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The Challenge of Protecting Community Land Rights: An Investigation into Community Responses to Requests for Land and Resources (Executive Summary)

Namati,

From 2009 until 2015, Namati and its partners Centro Terra Viva (CTV) in Mozambique, Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in Liberia supported more than 100 communities to document and protect their customary land rights. In late 2017, Namati evaluated the impacts the process had on communities’ responses to…

The Challenge of Protecting Community Land Rights: An Investigation into Community Responses to Requests for Land and Resources (Full Report)

Namati,

From 2009 until 2015, Namati and its partners Centro Terra Viva (CTV) in Mozambique, Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in Liberia supported more than 100 communities to document and protect their customary land rights. In late 2017, Namati evaluated the impacts the process had on communities’ responses to…

Randomized Evaluation in Legal Assistance: What Difference Does Representation (Offer and Actual Use) Make?

D. James Greiner, Cassandra Wolos Pattanayak,

Particularly with respect to low-income clients in civil cases, how much of a difference does legal representation make? In 2007, we initiated discussions with various legal services providers to generate interest in a series of randomized trials that we hoped would provide gold-standard answers to the question of how much of a difference both an offer…

Land Administration Challenges in the Post-Conflict South Sudan: The Experience of the USAID South Sudan Rural Land Governance Project (2011-2014)

Nelson Marongwe,

South Sudan is a country coming from a conflict, having attained political independence as recently as July 2011. The protracted civil war that lasted for more than twenty years created malfunctioning land administration systems. Thus, decades of civil war destroyed many of South Sudan‟s essential institutions of governance, and not least the customary and statutory…

Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya: A Strategy for Strengthening Women’s Land Rights

Deborah Espinosa, Florence Santos,

Kenya’s new Constitution guarantees all Kenyans the right to access justice, recognizes customary justice institutions to the extent they do not violate the Constitution, and prohibits gender discrimination in land matters. These provisions form the basis for the USAID-supported Kenya Justice Project, which piloted a model for improving women’s access to customary justice as a…

The Community Scorecard Approach for Performance Assessment: A WaterAid Ghana Briefing Paper

Emmanuel Addai, WaterAid Ghana,

ProNet North is one of WaterAid’s implementing Partner NGOs based in Wa in the Upper West Region. The organisation participated in and managed the Upper West pilot project on the Community Score Card M&E approach in July 2004 and would like to share some lessons with other partners in the water and sanitation sector. The…

Citizen Initiative for Freedom of Information in Guatemala Citizen Action

Edgar Alfredo Pape -Yalibat,

Fifteen Guatemalan civil society organizations joined together to form a Citizens’ Observatory. Its purpose is to initiate processes and activities that strengthen the democratic capacity to exercise the right to freedom of access to government information and to hold public officials accountable for their administrative actions. Structurally, the Observatory is a voluntary, multistakeholder council that…

Citizen Control of Public Action: The Social Watch Network in Benin

Cyrille Chabi Eteka, Anne Floquet,

In the 1990s, the democratization of Benin’s public institutions, together with government withdrawal from the production of many social goods, promoted the emergence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Initially, NGOs and CBOs were meant to take over the provision of public services. Gradually, they would also defend the interests of their members…

The Relationship between Ombudsman, Government, and Citizens: A Survey Analysis

Steven Van Roosbroek, Steven Van de Walle,

Since the 1960s, ombudsmanship has become increasingly popular. Although there is a great deal of literature on ombudsmen, existing research rarely focuses on the people who actually use the ombudsman’s services. This article examines those who seek the help of ombudsmen in Belgium, and asks whether ombudsmen’s intervention has a noticeable effect on citizens’ confidence…

The Impact of Legal Empowerment on Selected Aspects of Knowledge, Poverty, and Governance in Bangladesh: A Study of Three NGOS

Asian Development Bank (Golub/McQuay),

This paper presents the results of survey research conducted in Bangladesh during the period November 2000 through January 2001, as a supplement to the seven-country Legal Empowerment Study undertaken under Asian Development Bank Regional Technical Assistance 5856. The research examined the impact of legal empowerment, which is the use of law to increase disadvantaged populations’…

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