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Technology in Case Management for Legal Empowerment Work

The Engine Room, Open Society Justice Initiative ,

This report reviews how organisations in Indonesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Sierra Leone and South Africa are using technology and data to further their work on legal empowerment.  To do so, it assesses how organisations in Open Society Foundations’ Shared Framework collect, manage and analyse data on community based justice provision in those five countries, as well…

An Unresolved Legal Question About Forest Rights

Kanchi Kohli ,

In January 2016, the district level authorities revoked the Community Forest Rights (CFR) granted to Ghatbarra village, located in Sarguja district of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, as per due process of law. The reason cited was that the exercise of these rights was coming in the way of coal mining operations in the area….

Improving Accountability in Agricultural Investments: Reflections from Legal Empowerment Initiatives in West Africa

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED),

A recent surge in agribusiness plantation deals has increased pressures on land in many low- and middle-income countries. Rural people have mobilized to protect their rights, seek better terms or oppose the deals altogether. Since 2014, a set of initiatives in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal has worked to help people harness the law in order…

Community Facilitators in the Pursuit of Justice: Lessons from Jordan on Recruitment, Training, & Data

Namati , Open Society Foundations, Justice Center for Legal Aid , TAMKEEN: fields for aid , Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development ,

The Community Empowerment Project, initiated by the Open Society Foundations in Jordan, builds on and complements existing refugee response efforts through legal empowerment and community-based justice services. The project supports both Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan to understand and use legal and administrative systems to find concrete solutions to justice problems. In the…

Community Facilitators in the Pursuit of Justice: Lessons from Jordan on Recruitment, Training, & Data (Arabic)

Namati , Open Society Foundations, Justice Center for Legal Aid , TAMKEEN: fields for aid , Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development ,

The Community Empowerment Project, initiated by the Open Society Foundations in Jordan, builds on and complements existing refugee response efforts through legal empowerment and community-based justice services. The project supports both Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan to understand and use legal and administrative systems to find concrete solutions to justice problems. In the…

Prison Paralegal Program

Legal Aid Society (LAS), Legal Aid Office (LAO),

The Legal Aid Office Project operates under the umbrella of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners, a committee established by the Government of Sindh in 2004 for the welfare and legal assistance of underprivileged prisoners. The Committee is headed by the Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid and operates in 21 prisons with the objective of…

Making the Law Count: Ten Environment Justice Stories by Community Paralegals in India

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…

Know Your Rights and Duties: The Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Development Law Organization (IDLO),

This booklet aims to simplify and explain the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan. To increase understanding of the EVAW law, this booklet was published to inform members of the public, victims of violence, and legal professionals about the law in simplified form. This booklet explains the different crimes of violence…

Surface Water: Using Law to Combat Water Pollution

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

Contamination of surface and ground water sources due to the discharge of polluting substances has been a long standing problem in most parts of the country. In 1974, a legislation was specifically enacted to regulate and prohibit water pollution. The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 established Pollution Control Boards at the Central…

Surface Water: Using Law to Combat Water Pollution (Gujarati)

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

Contamination of surface and ground water sources due to the discharge of polluting substances has been a long standing problem in most parts of the country. In 1974, a legislation was specifically enacted to regulate and prohibit water pollution. The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 established Pollution Control Boards at the Central…

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,…

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…

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Citizenship

Community Paralegals and the Legal Empowerment Approach to Statelessness Mohammad Javed is an Urdu-speaking entrepreneur living in the middle of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Looking to grow his business, Mohammad decided to travel to India to start importing spare auto-rickshaw parts for his own repairs and to sell to others. Yet Mohammad was…

OpEd: A Citizenship Sea-Change in Bangladesh

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Citizenship

The Daily Star in Bangladesh printed an OpEd by Namati’s friend Bremen Donovan to coincide with a conference on Statelessness attended by Namati and its partner the Council of Minorities. It is one of the first times the wider Bengali public have been exposed to the work of paralegals from the Urdu-speaking community. The OpED…

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