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Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community Advocates

Inclusive Development International ,

Over the last 10 years, China has become one of the most important investors in the world. In 2015, official outbound investment flows from China reached a record high of almost US$146 billion, second only to the United States.This investment is reaching all corners of the globe, with Chinese companies and financial institutions active in…

Manual de Seguridad Social para trabajadores agricolas y sus familiares (2015)

Profesionales para la Auditoria Social y Empresarial (PASE),

Este material educativo de enseñanza popular recopila un amplio resumen de la Ley de Seguridad Social en Nicaragua y su Reglamento de aplicación. Este documento intenta sintetizar de manera practica y sencilla la información básica e importante que necesitan conocer las personas aseguradas y pensionadas para acceder a los derechos y beneficios que establece el…

La Situacion del Seguro Social en el Occidente de Nicaragua (2016)

Profesionales para la Auditoria Social y Empresarial (PASE),

Es el primer Boletín Informativo (2016) de la Oficina de Servicios Legales de PASE que describe los hallazgos que ha identificado nuestro equipo de trabajo, en los casos de ex trabajadores azucareros y sus familiares, cuando se les ha brindado asesorías legales y acompañamiento a las Instituciones del Estado; Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS)…

Civil Justice System in New South Wales

New South Wales Government Department of Justice,

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation published by the Government of New South Wales’ Department of Justice that contains statistics about the New South Wales criminal justice system.

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…

Access to Justice in Cambodia

UNDP,

This report presents the main findings of the assessment of a Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF) project on Access to Justice in Cambodia, published as part of the DGTTF Lessons Learned Series. The project supported by the DGTTF targeted informal justice systems, specifically Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, to bring justice to the people. Failure to…

Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues

Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,

This Kit focuses on development and indigenous peoples, with emphasis on their full and effective participation in all development processes and the need for a genuine partnership in—and ownership with them—of these processes . More specifically, it is designed to provide UNCTs (United Nations Country Teams) with guidance as to how to engage indigenous peoples and include their perspectives…

Reconfiguring Investment Contracts to Promote Sustainable Development

Lorenzo Cotula, Kyla Tienhaara,

This article focuses on investments in lower and middle-income countries and aims to develop a conceptual framework for discussing contracts from a sustainable development perspective, and provides pointers for changes in contractual practice to maximize the pursuit of sustainable development goals like poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

A Guide to Personal Security for Human Rights Defenders: Facilitators’ Edition

Bridges Across Borders Cambodia,

Across the world, human rights defenders routinely face intimidation, threats, false prosecution and deprivation of liberty, and, in some cases, violent attack or even murder. Powerful actors routinely use these strategies to break movements and spread fear amongst activists. The work of human rights defenders is vital, and it is because of this work that…

A Guide to Personal Security for Human Rights Defenders: Participants’ Edition

Bridges Across Borders Cambodia ,

Across the world, human rights defenders routinely face intimidation, threats, false prosecution and deprivation of liberty, and, in some cases, violent attack or even murder. Powerful actors routinely use these strategies to break movements and spread fear amongst activists. The work of human rights defenders is vital, and it is because of this work that…

Myanmar’s Foray into Deliberative Democracy: Citizen Participation in Resolving Historical Land Grabs

Posted by Namati in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Namati and a coalition of non-governmental representatives have published a policy brief on the committees tasked with overseeing the investigations of Myanmar’s historical land grab cases. It is hoped the brief will help strengthen the implementation of the committees, making them more responsive to the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens trying to secure their land…

How One Experience in Bangladesh Advanced Women’s Rights Work in Myanmar

Posted by Nant Thi Thi Oo in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Women

The following is a blog by Nant Thi Thi Oo, a data entry associate with Namati’s program in Myanmar.    In November 2015, I had the chance to participate in a learning exchange hosted by Namati and the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA). I was very grateful to be selected to go. The exchange focused…

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

Posted by Namati in Environment

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,…

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

Posted by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Governance, Post-2015 Agenda

This article was originally published in the Norwegian news outlet, Aftenposten, on August 12, 2016. The Norwegian version can be read here.    Since World War II many countries have come to respect fundamental liberties, at least by the letter of the law. But for billions of people around the world those laws aren’t worth…

Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

Posted by Jennifer Duncan and Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Governance, Land & Natural Resources

This article was originally published by Thompson Reuters Foundation.   The government of Liberia has an unprecedented opportunity to pass progressive land reform legislation that could positively impact millions of people, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. If Liberia’s legislature doesn’t vote to adopt the draft Land Rights Act before it goes on recess…

Four Ways Regional Bodies Can Help Deliver SDG Justice Commitments

Posted by Temitayo O. Peters, Global Legal Advocacy Fellow, Namati in Post-2015 Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) differ from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in many ways. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs universally apply to all countries, and are holistic and integrated. Moreover, their delivery is to be achieved by governments, civil society, and the private sector working together to achieve their success. The SDGs also recognize…

India’s National Green Tribunal Sets an Important Precedent

Posted by Krithika Dinesh, Manju Menon, and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

A Casual Approach  By taking on board the concerns of a fishing community in Hazira, India, regarding the construction of a port, the National Green Tribunal has set an important precedent. I n 2013, a fishermen’s group in Hazira—the Hazira Machimar Samiti—and three affected fishermen had filed a petition against the Adanis, the project proponent…

Namati contributes to FAO Technical Guide on legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

The latest technical guide on the responsible governance of tenure from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the legal dimensions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests at the national level. Rachael Knight, Director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, was one of the main authors…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, 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…

Videos on Community Land Protection

Posted by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…

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