The movement for legal empowerment is thriving on every continent in the world. But too often, we work alone, without benefit of the advice or feedback of others doing groundbreaking work. Let’s do something about that.
The Global Legal Empowerment Network is offering practitioners an opportunity to meet and learn from each other in person. Participants in this program will take part in an extended exchange trip, with travel and accommodation expenses covered by Namati, during which they will learn from leading organizations in the field about addressing common challenges and improving legal empowerment methods. Through practical, hands-on learning, we will strengthen our community of practice and our movement as a whole.
Back by popular demand, the next Learning Exchange program will focus on citizenship. It will take place in the October of 2018 with Namati and three dynamic Kenyan organizations – Nubian Rights Forum, Haki na Sheria, and Haki Centre as hosts. The application period for this learning exchange is now closed.
Participants of this learning exchange will be split into three teams who will spend time in the field with Namati’s three implementing partners who will assign them with paralegals. They will accompany paralegals as they visit communities and handle cases relating to birth certificates, ID Cards, passports, and death certificates; meet with civil society leaders working on citizenship rights; discuss tactics for high-level advocacy, including using grassroots data to call for change in policy and practice; and collectively workshop common challenges and develop concrete work plans for taking forward lessons learned.
it is useful and free to join! Organizations already in the network are encouraged to apply, as well as prospective members who have not yet joined.
Join the Network here: https://namati.org/join/
The application can be submitted through our website or by using an offline application that is submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applying is June 3, 2018.
The program is open to all types of grassroots legal empowerment practitioners and organizations. The application process is competitive with selections made from a shortlist of applicants.
Below are some tips for completing the application:
Organizations may nominate multiple candidates but must provide the nominee information and background for each separately. Nominees may include Executive Directors, Program Directors and Managers, or Monitoring and Evaluation Officers.
Hosts and visitors will be selected and matched based on the information provided during the application process. By matching participants according to complementary strengths and weaknesses, the program aims to maximize learning and ensure mutually beneficial exchanges.
Matching of host and participant organizations will be based on any of the following:
The exchange program includes travel costs, lodging and visa fees, but the participants will be expected to contribute some of their own food expenses. A typical exchange will last 1-3 weeks and there will be flexibility based on the participating organizations and the specific context of the exchange. This learning exchange is set to take place in October 2018.
Prior to the visit, both hosts and visitors will identify a specific set of challenges facing them in their daily work. Participants will draft workplans outlining areas of knowledge exchange that will aid in addressing these challenges. During the visit, hosts and visitors will trade expertise on key areas of program and organizational development. The goal is to cultivate increased collaboration among network members and to improve the use of legal empowerment methods in practice through hands-on learning.
Paralegal Program Development in South Africa
A learning exchange hosted by the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices in South Africa in April 2015.Read more
Paralegal Program Development in the Philippines
A learning exchange hosted by the Alternative Law Groups in the Philippines in May 2015.Read more
Women's Empowerment in Bangladesh
A learning exchange hosted by the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association in November 2015.Read more
Women's Empowerment in Tanzania
A learning exchange hosted by the Women's Legal Aid Centre in July 2016.Read more
Community Land Protection in East Africa
A learning exchange hosted by three local Kenyan community land protection organizations in October 2016.Read more
Latin American Regional Exchange in Argentina
The first Latin American regional learning exchange was held in June 2017 in Buenos Aires and hosted by the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ).Read more
Environmental Justice in Sierra Leone
A learning exchange hosted by Namati Sierra Leone in February 2018 on environmental justice practice in Africa.Read more
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