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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,…

Equitable Access to Basic Services: Who will Guarantee It?

Degol Hailu, International Poverty Centre,

This information sheet by the International Poverty Centre discusses the regulatory environments necessary for the provision of essential services, such as water and electricity. Current practice in utility provision involves the following: Governments retain ownership and pay for capital investments, while privatizing the operations and management of the companies. This tool analyzes whether this modality…

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…

Promoting Women’s Financial Inclusion: A Toolkit

UKaid, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH,

Financial inclusion benefits individuals and households, and well-functioning financial systems benefit whole countries. However, access to financial services is highly unequal, with poor people – and particularly poor women – frequently the least served by existing institutions and systems. There is ample evidence of how financial inclusion projects of different types can, if properly designed…

Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development: Guidelines for Practitioners

Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, Erin Markel,

Why do economies do better when women do better? In every part of the world, women are paid less for their work and see fewer benefits of their labour. Discrimination and extra household responsibilities reduce their access to decent work, capital and time needed to improve their businesses relative to men. In short, women are…

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…