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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…

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…

Participatory Budgeting in Fissel, Senegal

Bara Guèye,

This chapter presents a case study on participatory budgeting as a tool to promote inclusive and transparent mechanisms of local governance. The initiative took place in the communauté rurale (rural commune) of Fissel, one of the first rural communes in Senegal to be decentralized in 1972. Fissel also benefits from many years of active community life,…

Gender-Sensitive and Child-Friendly Budgeting in Zimbabwe

Bob Libert Muchabaiwa,

NANGO is the umbrella body of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Zimbabwe. Over the years, it has become the premier coordination body of more than 1,000 local and international NGOs. Its mission is to create space and identify opportunities for NGOs to pursue their missions and visions and to facilitate the building of members’ capacities,…

Report on Indigenous Women and the Lapsset Corridor in Laikipia and Isiolo Counties

Samburu Women Trust, Dr. Sena Kanyinke,

Indigenous Peoples have diverse, often negative experiences with mega-infrastructure projects. For Indigenous Peoples in Laikipia and Isiolo counties, the Lamu-Port-South Sudan-EthiopiaTransport (LAPSSET) Corridor program is one such mega project that may portend good or bad for them. The LAPSSET corridor program is a flagship infrastructure project under Kenya’s Vision 2030. As conceived, the LAPSSET program…

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…

Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide

Rachael Knight, Marena Brinkhurst, Jaron Vogelsang, and Namati's Community Land Protection partner organizations,

Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their land rights.

Filling the Legal Void? Experimental Evidence from a Community-Based Legal Aid Program for Gender-Equal Land Rights in Tanzania

Valerie Mueller, Lucy Billings, Tewodaj Mogues, Amber Peterman, Ayala Wineman,

Abstract: Gender disparities continue to exist in women’s control, inheritance, and ownership of land in spite of legislation directing improvements in women’s land access. Women are often excluded from traditional patrilineal inheritance systems, often lack the legal know-how or enforcement mechanisms to ensure their property rights are maintained, and often lack initial capital or asset…

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.

Indonesian Participatory Budgeting Efforts

Joe Fernandez,

Five years after the financial crisis and three years into decentralization, participatory budgeting concept remains unclear in the practice of public finance transformation on macroeconomic stability, actual spending and the management of public resources. This concept is mostly assumed as an integral part of an Initiative for Public Engagement in Budgeting Process which has been recognized in 2000 in…

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…

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…