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Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour and Forced Marriage

International Labour Office (ILO), Walk Free Foundation,

An estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016. In other words, on any given day in 2016, there were likely to be more than 40 million men, women, and children who were being forced to work against their will under threat or who were living in a forced marriage that they…

Inhuman Camp Life of Bihari Urdu-speaking Linguistic Minority of Bangladesh: Patterns of Inequality, Discrimination, Political and Social Marginalization of the Bihari Urdu-Speaking Bangladeshis

Council of Minorities, Namati,

This resource is a joint submission by the Council of Minorities and Namati for Universal Public Review about the treatment of urdu-speaking Biharis in Bangladesh. Namati and Council of Minorities have partnered since 2013 to implement a community-based paralegal program focused on citizenship and related rights of the Urdu-speaking community in Bangladesh. Paralegals are recruited…

Discovering Community Power: A Guide To Mobilizing Local Assets And Your Organization’s Capacity

John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute,

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is interested in proposals that both improve the community and strengthen the applicant organization. The authors’ experience indicates that proposals which connect with and engage a wide range of community resources are more effective than those which involve only the staff of the lead organization. This document shows how non-profit organizations are much more powerful community…

Brief on the Importance of Legal Aid in HIV Prevention and Treatment

Open Society Foundations,

For criminalized populations such as drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men, difficulties with the legal system impose a substantial barrier to HIV prevention and treatment. In multiple countries, HIV prevention programs have documented police harassment at methadone and needle exchange sites, prosecution for possession of sterile injection paraphernalia, and detention or police questioning as…

Social Audit: A Toolkit A Guide for Performance Improvement and Outcome Measurement

Centre for Good Governance,

The social audit toolkit provides practical guidance and insights to its users working in government departments, community organisations and civil society groups for using social audit as a tool to identify, measure, assess and report on the social performance of their organisations. This toolkit has been designed keeping in view the needs of non-specialists interested…

Empowering Girls Through Legal Protection Strategies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia

International Development Law Organization (IDLO),

According to a 2008 report by the Center for Global Development, girls are generally less healthy, less educated and enjoy less freedom than their male counterparts. Such disparities, which highlight the disempowerment and marginalization of girls, result from a variety of factors including cultural and social norms. Ultimately, however, they are rooted in gender discrimination,…

Civil Society Institutional Advocacy Development Program

Stephen Nkem Asek, International Governance Institute’s Focal Integrity Team for Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM),

This resource describes a training program developed by the International Governance Institute’s Focal Integrity Team for Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM) to build the capacity of national NGOs to undertake advocacy efforts. Civil society organizations (CSOs) or individuals have a right to advise their government at local and national levels after identifying a problem in society and in…

Equitable Access to Basic Services: Who will Guarantee It?

Degol Hailu, International Poverty Centre,

This information sheet by the International Poverty Centre discusses the regulatory environments necessary for the provision of essential services, such as water and electricity. Current practice in utility provision involves the following: Governments retain ownership and pay for capital investments, while privatizing the operations and management of the companies. This tool analyzes whether this modality…

Increasing Local Participation and Benefit in Mali’s Mining Sector

Amadou Keita, Moussa Djire, Kadari Traore, Kader Traore, Djibonding Dembele, Arouna Dembele, Mamadou Samassekou, Moussa Doumbo,

In Mali, land and natural resources are central to economies and societies. The livelihoods of most rural people are based on these resources. In recent years, outside players have also become increasingly interested in Mali’s natural resources – particularly valuable subsoil resources like minerals. Mali’s mining sector has grown greatly since the early 1990s, with…

Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment: Making the Poor Central in Legal Development Co-operation

Ineke Van De Meene, Benjamin Van Rooij,

How law can aid development has been the focus of much recent discussion among development workers, scholars and policymakers. Indeed, reforms to improve poor people’s access to justice and to promote their legal empowerment comprise the latest trend in legal development cooperation.The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for example, allocated 21% of its “legal and…

Saving Sangam from Mining

Posted by Vijay Rathod in Environment

The following post originally appeared on India Water Portal. There was illegal mining in the Triveni Sangam and I could not believe my eyes. Who could do something like this? The sangam, or confluence of rivers, in the Gujarat district of India, has a special place in my mind as I had grown up visiting…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

Posted by Vivek Trivedi in General

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

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…

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…

Namati Welcomes Sierra Leone’s Progressive New National Land Policy

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Land & Natural Resources

Sierra Leone’s new National Land Policy, recently approved by the cabinet, presents a progressive and ambitious plan for protecting land rights that will strengthen women’s access to land, give communities a bigger say over land management and create a better framework for major land investments. All of which is urgently in need if Sierra Leone’s…

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…

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…

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has launched a groundbreaking new tool for lawyers and advocates working to protect community rights to land and natural resources: the Community Land Rights CaseBase. More and more lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet they often struggle to find supportive legal precedent – within their own country or…

Oxfam on India’s proposed new land acquisition ordinance

Posted by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources

There has been uproar in India’s parliament and among civil society groups following the government’s proposal to replace the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCLARR). RFCLARR was enacted in 2013 replacing the land acquisition policies prevalent in the country since 1894. A year later, the Government of…

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