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Evaluation of Grassroots Community–Based Legal Aid Activities in Uganda and Tanzania: Strengthening Women’s Legal Knowledge and Land Rights

Julia Behrman, Lucy Billings, Amber Peterman,

Progressive legislative actions in Uganda and Tanzania have improved women’s legal rights to land, however significant gender disparities persist in access, control, inheritance, and ownership of land at the grassroots level. One promising mechanism to improve the implementation of laws is through Community–based Legal Aid (CBLA) programs, which are typically designed as pro–poor to enhance…

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…

Tracking the Ghana District Assemblies Common Fund

Charles Abbey, Vitus A. Azeem, Cuthbert Baba Kuupiel,

Over the past few decades, Ghana has received billions of dollars of overseas development assistance to support its economy and development. Currently, close to 40 percent of Ghana’s annual domestic budget comes from external sources. It is becoming imperative for civil society to be actively involved in budget formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at both…

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,…

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.

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.

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…

Le retour des jeunes enfants dans la communauté algonquine de Kitcisakik : une recherche‐action visant l’engagement de la communauté envers la santé et le bien‐être des enfants.

Marguerite Loiselle, Marie-Pierre Bousquet, Suzanne Dugré, Stéphane Grenier, Micheline Potvin,

S’installer dans une communauté pour participer avec celle‐ci à l’évaluation et à l’identification des besoins prioritaires dans le cadre du rapatriement progressif des enfants dans une école locale ne se fait pas sans provoquer des remises en question tant chez les membres de la communauté que chez l’équipe de recherche. En effet, que signifie l’école…

Evaluation of the Integrated Programme for the Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development of Ancestral Land

Conchita M. Ragragio,

The purpose of the End-of-Project Evaluation of the Integrated Programme for the Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development of Ancestral Domains (IP-EIPSDADS) is to assess the results of the project and to draw lessons from its implementation to guide similar endeavors in the future. Specifically, the objectives of the evaluation are: To determine the role collaboration played in…

Building institutions at the micro-level: Results from a field experiment in property dispute and conflict resolution

Christopher Blattman, Alexandra Hartman, Robert Blair,

To secure property rights and reduce conflict, states must build institutions of rule of law and conflict resolution. The resolution of local land, contract, and family disputes are central to keeping the peace and encouraging development. Can states and international organizations change local institutions on the margin? Can a common international intervention—centralized, elite-driven education campaigns— change behavior in high-stakes…

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…

Justice & Identity in Kibera

Posted by Paul McCann in Citizenship

Kibera, reputedly Africa’s largest informal settlement, is not an easy place to find your way around. In this story and photo gallery Namati’s partner, the Nubian Rights Forum, introduce us to the crowded lanes that are home to their community. We meet some of their clients, Kenyan Nubians struggling with a discriminatory system that makes it…

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…