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[Webinar] Kenya’s Huduma Namba: Risks, Responses, and the Fight for Genuine Inclusion

Digital Frontiers Institute, Namati, Nubian Rights Forum,

This webinar draws on experiences in the response to Kenya’s transition to “Huduma Namba” to establish the need to address exclusion in digital transitions, highlight policy recommendations, and inspire greater use of legal empowerment strategies towards inclusive digital identity in practice. Discrimination and other forms of exclusion are major obstacles that leave millions without proof…

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…

Módulo I: Derecho a la identidad, ciudadanía y participación democrática

Fundación Microjusticia Bolivia,

El objetivo del manual es contribuir en el empoderamiento jurídico y político de los miembros y autoridades originarias y que los mismos puedan ejercer sus derechos civiles e indígenas y participar en los procesos de toma de decisiones. Por medio de esta herramienta se proporciona a las autoridades de las comunidades información con la cual…

Governing ID: A Framework for Evaluation of Digital Identity

CIS India,

As governments implement new and foundational digital identification systems (Digital ID), or modernize existing ID programs, there is an urgent need for more research and discussion about appropriate uses of Digital ID systems. This framework provides tests, which can be used to evaluate the governance of Digital ID across jurisdictions, as well as determine whether…

Techno-Racism and Human Rights: A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism

Global Justice, Centre for Human Rights,

The Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project, based at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law, presented an event together with the Special Rapporteur on Racism about her recent report to the UN Human Rights Council on racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies.

Make the Road: Developing a Membership Model that Builds the Power of Immigrant and Working Class Communities

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

Make the Road is the largest nonunion immigrant membership organization in New York, in the United States. This case study explores Make the Road’s experiments with innovative financing. To support this work, the team at Make the Road has developed a robust and diversified funding model. In 2019, the vast majority of the organization’s overall…

Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

Sustainable Development Goal 16.9: ‘Legal Identity’ Nationality and Statelessness

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion,

This booklet introduces key concepts that can be adopted by Legal identity practitioners to protect vulnerable and marginalized groups. It also explains flawed identity processes can cause and/ or perpetuate statelessness. Finally, it presents some strategies to help ensure statelessness is effectively addressed through inclusive and human rights based development policies on legal identity If…

From Syria to Europe: Experience of Stateless Kurds and Palestinian Refugees from Syria Seeking Protection in Europe

Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion, European Network on Statelessness, Steunpunt Vluchtelingen (ASKV),

Statelessness is an overlooked and often invisible feature of the forced migration context in Europe. Increasingly, however, actors involved in the refugee response are discovering that some of the men, women and children they work with face nationality problems. Between 2015 and 2017, EU Member States received a total of over 95,000 asylum applications by…

Identity Documents, Welfare Enhancement, and Group Empowerment in the Global South

Wendy Hunter,

This resource is from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3, 366–383. Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country. Despite a birth certificate’s importance, many children in the developing world…

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Posted by Denis Kimathi in Citizenship, Namati News

Over 5 million Kenyans from various minority groups have to go through discriminatory processes to get ID cards. This essay in WIRED is on how a marginalized community equipped with the power of law fought back against an exclusionary digital identity system in Kenya and won. The case was not unique; judiciaries of other nations…

PRESS RELEASE: Huduma Namba Stopped!

Posted by Denis Kimathi in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship

[This press statement was released by Namati partners and civil society organisations in Kenya ] The government of Kenya introduced the National Integrated Identity Management System, NIIMS, which came to be popularly known as Huduma Namba in January 2019. NIIMS was to put in place a new centralized and digital population register as a “single…

Stopping the Digital ID Register in Kenya – A Stand Against Discrimination

Posted by Mustafa Mahmoud in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship, Namati News

On April 1, the High Court of Kenya heard arguments challenging the legality of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba, and demands to delay the rollout of the controversial system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners at Nubian Rights Forum and Haki…

Botul’s Story

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Namati News

Amazing things can happen when communities and paralegals take on big challenges together. Take the story of Botul Juma Kisaka, a mother of four and member of Kenya’s Nubian community. These Muslim-majority ethnic and tribal groups have faced generations of discrimination that have denied them access to their basic rights. As a result, Botul couldn’t…

Nationality Rights of the Nubian Child – Namati and Partners Submit a Policy Brief to ACERWC

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship

On March 22, 2011, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) found Kenya to be in violation of the African Children’s Rights Charter. The case and verdict were based on the discriminatory rules and practices applied to Nubian children that denied them formal recognition of their Kenyan nationality. Without…

Justice & Identity in Kibera

Posted by Paul McCann in Citizenship

Kibera, reputedly Africa’s largest informal settlement, is not an easy place to find your way around. In this story and photo gallery Namati’s partner, the Nubian Rights Forum, introduce us to the crowded lanes that are home to their community. We meet some of their clients, Kenyan Nubians struggling with a discriminatory system that makes it…

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow his business, Mohammad decided to travel to India to start importing spare auto-rickshaw parts for his own repairs and to sell to others. Yet Mohammad was unsure of the process through which he could obtain…

Justice in the SDGs for Nepal’s Women and Dalits

Posted by Namati in Post-2015 Agenda

The Kathmandu Post is running an OpEd by Som Niroula and Neetu Pokharel, of the Alliance for Social Dialogue in Nepal, that argues for the inclusion of justice targets in the new development goals. This, they argue, is the best way  of ensuring enforcement of Nepal’s obligations to women and those who suffer caste discrimination. “A large number of Nepali…

OpEd: A Citizenship Sea-Change in Bangladesh

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Citizenship

The Daily Star in Bangladesh printed an OpEd by Namati’s friend Bremen Donovan to coincide with a conference on Statelessness attended by Namati and its partner the Council of Minorities. It is one of the first times the wider Bengali public have been exposed to the work of paralegals from the Urdu-speaking community. The OpED…

The Paralegal Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, making the case for the paralegal approach for Tilburg University, ahead of her appearance at the Tilburg/UNHCR Global Forum on Statelessness in The Hague on Sep 15-17. Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow…