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Gestión de planes de acción locales de gobierno abierto: herramientas para la cocreación, el seguimiento y la evaluación

Alejandra Naser, Verona Fideleff, Joaquín Tognoli,

El presente documento está dirigido a actores de todos los sectores (gobierno, sociedad civil organizada, academia, sector privado) comprometidos con el desarrollo sostenible en la región de América Latina y el Caribe, y particularmente interesados en promover la transparencia, el acceso a la información, la participación ciudadana y la colaboración multisectorial en la gestión de…

Proyecto de Ley para el sector de pesca artesanal de pequeña escala

CoopeSoliDar R.L., Vivienne Solís Rivera, German Pochet Ballester,

CoopeSoliDar R.L. ha tratado siempre de llevar información sencilla y clara sobre los temas de mayor importancia para las comunidades humanas que viven y dependen de los recursos naturales. El documento pretende que todos los pescadores y pescadoras de pequeña escala puedan tener la información sobre un proyecto que busca ayudarlos. Que puedan leer el…

Módulo III: Gobernanza y democracia interna

Fundación Microjusticia Bolivia,

La actual Constitución Política del Estado y la promulgación de nuevas leyes plantean transformaciones estructurales de gran importancia para todos los bolivianos. Una de estas es la implementación del nuevo sistema de planificación integral del Estado que determina una nueva forma de elaboración y presentación de planes de desarrollo económico y social a corto, mediano…

Módulo I: Derecho a la identidad, ciudadanía y participación democrática

Fundación Microjusticia Bolivia,

El objetivo del manual es contribuir en el empoderamiento jurídico y político de los miembros y autoridades originarias y que los mismos puedan ejercer sus derechos civiles e indígenas y participar en los procesos de toma de decisiones. Por medio de esta herramienta se proporciona a las autoridades de las comunidades información con la cual…

Participando en la gestión municipal

Fundación Solidaridad,

“Participando en la Gestión Municipal” aborda las diferentes temáticas relacionadas con la participación ciudadana en la gestión de los gobiernos locales. Esta Cartilla Educativa recoge los mecanismos de participación ciudadana instituidos en la Ley 176-07 del Distrito Nacional y los Municipios y en la Constitución de la República Dominicana, proclamada el 26 de enero de…

Making the Law Count: Environment Justice Stories on Community Paralegal Work in India (Version 2)

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Across the world, poor communities bear a disproportionate burden of the environmental cost of development. Harmful projects such as polluting industrial units, municipal disposal sites or mining projects are usually situated close to poor neighborhoods. These communities grapple on a daily basis with environmental impacts which exposes them to toxic contamination, adversely affect their livelihoods…

Agenda de Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil Organizada

Ana Cristina Gómez López, Marcela Nieto Sarre, María de los Ángeles Olvera Ortega,

La sociedad civil organizada (SCO) tiene un papel fundamental en un país como México en el que más del 50% de la población vive en situación de pobreza y tan sólo el 10% concentra el 64% de la riqueza; en donde el acceso a servicios educativos y de salud de calidad es sumamente desigual; y…

Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

Legal Empowerment of the Poor: Innovating Access to Justice

Maaike de Langen, Maurits Barendrecht,

In this essay, we begin with some general observations on the state of access to justice. Because access to justice is hard to measure and data on such access are scarce, we give a description of the barriers to justice and mechanisms of exclusion and analyze how these work out for the poor in developing…

History in the making: How communities in Kenya are claiming their land rights

Posted by Jaron Vogelsang in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, Namati News

Over 60% of Kenya’s land mass is community land. The indigenous people that live off these lands have done so for generations, and yet they’ve never had the legal rights to govern them. As a result, they are vulnerable to having their land and resources grabbed for mining, agribusiness, and public infrastructure projects. But in…

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Posted by Denis Kimathi in Citizenship, Namati News

Over 5 million Kenyans from various minority groups have to go through discriminatory processes to get ID cards. This essay in WIRED is on how a marginalized community equipped with the power of law fought back against an exclusionary digital identity system in Kenya and won. The case was not unique; judiciaries of other nations…

Saving Sangam from Mining

Posted by Vijay Rathod in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

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…

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, 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…

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…