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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…

Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs

TAP Network,

Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs is a toolkit is for civil society, activists, and policy practitioners who are working to promote legal empowerment and access to justice. From now until 2030, governments will be working to achieve the SDGs and Goal 16’s promise to provide “access to justice for all”. The SDGs provide a tactically…

The Infocon Mousebook: Transnational Communities and Conflicts | Challenges and How to Address Them

Liridon Shurdhani,

The idea of this “Mousebook” — a handbook mainly disseminated on-line — grew out of the Infocon project, which, over the course of three years (2008–2011), brought together researchers and civil society organizations representing transnational communities settled in four European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels and London). While research on diasporas and transnational communities has been…

Community Peacebuilding in Afghanistan – The Case for a National Strategy

Matt Waldman, Oxfam International,

The nature, causes, and effects of insecurity in Afghanistan vary widely, and there is a corresponding variation in the most effective means by which insecurity can be addressed. Often a range of steps are required in different degrees, such as to strengthen the rule of law, build professional security forces, reduce poverty, or improve governance….

Member Spotlight: Accountability Lab


The Accountability Lab partners with civil society organizations in the developing world to build sustainable tools for new and innovative approaches to bolster accountability. The organization works to generate cost-effective relationships based on trust and cooperation rather than co-optation and dependency. In Liberia it is supporting a community justice program. Network Spotlights are short profile…

Accountability Lab Case Study

Paul McCann,

The Accountability Lab, in partnership with community-based organizations in two of the poorest, most densely populated and excluded townships in Monrovia, has developed community justice teams (CJTs). These CJTs provide non-binding dispute resolution for civil cases. This builds trust, underpins justice and saves both aggrieved parties and their accused time and money. This case study,…

Capacity Development in a Post-Conflict Context: The Case of Liberia

Cleophas Torori, Lisa Reinarz,

This case study evaluates the capacity development efforts in Liberia as of 2010. As Liberia consolidates its transition from conflict to peace, stability, and development, there are opportunities to develop and bring about effective leadership and change management capacities especially in the public sector. The case study concludes that capacity development in a post conflict context…

Lessons from the Field: Responses to Encroachment

Priscilla Aling, Jeremy Akin, Judy Adoko, David Arach, Phinehas Kyotasobora, Hilda Makmot, Robert Ojok, Robinson Odur,

Community land protection efforts must often confront cases of encroachment, where individuals have claimed part of community land as their own private property. Namati and the Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU) have witnessed this in many communities in northern Uganda, where encroachment disputes often threaten to undermine or stall community land protection efforts. Over the past five years, LEMU has developed ways…

Accessing Justice and Protecting Rights of the Vulnerable through Cultural Structures: A Tool On Working With Elders in Communities


A model for working with cultural structures when intervening in human rights violations, particularly with regards to land transactions and other family disputes.

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…