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Finding a Voice for the Voiceless: Indigenous People Gain Recognition in Bangladesh

Ayesha Dastgir, Bibhash Chakraborty, Oxfam Great Britain,

Despite the fact that the government has signed international agreements protecting their rights, the 2.2 million indigenous or adibashi peoples of Bangladesh experience structural prejudice, discrimination, and violence from the majority Bengali community. They lack power and influence at community, regional, and national levels. In response to this, Oxfam GB and its 20 partner organisations…

A New Way of Working: Community Participation in Local Budgeting in Georgia

Thea Jamaspishvili, Oxfam Great Britain,

The collapse of the Soviet Union led to difficult times for the independent state of Georgia, as it made the transition from a centralised to a market economy, and from a communist to a democratic system. People had no experience of making decisions, even at local level, or of participating actively in local government. Since…

Driving Change: Policies Favouring Poor People in Indonesia

Sharon Thangadurai, Oxfam Great Britain,

This paper shows how the ‘Driving Change’ project in Indonesia used advocacy and capacity-building to ensure that the voices of poor people, especially women, became part of government planning processes to alleviate poverty. It focuses on people’s participation at village level as a key entry point, leading to advocacy for policy change at district and…

El Salvador Mediation Project Final Report

United States Agency for International Development (USAID),

Seventeen years after the end of El Salvador’s civil war, the legacy of war continues. High levels of social and economic inequality, joblessness, and violent crime threaten the peace process initiated to stabilize post-civil war El Salvador. El Salvador remains one of the most violent countries in the Western Hemisphere with an average of 10…

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…

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…

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,…

Impact evaluation of supporting traditional leaders and local structures to mitigate community-level conflict in Zimbabwe

Kate Baldwin, Shylock Muyengwa,

This report is by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This report presents results from the follow-up survey carried out as part of an impact evaluation of the Supporting Traditional Leaders and Local Structures to Mitigate Community-level Conflict in Zimbabwe project. The evaluation is part of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human…

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…