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Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

Community Empowerment and Participation in Maternal Health in Kamwenge District, Uganda

Aaron Muhinda, Joyce Mugarura, Abrahams Mutumba Zahura,

The status of maternal health in Uganda has remained poor despite the country’s relatively fast economic growth of the past 20 years. The proportion of women delivering in health units remains low and there is a gap between the numbers attending antenatal services and those delivering in health services. In Kamwenge District, where as in…

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…

Hybrid Forms Of Accountability: Citizen Engagement in Institutions of Public-Sector Oversight in India

Anne Marie Goetz, Rob Jenkins,

The public sector institutions which are responsible for monitoring government performance are not normally open to citizen participation. Yet there is widespread dissatisfaction with the capacities of states to exercise self restraining functions effectively, and a growing interest among citizens to inform, monitor, or participate directly in the workings of these oversight institutions. This paper…

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…

South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign: Combining Law and Social Mobilization to Realize the Right to Health

Mark Heywood,

This resource is from the Journal of Human Rights Practice, Volume 1, Number 1, March 2009. Abstract: This article summarizes the experience and results of a campaign for access to medicines for HIV in South Africa, led by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) between 1998 and 2008. It illustrates how the TAC mobilized people to campaign…

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,…

Protecting Community Lands & Resources in Africa: Grassroots Advocates’ Strategies & Lessons

Stephanie Booker, Rachael Knight, Marena Brinkhurst,

This book is a collection of case studies and analysis written by practitioners, for practitioners. Together, they share a variety of ingenious, creative, and practical strategies for proactively confronting the forces that undermine community land and natural resource tenure security in Africa.

Gender Based Violence: Legal Protection and Advocacy

Oxfam GB,

This is the Final Report of the project entitled “Violence Against Women: Legal Protection and Advocacy” funded by UNFPA. The report summarizes the overall progress throughout the project duration (May 2008 – 31st August 2009) with more emphasis on the reporting period from 1st May 2009 to August 31st 2009. The report reviews the progress made towards the…

Project Effectiveness Reviews: Raising Her Voice Campaign: Liberia 2011-12

Gwendolyn Heaner,

“Raising Poor and Marginalised Women Voices in Liberia‟ is a project that was developed as a part of the global project “Raising Her Voice (RHV)‟. This 17-country project aims at promoting rights and developing the capacity of grassroots women to engage effectively in governance. Much of the programming was oriented around grassroots advocacy through workshops and production of…

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…

‘I just need my freedom’

Posted by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals, Gender

This moving documentary by IRIN follows the work of Marvel and Victoria, two paralegals working for Namati’s partner AdvocAid in Sierra Leone. It illustrates the harsh reality of life for many women in Sierra Leone who come into contact with the police and the prison system. Marvel and Victoria bring hope to those suffering arbitrary…

Using paralegals to fight forced early marriage in Sierra Leone

Posted by Daniel Sesay in Community Paralegals

Early and forced marriage continues to be a widespread and serious problem in post-war Sierra Leone, especially in rural areas. It has become a common practice that abuses the rights of children and girls. Early marriage, also known as child marriage, is the marriage of someone before the age of 18 years. Such marriages are…