020

What we Learned from the 2019 Legal Empowerment Network Annual Survey

by Legal Empowerment Network in Legal Empowerment Network

Each year the Legal Empowerment Network conducts a survey to take stock of where our movement is and where we need to go. The world has changed dramatically since we first disseminated the latest annual survey at the end of 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the context in which our Network members work and…