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Safeguarding People and the Environment in Chinese Investments: A Guide for Community Advocates

Inclusive Development International ,

Over the last 10 years, China has become one of the most important investors in the world. In 2015, official outbound investment flows from China reached a record high of almost US$146 billion, second only to the United States.This investment is reaching all corners of the globe, with Chinese companies and financial institutions active in…

Manual de Seguridad Social para trabajadores agricolas y sus familiares (2015)

Profesionales para la Auditoria Social y Empresarial (PASE),

Este material educativo de enseñanza popular recopila un amplio resumen de la Ley de Seguridad Social en Nicaragua y su Reglamento de aplicación. Este documento intenta sintetizar de manera practica y sencilla la información básica e importante que necesitan conocer las personas aseguradas y pensionadas para acceder a los derechos y beneficios que establece el…

La Situacion del Seguro Social en el Occidente de Nicaragua (2016)

Profesionales para la Auditoria Social y Empresarial (PASE),

Es el primer Boletín Informativo (2016) de la Oficina de Servicios Legales de PASE que describe los hallazgos que ha identificado nuestro equipo de trabajo, en los casos de ex trabajadores azucareros y sus familiares, cuando se les ha brindado asesorías legales y acompañamiento a las Instituciones del Estado; Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguridad Social (INSS)…

Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices

Janet Pritchard, Feja Lesniewska, Tom Lomax, Saskia Ozinga, Cynthia More,

This guide, produced by FERN, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), ClientEarth and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), explains key aspects of law and land rights that are important for securing community ownership and control of land and resources – also referred to as secure land and resource tenure. It explains how to identify and…

Access to Justice in Cambodia

UNDP,

This report presents the main findings of the assessment of a Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund (DGTTF) project on Access to Justice in Cambodia, published as part of the DGTTF Lessons Learned Series. The project supported by the DGTTF targeted informal justice systems, specifically Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, to bring justice to the people. Failure to…

Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues

Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,

This Kit focuses on development and indigenous peoples, with emphasis on their full and effective participation in all development processes and the need for a genuine partnership in—and ownership with them—of these processes . More specifically, it is designed to provide UNCTs (United Nations Country Teams) with guidance as to how to engage indigenous peoples and include their perspectives…

Reconfiguring Investment Contracts to Promote Sustainable Development

Lorenzo Cotula, Kyla Tienhaara,

This article focuses on investments in lower and middle-income countries and aims to develop a conceptual framework for discussing contracts from a sustainable development perspective, and provides pointers for changes in contractual practice to maximize the pursuit of sustainable development goals like poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Sustaining Legal Empowerment in Initiatives to Support Local Land Rights

Robien Nielsen, International Institute for Environment and Development,

This paper presents a possible conceptual framework for program design of legal empowerment programs focused on local land rights. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners, donors, and the research community on how to strengthen legal empowerment initiatives to ensure that citizens not only gain but retain the power to influence land-related decisions that affect their…

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…

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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