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Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence in Zimbabwe: A Case Documentation on the UN Women Supported Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Project

Justice for Children (JCT), Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) , Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA),

Justice for Children (JCT) in conjunction with Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) signed an agreement with UN Women to implement joint gender-based violence (GBV) project in three districts: Bindura in Mashonaland Central Province, Makoni in Manicaland Province and Beitbridge in Matabeleland South Province. In response to the…

Customary Transfers and Land Sales in Cote d’Ivoire: Revisiting the Embeddedness Issue

Jean-Pierre Chauveau, Jean-Philippe Colin,

The article offers an empirical perspective regarding customary land sales in Côte d’Ivoire, focusing on their socio-political embeddedness as well as on the implications of such processes for the content of the rights and duties transferred. Two interlinked aspects of land transfers, which usually come together in African contexts, are to be taken into account:…

The Challenge of Food Security: ‘Land Grabbing’

Lorenzo Cotula,

“Land Grabbing’ is a chapter from the book, The Challenge of Food Security (Edward Elgar 2012), which provides an analysis of national and international law, calls for more robust legal safeguards, and for efforts to strengthen local capacity to exercise rights.

Chapter: The Art of Good Facilitation

Namati,

A chapter from the Guide that describes why good facilitation is key to the success of community land protection efforts and provides practical tips on how to improve facilitation skills.

Structures and Strategems: Making Decentralization of Authority over Land in Africa Cost-Effective

John W. Bruce, Anna Knox,

Community-led land tenure reform requires specification of ‘‘the community,” and this raises long-standing issues concerning the balance between civil and traditional local authorities in Africa. Recent experience with decentralization of authority over land suggests that the cost of creating new local land administration capacities is high. A less costly option is reliance at least in part…

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.

BRAC-Ain o Salish Kendro Joint Legal Aid Programme: A Comprehensive Review

Dilruba Banu,

In mid 1980s, BRAC initiated its paralegal programme to promote legal awareness among the members of its village organisations (VOs). The programme was re-organised and expanded as Human Rights and Legal Education (HRLE) in the early 1990s. The purpose of HRLE was to raise awareness about the legal rights among BRAC members, increase knowledge of…

Lessons from the Field: Engaging Local Officials to Support Community-led Natural Resource Management

Mabu Jaratpratprueang, Jason Lubanski, Marena Brinkhurst,

The Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) shares strategies to revitalize customary land and forest governance systems and engage the support of local officials.

Declaração da Villa Inflamable pelo Acesso à Justiça para todas/os e pelo Empoderamento Jurídico

Latin America Legal Empowerment Network,

No marco do encontro latinoamericano de experiências em empoderamento jurídico, que se realizou em Buenos Aires, Argentina (de 19 a 24 de junho), as 24 organizações participantes decidimos criar a Rede Latinoamericana de Empoderamento Jurídico. Durante o encontro, discutiu-se e assinou-se a “Declaração da Villa Inflamable pelo Acesso à Justiça para todas/os e pelo Empoderamento…

Declaration of Villa Inflamable for Access to Justice & Legal Empowerment for All

Latin America Legal Empowerment Network,

The Latin American Learning Exchange on Legal Empowerment, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina (June 19 to 14), included 24 organizations who decided to create a regional Latin American Legal Empowerment Network. During the meeting, the “Declaration of Villa Inflamable for Access to Justice & Legal Empowerment for All” was discussed and signed. The…

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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