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Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict

Lars Waldorf,

This resource comes from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019 Vol. 55, No. 3, 437–455. This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and, if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities. Nevertheless, there are risks that legal empowerment might contribute to a…

Exploring the links between experiences of injustice and violent conflict

Will Bennett,

Experiences of injustice increase the risk of violent behaviours. In this policy brief, the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law and Saferworld make the case for a better understanding of experiences of injustice; and, how addressing those experiences could have a significant bearing on conflict dynamics. To this end – Exploring the links between experiences…

Improving Development Aid Design and Evaluation: Plan for Sailboats, Not Trains

Rachel Kleinfeld, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,

The development field increasingly looks to sophisticated metrics to measure impact. Simultaneously, practitioners are recognizing that most development programs must engage with politics and policy. Unfortunately, the measurement techniques gaining popularity are those least able to determine how to implement political reforms. Effective reform efforts require planning for and measuring change that is nonlinear and…

Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Jordan 2017: Legal Problems in Daily Life

HiiL , Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

At the beginning of 2017 HiiL in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, conducted the Justice Needs andSatisfaction (JNS) survey in Jordan. It is our fourth such study in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, after the UAE, Tunisia and Lebanon. More than 6000 residents of Jordan told us about their…

Chapter: The Art of Good Facilitation

Namati,

A chapter from the Guide that describes why good facilitation is key to the success of community land protection efforts and provides practical tips on how to improve facilitation skills.

Building Justice and Peace From Below? Supporting Community Dispute Resolution in Asia

The Asia Foundation,

This paper analyzes how community dispute resolution interventions offer a promising alternative to typical donor statebuilding and peacebuilding interventions. Resolving local disputes in this manner is generally more accessible, legitimate, and cheaper than formal courts in many developing and conflict-affected countries. The paper provides a bird’s-eye view of the Foundation’s thinking and practice in community…

Member Spotlight: Karenni Social Development Centre

Namati,

The Karenni Social Development Centre (SDC) works to protect the environment in rural Eastern Myanmar and promote the human rights of the Karenni people – in Myanmar and in refugee camps in Thailand. It teaches students non-violent skills to help build a new society and to develop the rule of law in Myanmar. Network Spotlights…

Governance and the Post-2015 Development Framework

United Nations Development Programme,

Democratic governance has not received enough attention in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but is increasingly advocated for the post-2015 development agenda. Against this backdrop, this series of Issue Briefs have been prepared by the United Nations Development Programme as part of the Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This tool includes…

Introduction: Legal Empowerment in Transitions

Lars Waldorf,

Despite the growing attention to and burgeoning literature on legal empowerment, there has been surprisingly little focus on how it might promote greater social justice during political transitions from authoritarianism and from conflict. Such transitions can provide opportunities for challenging structural inequalities and for promoting legal mobilization. This introductory article provides an overview of legal…

El Acceso a la Justicia en América Latina: Retos y Desafíos

Helen Ahrens, Francisco Rojas Aravena, Juan Carlos Sainz Borgo,

Los diálogos, análisis y debates en torno al acceso a la justicia, desarrollados por la Universidad para la Paz en asociación con el proyecto “Derecho Internacional Regional y Acceso a la Justicia en América Latina” (Programa DIRAJus), promovido por la Agencia de Cooperación Alemana (GIZ), han posibilitado el reconocer avances y dificultades en esta materia. El resultado que…

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…