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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…

In India, Women Are Using Their Phones To Tackle Inequality

Sutirtha Sahariah,

This article profiles one of Nazdeek’s paralegals, Pooja, who has been working to improve access to health and nutrition in Bhim Nagar, New Delhi through the SMS  project. The project trains women who live in slums to become paralegals, so they can represent others who are being denied their rights. 

Do More Empowered Citizens Make More Accountable States? Power and Legitimacy in Legal Empowerment Initiatives in Kenya and South Africa

Francesca Feruglio, Institute of Development Studies,

Marginalised groups and individuals often face difficulties in accessing essential services such as housing, health care and water – despite the existence of national and international laws that require states to guarantee equal access to basic services. Civil society organisations and lawyers in several countries are using legal frameworks to hold states accountable for their…

Accountability Resource Guide: Tools for Redressing Human Rights & Environmental Abuses in International Finance and Development

Accountability Counsel,

The purpose of this Guide is to provide information for people who are, or who may be, harmed by projects sponsored by: • international financial institutions (such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC)), • export promotion agencies and national development banks (such as the U.S. Government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the…

Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Indonesia (Bahasa)

Open Society Foundation, Tifa Foundation, Migrant Worker Access to Justice Project,

Each year, around half a million Indonesians travel abroad to work, half of those to the Middle East. Many are women who suffer abuse and exploitation when they work abroad but have virtually no access to recourse within their host country’s legal system. The vulnerability of migrant workers abroad makes it crucial for them to…

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 Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources, 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…