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Can Business Rights Alleviate Group-Based Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa? Understanding the Limits to Reform

Scott D. Taylor,

This resource is from The Journal of Development Studies 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3, 420 – 436. Africa’s indigenous minorities face unique constraints, particularly in terms of engaging in even the most basic business activities. They typically lack business rights, but, even where such rights have been extended, they have had scant impact on group…

El progreso de las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe 2017

ONU Mujeres,

Este informe regional afianza nuestros conocimientos acerca de los cuellos de botella, los desafíos y las oportunidades para el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe. También ofrece ejemplos de iniciativas que hacen realidad los derechos sociales y económicos de las mujeres. América Latina y el Caribe se encuentra en  una encrucijada de…

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…

Cuts That Hurt: The Impact of Legal Aid Cuts in England on Access to Justice

Amnesty International ,

The UK government has dramatically reduced access to legal aid for tens of thousands of people in civil cases. In doing so it has stripped away a vital element of support for a fair and just legal system. Those hardest hit by the cuts are some of the most disadvantaged and marginalized people in our…

Legal Empowerment of Informal Workers Formalizing Street Vending as a Tool for Poverty Reduction

Ana Maria Vargas ,

Being poor, uneducated and unemployed can be a crime in many places in the world, particularly when you decide to sell food or other products in the streets. The penalties can be as high as six months in prison in countries like Egypt, and can include the confiscation of their goods or fines that have…

Practice Guide for Environmental Justice Paralegals (Kannada)

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Introduction and Overview of the Practice Guide  Large parts of the world, irrespective of their level of economic development, are on the cusp of severe environmental crises. In these regions, the operations of extractive projects such as large-scale plantations, mining and industrial development have negated or worsened the economic, social and physical well-being of communities…

Achieving Millennium Development Goals: Partnership and Participation

Selim Jahan, United Nations Development Programme,

The paper raises key issues and challenges for creating collaborative partnerships and participation, particularly in new or restored democracies, in achieving Millennium Development Goals, exploring on the how to issues – how to develop a road map, how to ensure government and civil society organization collaboration, how to promote innovative mechanisms for collaboration.

The OPERA Framework: Assessing Compliance with the Obligation to Fulfill Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Center for Economic and Social Rights,

This paper presents a practical framework for integrating different tools and techniques in order to provide a more comprehensive assessment of how public policies comply with the obligation to fulfill economic, social, and cultural rights. the OPERA framework (so called because it triangulates outcomes, policy efforts and resources to make an overall assessment) articulates relevant…

Discovering Community Power: A Guide To Mobilizing Local Assets And Your Organization’s Capacity

John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute,

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is interested in proposals that both improve the community and strengthen the applicant organization. The authors’ experience indicates that proposals which connect with and engage a wide range of community resources are more effective than those which involve only the staff of the lead organization. This document shows how non-profit organizations are much more powerful community…

Empowering Girls Through Legal Protection Strategies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia

International Development Law Organization (IDLO),

According to a 2008 report by the Center for Global Development, girls are generally less healthy, less educated and enjoy less freedom than their male counterparts. Such disparities, which highlight the disempowerment and marginalization of girls, result from a variety of factors including cultural and social norms. Ultimately, however, they are rooted in gender discrimination,…

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…

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…