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Initiatives on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

UNDP,

As part of UNDP’s Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor launched in 2007, this booklet illustrates case studies from legal empowerment projects in six countries: Pakistan, Zambia, Albania, Indonesia, Egypt, and India. These case studies highlight issues such as rent seeking by corrupt officials, employment conditions in the informal economy, and access to legal…

Changeroo: A Strategic Management Approach to Societal Value Creation

Changeroo ,

Changeroo assists organisations, programs and projects with a social mission to develop and manage high-quality Theories of Change. It allows you to together with stakeholders co-create Theories of Change, and to present these in an interactive and engaging way. Changeroo forms the basis for social organisations for impact management, strategic learning, communication, stakeholder engagement, and monitoring…

Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Kenya

HiiL Innovating Justice ,

In cooperation with the Kenyan judiciary  in 2017, HiiL Innovating Justice conducted a nationwide Justice Needs and Satisfaction survey in Kenya. The main objective of this study is to map out the demand and supply of justice services as the Kenyan people experience them. Using a bottom-up approach, we asked 6005 randomly selected individuals across…

Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices

Janet Pritchard, Feja Lesniewska, Tom Lomax, Saskia Ozinga, Cynthia More,

This guide, produced by FERN, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), ClientEarth and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), explains key aspects of law and land rights that are important for securing community ownership and control of land and resources – also referred to as secure land and resource tenure. It explains how to identify and…

Global-Regulation

Dr. Sean Goltz, Addison Cameron-Huff,

Global-Regulation is a search engine that contains the world laws from 90 countries in English.

IBA Community Toolkit: Negotiation and Implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements

 Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation , Ginger Gibson, Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh,

Contractual agreements between mining companies and Aboriginal communities now play a critical role in shaping the terms on which minerals will be extracted from Aboriginal lands in Canada. The capacity to negotiate and implement such agreements is critical to ensuring that resource extraction generates substantial benefi ts for Aboriginal communities, and that the negative impacts…

Social Audit: A Toolkit A Guide for Performance Improvement and Outcome Measurement

Centre for Good Governance,

The social audit toolkit provides practical guidance and insights to its users working in government departments, community organisations and civil society groups for using social audit as a tool to identify, measure, assess and report on the social performance of their organisations. This toolkit has been designed keeping in view the needs of non-specialists interested…

Listen, Think and Act: Radio Broadcasting to Promote Farmers’ Participation in Mali’s Land Policy

Mamadou Goïta, Mohamed Coulibaly,

The vast majority of agricultural production in Mali is carried out by smallholder farmers, who are often unaware of the laws and policies that govern access to the land and resources they rely on to secure their livelihoods. This means they can lose out as access to resources is secured by large-scale agribusinesses or investors….

SMS for Justice: Women Demand Access to Vital Services in Delhi

Nazdeek, ICAAD,

To address gaps in the delivery of basic services related to women’s health, adequate housing, food and nutrition, and water and sanitation across slums in Delhi, Nazdeek and ICAAD have developed and implemented “SMS for Justice,” a project that combines legal education and community-reporting through technology. To ensure access to these key health determinants, the…

Accountability in the Delivery of Maternal and Infant Health Services: Nazdeek’s Approach to Fight Maternal and Infant Mortality

Francesca Feruglio,

This is an article written by one of Nazdeek’s co-founders on the mobile reporting project launched in Assam, India. Nazdeek is a legal empowerment organisation based in Delhi, India. Nazdeek works with communities in Delhi and Assam (north-east India) to demand accountability in the delivery of essential services, including maternal health care, housing and food. The…

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

Handbook on Legal and Administrative Remedies for Community Level Environment Justice Practitioners in India   The Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program has produced an indispensable new handbook that helps environment justice practitioners in India to identify and use appropriate legal clauses and institutional routes in their work. Environment justice practitioners, or grassroots environment paralegals,…

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

Posted by Vivek Trivedi in General

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

Online Database of Land-based Investment Contracts Invites Innovative Proposals

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities

OpenLandContracts.org aims to promote greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitate a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provide useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders. Initially launched in October 2015, the repository provides the full text of contracts, as well as plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human…

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Land & Natural Resources, Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has launched a groundbreaking new tool for lawyers and advocates working to protect community rights to land and natural resources: the Community Land Rights CaseBase. More and more lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet they often struggle to find supportive legal precedent – within their own country or…