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Rule of Law and COVID-19 Policy Brief

International Development Law Organization (IDLO),

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of the world. The effectiveness of government measures to contain the virus and Build Back Better depends upon the capacity of public institutions and their leadership to provide transparent, effective, and accountable actions, in adherence with the rule of law. With its emphasis on rule of law as…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 4: Middle East and North Africa

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the law and policy environment for civic space in select countries in the Middle East and North Africa as of July 2019. It conducts a comprehensive review of the legal environment in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Morocco. It then provides shorter summaries of the key civic space issues in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia,…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 3: Latin America

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the legal environment for civic space in nine countries in Latin America as of November 2019, with a focus on identifying laws and policies that represent the most serious threats to civic space. The focus countries are: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. This Report is…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 2: Europe and Central Asia Region

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the legal environment for civic space in nine countries in the Europe and Central Asian region as of August 2019, with an emphasis on identifying laws and policies which represent serious threats to the ability of civil society organisations to operate freely. The nine countries are: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary,…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 1: Asia Pacific Region

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviewed the legal environment for civic space in 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region as of February 2019, with an emphasis on identifying laws and policies which represent serious threats to the ability of civil society organisations to operate freely, namely: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 5: Sub-Saharan Africa

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the law and policy environment for civic space in 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It focuses on identifying laws and policies that represent more serious threats to civic space…

Espacios democráticos en tiempo de pandemia: Desafíos y respuestas

Jessica Corredor Villamil,

En este texto se analizan los efectos de las medidas tomadas por los gobiernos para contener la pandemia del coronavirus en los espacios democráticos. En la primera parte se hace un recuento de las afectaciones más graves al espacio cívico por causa de las diferentes respuestas que han tenido los gobiernos, con un enfoque especial…

Gestión de planes de acción locales de gobierno abierto: herramientas para la cocreación, el seguimiento y la evaluación

Alejandra Naser, Verona Fideleff, Joaquín Tognoli,

El presente documento está dirigido a actores de todos los sectores (gobierno, sociedad civil organizada, academia, sector privado) comprometidos con el desarrollo sostenible en la región de América Latina y el Caribe, y particularmente interesados en promover la transparencia, el acceso a la información, la participación ciudadana y la colaboración multisectorial en la gestión de…

Guía para el análisis presupuestario de políticas contra la violencia de género en Argentina

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ),

Este manual busca ofrecer herramientas para analizar el presupuesto de las diferentes jurisdicciones en Argentina, la información básica sobre el análisis del gasto público con perspectiva de género y de derechos, y una serie de estrategias y herramientas implementadas en algunos niveles de gobierno por un equipo de investigadoras del Banco Mundial, para visibilizar aquellas…

Privacy Law Library

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG)

The Privacy Law Library is a comprehensive database that tracks privacy jurisprudence globally in order to help researchers and other interested stakeholders learn more about privacy regulation and case law. The database is designed to be useful for multiple stakeholders, including, lawyers, policy makers, judicial officers and industry representatives. As data collection and processing activities…

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

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

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 Gender, Legal Empowerment Network

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 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,…

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

Posted by Vivek Maru in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, 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 Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, 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 Advocacy & Systemic Change, 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 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…

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…