We rigorously track data on every case our paralegals handle, and every community they support. The data provides a powerful map of how laws are playing out in practice. It is often information that no one else has. We analyze this information to identify potential improvements to laws, policies and institutions. We then work with our coalitions of allies to advocate for these changes.
We seek channels for frontline advocates and clients to be involved in the process of advocating for large-scale change. Once positive policy changes are adopted, grassroots advocates can work with communities to bring governments’ commitments to life.
This takes two broad, but interlinked approaches; nationally focused advocacy and globally focused advocacy.
Namati and a coalition of groups successfully advocated for a legal aid law that recognizes the role community paralegals play and calls for a paralegal in every chiefdom. Read our analysis here
Using data from our paralegals that showed ongoing discrimination, we persuaded the Home Ministry to send instructions to its officers clarifying that Biharis are entitled to passports. Explore our Citizenship program here
Despite national courts finding the Kenyan government was discriminating against Nubian children, there have still seen no meaningful progress after three years. Namati, the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Nubian Rights Forum produced this briefing, drawing on data generated from a community-based paralegal assistance program, identifying precisely how the government of Kenya continues to fall short in recognizing Kenyan nationality for Nubian children on a non-discriminatory basis.
The country’s first national land policy embraces a model for recognizing customary rights that Namati and our partner Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) piloted in Rivercess County. SDI and we have signed an MOU with the Land Commission to deploy grassroots legal advocates to engage in community land protection nationwide. Read the evidence from the pilot here
We work with the legal empowerment network towards a better policy environment for the field as a whole.
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When we come together, our community can achieve amazing things. In 2015, we fought for—and won—a goal for access to justice in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Now we are urging governments to follow through.
Around the world, grassroots justice defenders are bringing down barriers that prevent people and communities from accessing justice. But their work remains chronically underfunded and the defenders themselves are increasingly at risk. While aid funding for justice has decreased by 40% in the past 4 years, attacks on defenders have gone up. In 2018 alone, Front Line Defenders documented the murder of 321 defenders in 27 countries—the highest number on record.
On World Social Justice Day 2018, our community launched a global campaign calling on world leaders to fund and protect grassroots justice defenders. Only then we will be able to tip the scales towards equal access to #JusticeForAll.
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