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The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking

IOM International Organization for Migration,

IOM has had some 13 years of experience in implementing counter-trafficking activities and has provided assistance to over 14,000 victims of trafficking in all regions of the world. With a growing number of organizations, especially local NGOs, now providing or intending to provide assistance to victims of trafficking, IOM would like to share its experience…

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…

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…

Listen, Think and Act: Radio Broadcasting to Promote Farmers’ Participation in Mali’s Land Policy

Mamadou Goïta, Mohamed Coulibaly,

The vast majority of agricultural production in Mali is carried out by smallholder farmers, who are often unaware of the laws and policies that govern access to the land and resources they rely on to secure their livelihoods. This means they can lose out as access to resources is secured by large-scale agribusinesses or investors….

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…

In India, Women Are Using Their Phones To Tackle Inequality

Sutirtha Sahariah,

This article profiles one of Nazdeek’s paralegals, Pooja, who has been working to improve access to health and nutrition in Bhim Nagar, New Delhi through the SMS  project. The project trains women who live in slums to become paralegals, so they can represent others who are being denied their rights. 

Trust: The Fight to Win it Back

Open Government Partnership,

People around the world are distrusting of their governments. Key measures of trust are at historic lows. We are used to seeing cyclical trends in trust, pegged to highs and lows in political and economic performance. As societies progress people become increasingly knowledgeable about government activities, leading to higher expectations of government to perform. Trust…

Do More Empowered Citizens Make More Accountable States? Power and Legitimacy in Legal Empowerment Initiatives in Kenya and South Africa

Francesca Feruglio, Institute of Development Studies,

Marginalised groups and individuals often face difficulties in accessing essential services such as housing, health care and water – despite the existence of national and international laws that require states to guarantee equal access to basic services. Civil society organisations and lawyers in several countries are using legal frameworks to hold states accountable for 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…

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…

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…

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