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Improving Child Welfare through a Children’s Ombudsman

Richard S Bearup, Vincent J Palusci,

Objective: This report examines the changes in a child welfare system created by establishing an ombudsman’s office to investigate complaints regarding children in the foster care, adoption, and child protection systems. Method: Serving as a complaint office, the Michigan Office of Children’s Ombudsman investigated 443 cases involving 820 children during its first 18 months of…

Establishment of Community-Based Paralegals in Moldova

Nadejda Hriptievschi, Soros Foundation-Moldova, Human Rights and Governance Grants Program, Open Society Foundations, Budapest, Swedish Government,

The paper analyses the role of community-based paralegals in Moldova based on experiences of a 2-year project that supported paralegals in 30 communities of Moldova, the relevant legal provisions regarding paralegals and the findings of a national study on legal needs in Moldova. The paper advocates for further support of community-based paralegals in Moldova and…

Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of Victims of Domestic Violence through Legal Organizations in the City of Buenos Aires A Qualitative Empirical Legal Study

Julieta Marotta,

Members of society approach the judicial system when facing problems. Connections between the judicial system and the members of society should flow smoothly under ideal conditions, yet that is not always the case. This lack of flow generates unequal access to the courts and to the use of rights, especially for vulnerable groups. Reforms are…

We Can Bangladesh Effectiveness Review Full Technical Report

Oxfam Great Britain,

The We Can Campaign seeks to change deeply ingrained attitudes and practices that endorse gender discrimination and violence. It was initially launched in 2004 in six South Asian countries and has since been replicated in several African and Middle Eastern countries.This specific project was set up to provide the We Can Campaign Secretariat in Bangladesh…

Pillars of the Community: How Trained Volunteers Defend Land Rights in Tanzania

Godfrey Massay,

Training volunteers to help their communities defend their land rights has proved an effective approach for promoting land justice in Tanzania. This report documents the work of a network of ‘Land Rights Monitors’ (LRMs) established and trained by Hakiardhi, a Dar-es-Salaam-based research institute working on land governance issues. Hakiardhi has trained a 600-strong network of…

Results of Early Open Government Partnership Initiatives

Open Government Partnership,

Since its start in 2011, Open Government Partnership (OGP) has launched seven very different reforms in different regions and covering a broad range of open government topics. This case study contains brief summaries of the results for those seven initiatives: empowering indigenous populations in Costa Rica, monitoring public spending in Italy, collecting data on air quality…

Transforming Policy into Justice: The Role of Health Advocates in Mozambique

Ellie Feinglass, Nadja Gomes, Vivek Maru,

Despite expanding policy commitments in many poor countries, health care is often a failure at the point of delivery. Lack of information, poor enforcement, and power dynamics prevent those whose rights have been violated from pursuing redress. In Mozambique, grassroots health advocates work to address this gap between policy and reality by blending approaches known…

Webinar Video: Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide Overview

Rachael Knight,

This video is a recording of a webinar outlining the five-part approach to protecting community land, as detailed in the Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide. The webinar was delivered by Rachael Knight, the director of Namati’s community land protection program and one of the guide’s main authors. The Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for…

Building resilient mechanisms for inclusive and accountable local land governance

Marena Brinkhurst (Namati), Jaron Vogelsang (Namati), Ali Kaba (SDI), Amira Kheir (International Land Coalition Secretariat),

In 2013, Duah village in Liberia faced a serious challenge. Private company Lion Growth Ltd. was interested in the acquisition of Duah customary land. Duah’s local leaders struck a deal with the company without consulting the community. As a result, Duah community mobilised and rallied around their new mechanisms for inclusive, participatory land governance and,…

Traditional Justice and Gender Based Violence in Timor-Leste

Aisling Swaine,

This study was initiated by The International Rescue Committee (IRC, theirc.org) who had been working in the area of Gender Based Violence in Timor Leste for over two years. The principal aim of this study was to gather information regarding local justice systems in Timor-Leste and how these systems treat cases of gender based violence,…

Saving Sangam from Mining

Posted by Vijay Rathod in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

The following post originally appeared on India Water Portal. There was illegal mining in the Triveni Sangam and I could not believe my eyes. Who could do something like this? The sangam, or confluence of rivers, in the Gujarat district of India, has a special place in my mind as I had grown up visiting…

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

Handbook on Legal and Administrative Remedies for Community Level Environment Justice Practitioners in India   The Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program has produced an indispensable new handbook that helps environment justice practitioners in India to identify and use appropriate legal clauses and institutional routes in their work. Environment justice practitioners, or grassroots environment paralegals,…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…