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A Right-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti

Meena Jagannath , Nicole Phillips, Jeena Shah,

  This resource is from the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, Volume 10, Issue 1, Article 2, Fall 2011. As traditional legal assistance to marginalized communities tends to be top-down and exclusionary, much like the traditional distribution of humanitarian aid, human rights lawyers in Haiti seek to apply the rights-based approach to their lawyering—providing “legal…

The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains “The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998”, which was enacted by the Republic of the Philippines’s Tenth Congress.

Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) Rules of Procedure

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains the Republic of the Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board’s (DARAB) rules of procedure for 2009.

The 2014 Revised Rules of Procedure before the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains the 2014 revised rules of procedure for cases filed before the Republic of the Philippines’ National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Revised Guidelines on the Deputation of Environment and Natural Resources Officers

Republic of the Philippines,

This resource contains the revised guidelines on the deputation of environment and natural resources officers in the Philippines.

The 2011 National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Rules of Procedure

The Republic of Philippines,

This resource contains the 2011 rules of procedure for the Republic of Philippines’ National Labor Relations Commission.

Popular Attitudes towards Dispute Processing in Urban and Rural China

Ethan Michelson, Foundation for Law, Justice and Society,

Decades of research in the field of law and society reveals the fallacy of conflating the ‘legal’ and the ‘justice’ systems. Law is but one means, far from the most important means, of resolving disputes and obtaining justice. Moreover, law is far more than official state law, including also unofficial customary law. The simultaneous existence…

Community Justice: Ontario

Open Society Foundation,

On the second Tuesday of every month in a small store-front office in the town of Bancroft, in eastern Ontario, two lawyers offer legal advice to mostly low-income clients with a range of mostly everyday problems: arguments with a landlord; disputes with an employer; difficulties claiming social assistance; and much more. The advice is free, and…

Myanmar National Paralegal Network: A report on its inception and launch

Myanmar National Paralegal Network, Namati,

This report summarizes the building and launch of the Myanmar National Paralegal Network. Each Network Working Group completed their respective section and Namati edited these for clarity and publication. An Myanmar language version of this report can be found here.

Integrating Interventions on Maternal, Mortality, Morbidity, and HIV: A Human Rights-Based Framework and Approach

Susana Fried, Brianna Harrison, Kelly Starcevich, Corinne Whitaker, Tiana O'Konek,

Maternal, mortality, and morbidity (MMM) and HIV represent interlinked challenges arising from common causes, magnifying their respective impacts and producing related consequences. Accordingly, an integrated response will lead to the most effective approach for both. Shared structural drivers include gender inequality; gender-based violence (including sexual violence); economic disempowerment; and stigma and discrimination in access to…

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research

Posted by Adrian Di Giovanni in Resisting Injustice Blog Series

The following post is the third installment of the 12-part blog series, “Resisting Injustice”. The project brings together a collection of voices, from civil servants to comedians, to discuss why now, more than ever, we need to prioritize access to justice and how we can best do this together.  The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research…

Residents use rule of law to secure environmental justice

Posted by Hasmukh Dhumadia in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following article first appeared on the India Together website. Gujarat, located in western part of India, has the longest and the most industrialized coastline in the country. The majority of the mangroves on this coastal stretch are found in Devbhumi Dwarka District of the state. The district is on the southern shore of the…

Climate Change & Legal Empowerment – Namati’s CEO in WIRED magazine (UK Edition)

Posted by Namati in Environment, Namati News

  In the latest UK edition of WIRED magazine, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, shares his ideas on what we, as a global community, must do to combat climate change. Maru proposes that while vital, the current trend of focusing on large-scale policy change is not enough. We need to simultaneously invest in bottom-up environmentalism by…

LEGEND Land Policy Bulletin: “Namati’s experience of using GeoODK GPS Mapping”

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

Maps are critical tools that assist communities in securing formal legal recognition of their rights to customary land and supporting local land governance. However, the map-making support Namati could provide to communities in Africa and Asia was, until recently, limited to hand-drawn sketches. GPS and satellite technologies were too costly and technically complex. In 2016, Namati partnered with…

Counterview: “Industrial projects operating without environmental clearances to be legalised?

Posted by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

On March 14, 2017, India’s Environment Ministry released a revised final notification that will allow any project, even those who have been illegally operating, to apply for Environmental Clearances (EC). The notification would provide amnesty for actions such as illegal land grabs and environmental regulation violations and limit a community’s ability to hold businesses and those in…

Sierra Leone Land Policy: An Open Letter to President Koroma

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Governance, Land & Natural Resources

Dear Mr. President, Last Thursday I was at State House to witness the low-key start of a potentially profound revolution in the land sector. For decades, our people and the environment have borne the scourge of a broken land tenure system. Many attempting to buy land to build a future for their families have lost…

The Wire: “Environment Ministry to Bend Over Backwards to Whitelist Illicit Projects”

Posted by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

The following is an excerpt from an article published on The Wire’s online site on March 22, 2017 by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli, CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program staff members in New Dehli, India. On March 14, 2017, [India’s] environment ministry issued a notification that is a remarkable show of partisan support to projects that have been…

How a Coastal Violation is Leading to a Small Revolution in Karnataka

Posted by Vinod Patgar in Environment

The following blog by CPR-Namati Enviro-Legal Coordinator, Vinod Patgar, originally appeared on myLaw.net. Baad, a village near my village of Kagal in coastal Karnataka, hosts a fair every year at the Shri Kanchika Parameshwari temple. As children, the joy of going to this fair was unparalleled. During the fair, the yakshagana, a folk dance, used…

Financing Justice – an article by Namati’s CEO in Foreign Policy

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

  The law should be accessible to everyone. The international community agreed to this when they adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the funding needed to make it a reality has not materialized. With authoritarianism on the rise worldwide, finding a solution to the funding gap is now more critical than ever. Namati’s CEO,…

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…

Barefoot Lawyers, Communities, and the Earth

Posted by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following blog first appeared as part of Article 3 Advisor’s special blog series on climate justice. Check out their site for other blog series on topics ranging from prison to refugees to modern day slavery. The global human rights movement has made extraordinary progress, at least by the letter of the law. Many countries now…

Social Entrepreneur Podcast: The Rule of Law for Everyone

Posted by McKinley Charles in General

On the December 9th episode of the Social Entrepreneur podcast, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru speaks with host, Tony Loyd, about justice issues and the legal empowerment approach. Vivek shares the ideas and experiences that led him to found Namati and the plans for moving the organization forward.  This includes ideas for starting a program in…

“Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs”

Posted by Ope Peters in General, Governance

For 50 years access to justice has been guaranteed as a basic human right under international law. Yet for hundreds of millions of people around the world, this right is not their reality. Many countries have either failed to enact sufficient laws at the national level or failed to effectively implement them. As is often…

Get your facts right, get them to act right

Posted by Chicu Lokgariwar, India Water Portal in Environment

The following article was written by Chicu Lokgariwar from India Water Portal (IWP) following a training program on community-led research methods for environmental justice in India that took at the Sambhavnaa Institute, Palampur in September 2016. The workshop was designed and facilitated by Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon of Centre for Policy Research (CPR)- Namati,…

The Legal Empowerment Leadership Course Experience

Posted by Namati in General

For five days in October, sixty-one justice practitioners from twenty-five countries came together at the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary for the second annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. The course is the only one of its kind in the world. It brings together leaders dedicated to legal empowerment to reflect on history, strategy, and…

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

Posted by The Economist in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

Video: When Land Laws are Not Enough, Enter the Barefoot Lawyers

Posted by Place - Thompson Reuters Foundation in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

In this two-minute animation, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, explains how “barefoot lawyers” help connect communities with justice. The video was produced by the Thompson Reuters Foundation for their new initiative, Place. Through exclusive reportage, analysis, commentary, photographs and video, Place explores the complex social, economic and political effects of inadequate land rights – from environmental…

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…

Leadership in Action

Posted by Namati in General

In June, SiriusXM’s Business Radio program, Leadership in Action, interviewed Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru. The audio from the show is now available below. Business Radio features world-renowned and distinguished executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. Broadcasting from Wharton’s Ivy League campus and Silicon Valley, Business Radio covers every aspect of business in…

Groundtruthing Environmental Violations in Chhattisgarh, India

Posted by Krithika Dinesh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Namati News

Namati and the Centre for Policy Research are pleased to release the second report in their series on community-led groundtruthing exercises in India. The report, Closing the Enforcement Gap: Groundtruthing of Environmental Violations in Sarguja, Chhattisgarh, outlines how representatives from three villages in the state of Chhattisgrah in central India used the process of groundtruthing to establish that the…

Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar

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

A new policy brief has been released emphasizing the need for the Myanmar government to put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to farmers who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process or compensation.  According to the Parliamentary Land Investigation Committee, more than 500,000 acres of land in Myanmar…

It’s time Canada makes access to justice a reality for all

Posted by Adrian Di Giovanni, Vivek Maru, and Lotta Teale in Governance

When a child is denied access to school, or an ailing person is shut out of a hospital, the media are quick to expose the injustice. Denial of health care or an education is unthinkable for most Canadians, yet access to justice, particularly for non−criminal issues, is out of reach for millions in this country,…

5 Ways the Network Survey Results Influenced our Plans

Posted by Michael Otto in Global Legal Empowerment Network

This past December and January we asked members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network about the needs and challenges of their work, and how we can grow stronger as a community. People from 52 countries responded. As we cross the half-year mark, we wanted to share what we learned from the survey, what we’ve done…

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…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

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…

2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Namati and the Global Network named as recipients

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News

We are pleased to announce that Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the Skoll Foundation, the award is presented to leaders or organizations that are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater…

Gendered aspects of land rights in Myanmar: Evidence from paralegal casework

Posted by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research, Women

Namati has published a new policy brief on the gendered aspects of land rights. It is our hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land…

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

Posted by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

BBC Africa: Sierra Leone Land Grab Thwarted

Posted by McKinley Charles in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Over 70 families have had their land returned after taking a large multinational company to court. Local leaders had sold the families’ land to Orient Agriculture Ltd. without their knowledge or consent. With the support of a Namati community paralegal, the affected families learned about their right and how to use the law to bring…

Protecting Community Lands Everything We Know in a New Guide!

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Network Dispatch

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to launch an important new resource for frontline land rights advocates around the world: the Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide. After years of working with partners to support communities to protect their land rights, today we are sharing what we’ve learned. This Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for…

Is the Hubli-Ankola Railway line approved?

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

India’s media reports that the country’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given clearance to Indian Railways to approach the state government regarding the Hubli-Ankola rail link, which will pass through the dense Western Ghats in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli writes on how the orders of NGT do not necessarily imply a complete go-ahead for the railway…

Burying the Law to Make Way for a Coal Mine

Posted by Kanchi Kohli and Alok Shukla in Environment

The cancellation of the community rights of Ghatbarra village over the Hasdeo Arand forest – to make way for a coal mine – raises many questions. When the Forest Survey of India’s 2011 report celebrated Hasdeo Arand as the largest unfragmented forest in central India outside the official protected area system, there was another process…

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…

Myanmar faces fresh hurdle in land rights and justice

Posted by Caitlin Pierce in Land & Natural Resources

Download Namati’s report Returns of Grabbed Land in Myanmar: Progress After Two Years (in English or Burmese) UMyint Tun was working in his field in Sagaing when four officers pulled up in a military jeep with the bad news: his land now belonged to the government. He could no longer farm it. This was April…

Using the Law to Defend Indigenous Lands: New Video from ‘Territories of Life’

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

Territories of Life is a series of videos produced by LifeMosaic to shares stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. The latest video, ‘Using The Law‘, examines strategies for using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of indigenous lands. The 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in…

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…

Stretching the meaning of ‘reforestation’ beyond breaking point

Posted by Manju Menon in Environment

This OpEd first appeared in The Caravan Magazine. Ever since he took charge as the minister for the environment and forests in May last year, Prakash Javadekar has appeared to be in quite a hurry. His task, he has stated over and over again to the media whenever the opportunity has presented itself, is to…

The Sea, the Law and Salt

Posted by Vimal Kalavadiya and Bharat Patel in Environment

How we used the law to reclaim the inter-tidal area at Bavdi Bander, Gujarat, India The Kutch district in Gujarat, one of the largest in India, has a coastline of 405 kilometers and inter-tidal area of about 200 kilometers. For generations, communities in the district have engaged in agriculture, pottery, animal husbandry, weaving, fishing, and…

Myanmar: Namati & Landesa Make Recommendations for Pro-Poor Land Policy

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Land & Natural Resources

In this major new report Namati and Landesa highlight the pressing needs of Myanmar’s rural population – and recommend potential solutions – as the Myanmar government embarks on wide-reaching land policy reform. Download the report in English. Download the report in Burmese. Myanmar is undergoing a major transition, opening space for significant change for the…

Justice 2015 Update: Goal 16’s Impact

Posted by Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda

Over the last two years more than 300 organizations in the Global Legal Empowerment Network have campaigned for justice targets to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their advocacy has been at both the international and the national level, with high-level political meetings, OpEds, open letters, campaign days and media events pushing the case…

Ignoring the institutions that can save India’s coastal regions

Posted by Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor in Environment

Since November 2014 there have been at least four amendments to India’s Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011. In all but one instance, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has emphasised on the “public interest” clause, allowing the dispensation of the requirement of a public notice and seeking citizen’s inputs before the…

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…

Talking Health Rights

Posted by Paul McCann in Health

Cacilda Fumo is one of Namati’s health advocates – a compassionate champion of patient rights. At the 1st of May Health Center in Maputo, Mozambique, where HIV and TB patients seek treatment from an over-stretched public health service, she is a regular presence – explaining to people not only how they can stay healthy, but what they can expect…

Women Behind Bars

Posted by IRIN Films in Multimedia

This film by IRIN Films focuses on AdvocAid, one of Namati’s partner organisations in Sierra Leone. AdocAid’s paralegals are trained by Namati and this moving film illustrates the important work that they do. Women Behind Bars tries to understand why prison rates for women in Sierra Leone are soaring. Twelve years after the long civil war…

Land Rights in Myanmar – in Pictures

Posted by The Guardian in Land & Natural Resources

The Guardian newspaper’s Development section has published a picture gallery of Namati images. These were taken by the photographer Bremen Donovan in 2014. The images accompany extended captions explaining how a new land use law, due to be finalised in 2015, is likely to mean land seizures committed by the military and powerful elites during Myanmar’s long dictatorship will…

Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

Posted by Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Namati has joined with a coalition of organizations to produce a briefing paper on the place of land rights in the new Sustainable Development Goals. The briefing has been endorsed by organisations such as ActioAid, Oxfam, Landesa, Global Witness and Habitat for Humanity. It contains five headline recommendations: 1. The Post-2015 Agenda should advance and monitor…

‘I just need my freedom’

Posted by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Multimedia

This moving documentary by IRIN follows the work of Marvel and Victoria, two paralegals working for Namati’s partner AdvocAid in Sierra Leone. It illustrates the harsh reality of life for many women in Sierra Leone who come into contact with the police and the prison system. Marvel and Victoria bring hope to those suffering arbitrary…

Targeting Illegal Mining in India’s Forests

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli explains how public interest litigation finally forced the authorities to act against illegal iron ore mines in the forests of Odisha. 27 October 2014 – The discourse around iron and steel in India has taken a huge political turn since 2007. In 2007, the Karnataka state government, while recognising the problem of rampant illegal…

Community Land Mapping in Liberia on Film

Posted by Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

The work of Namati’s Liberian partner, the Sustainable Development Institute, has been captured on film by the climate change campaign organisation If Not Us Then Who. Made by Handcrafted Films for their Inspirational People strand, the short film shows the community mapping that rural people use to begin the process of protecting their lands. In a country where over half…

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…

Why Paralegals & Why Scale Up?

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s program director in Sierra Leone, explaining our community-based approach to growing and developing national justice services at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.    

India’s Quest for Power

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli on how India’s ‘balance’ of industrialisation and ecological protection actually looks at the ground level. “The lives of people living in coastal or forest ecosystems are likely to change drastically if one is to go by the number of power plants going up in India today. Each company seeking permission to operate a coal mine…

No Consent in Nimiyama Chiefdom

Posted by Karima Tawfik in Land & Natural Resources

Innovative Legal Remedies to Protect  Land Rights in Sierra Leone By Karima Tawfik For one woman in Nimiyama Chiefdom in eastern Sierra Leone, the first sign of trouble came when she went into her family’s fields to brush for planting and was told to leave immediately because the land had been “sold.” For another landowner, it…

Fishing in India’s Troubled Waters

Posted by The New York Times in Environment, Multimedia

The New York Times’ photography blog documents the life of fishermen facing environmental and other dangers on Southern India’s coasts in a project by photographer Selvaprakash Lakshmanan for the Fojo Institute’s Coastal Management program. “Since most of India’s massive population lives in inland cities, the coastal areas he’s investigating are typically underreported and overlooked,” writes The NY Times….

“Many took up arms because of the injustices they suffered”

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

An interview with Daniel Sesay Daniel Sesay began working as a paralegal when he joined Timap for Justice following his involvement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the early 2000’s.  He is now a Program Officer with Namati-Sierra Leone.  Daniel is playing a leading role in the national scale-up of paralegal activities across the…

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