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Namati

Washington D.C., United States
Joined January 2015

Our Mission: Building a movement of grassroots legal advocates



Presence in: India, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice

In a world where billions live outside the protection of the law, Namati is dedicated to putting the law in people’s hands. We’re building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. These advocates are fighting on the front lines to ensure that people can protect their land, access essential services, and take part in the decisions that govern their lives.

Law is supposed to be a sacred thread that ties us together, and protects each one of us.

But for billions of people around the world the law is broken. It’s an abstraction, or worse, a threat, but not something we can use to exercise our basic rights.

Namati is building a global movement of grassroots advocates who give people the power to understand, use, and shape the law. These advocates form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.

Legal empowerment advocates treat their clients as empowered citizens rather than victims requiring an expert service. Instead of “I will solve this problem for you,” our message is: “We will solve this together, and you will grow stronger in the process.”

In the past four years, Namati and its partners have worked with over 50,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

We track data on every case, and together with our clients we use that information to advocate for systemic changes, like better policies for land governance in Liberia, environmental regulation in India, and healthcare delivery in Mozambique.

Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network, which is made up of over 900 groups from all over the world. We are learning from one another and working together to bring justice everywhere.

People Associated With This Organization

Abudo Amade

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined June 2016
Interests: Access to Information
Contribuir para o bem estar da comunidade, constitui numa grande prioridade para os deferentes actores sociais e legais.
E eu tenho o maior prazer de juntar-me a eles.

Aimee Ongeso

Kenya  
Namati
Joined September 2012
I am Namati Senior Global Network Officer, based in Nairobi. I will be leading the Network’s efforts to build a stronger community, expand learning initiatives, and advance Namati's collective advocacy aims, both in Africa and beyond.

I have spent more than nine years working with communities in Kenya, promoting their active participation in pro-poor policies and laws, including the country’s landmark Legal Aid Act. I am experienced in conducting outreach and advocacy that connects communities with legislative reform processes, public interest litigation cases, and legal aid services.

By joining this network I hope to learn more about global empowerment initiatives.

I am a moderator on the forum. In this role I will:
- encourage organisations in the region to join the network and for those who are already in the
network - to become more active
- encourage the regional anchor to include forum participation as part of their key activities
- encourage lead organisations in the region to lead on activities such as community calls
- aim to organise a webinar

Aisha Khagai

Kenya  
Namati
Joined August 2016
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
Aisha is vastly experienced in implementing, managing and monitoring gender based communications, advocacy, products, services, tools and partnerships. I am able to increase capacity to communicate effectively at sub-regional and country levels and helping strengthen Gender development positioning among key partners and external audiences. With my experience I am highly capable of devising advocacy priorities and strategies, identifying advocacy opportunities, and undertaking lobbying and advocacy directed at influencing governments, intergovernmental organizations, human rights bodies and experts. I have excelled in coordinating and providing training and other capacity building activities to implement interventions to promote women’s empowerment in economic practices including interventions that increase women’s access to productive resources and optimize their participation and benefits from various economic projects.And also awareness creation on girl child rights, addressing issues of accessing basic rights and protection from retrogressive cultural practices among the Somali pastoralist communities from Norhern Kenya.

Aisha has a BA in Political Science, Sociology and psychology from the University of Nairobi. A Diploma in Criminology and Social Order from the same University .

By joining the network i look forward to sharing knowledge and learning from others to stregthen my skills and capacity in undertaking human rights agendas.

Akmaral Francis

United States  
Namati
Joined November 2017
Akmaral is originally from Kazakhstan and has over 14 years of accounting and finance experience. Akmaral spent last 8 years with non-profit organizations involved in international development. Most recently she worked as Financial Analyst for Counterpart International. The work involved detailed financial analysis of grants, final close out of grants and communication with donors. At American Bar Association Akmaral worked as Senior Grants Accountant and provided full cycle financial management and support for multiple projects around the world. Akmaral holds bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Alberto Cossa

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Health
Por definir

Alcides Jaime

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Namati Moçambique Alcides has over 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He received his certificate in accounting in 1985 from the Instituto Comercial de Maputo. Alcides dedicated 16 years of his life to the Mozambican League of Human Rights, first as Senior Finance and Administraion Assistant from 1995 to 2003, and then as Senior Finance and Administration Officer from 2004 until 2011. In 2012 he began working with the Wesleyana Methodist Church. He joined Namati in January of 2014. Alcides is a native of Inhambane Province, and he is the proud father of five children.

Alcino Panguana

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined September 2020
Interests: Health
I have a degree in Geography from Eduardo Mondlane University in the specialty of Regional Planning and Development. My area of interest includes health, reproductive health and gender, environment and climate change and urbanism.

Alexander Rocke

United States  
Namati
Joined June 2020
Interests: Other
I am the Finance Officer at Namati, and seek to both utilize and grow my finance and operations abilities on the international level and to affect positive change. I've worked in the not-for-profit sector in finance for more than 4 years, and as a young professional, my goal is to accumulate a diverse breadth of perspectives to better serve the organizations I will choose to work for in the future.

Almirante Mavume

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined April 2017
Interests: Education
Almirante Mavume

Amanda Padilla

Indonesia  
Namati
Joined September 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
Amanda Padilla has worked independently in the human rights field for the past seven years in various capacities including partnerships and outreach, philanthropy, programs, and communications; she is currently the Grants Specialist and Technical Writer at Namati.

Though the foci of her work has varied- from modern day slavery to the U.S. criminal justice system to homelessness and poverty- justice and accountability have remained the common threads critical in advancing human dignity across the board. Notably, she facilitated the philanthropic outreach for the Partnership for Freedom, a private-public initiative announced by President Obama in 2012, helping to strengthen donor relations and procure support for anti-trafficking and modern slavery eradication efforts. Additionally, she was on the team responsible for creating “Immersion Journey: Human Rights,” the first U.S. donor education program specifically geared towards human rights.

Amanda earned her M.A. in International Politics with an emphasis on human rights from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she examined the impact of U.S. military aid on countries with known records of mass atrocities and gross human rights violations. She formerly served on the Women’s Community Clinic Advisory Council in San Francisco and recently volunteered at Gardens for Health in Rwanda. Over the past 18 months she has travelled and lived in Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa; she currently resides in Indonesia.

Ana Bernardo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined February 2018
Trabalha em Inhambane

Anirudh Dutta Gupta

India  
Namati
Joined October 2020
Interests: Access to Information
Systems and Technology Officer, Namati

Arone Mapangula

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined November 2016
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Family, Health
Por regularizar mais tarde.

Artur Maunze

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined January 2018
Sou natural de Massinga,nasci aos 06/10/1989.Conclui o ensino primário aos 15 anos,aos 23 anos conclui o ensino secundário geral,fui professor do ensino primário de 2009 a 2013.
Trabalhei na baybayane serviços, durante 3 anos.Agora quero dinamizar os serviços de saúde nacional,levando o direito à saúde ao conhecimento público e consciencializar os provedores de saúde acerca da humanização dos mesmos.

Aye Aye Aung

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined October 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Peace-building
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B SANTOSH RAO DORA

India  
Namati
Joined July 2016
Interests: Environmental Justice
I am B.SANTOSH RAO DORA having 25 years development experience in different Civil Society Organisation and renowned state level research organisations after completion of my degree course and Master degree in Sociology. I basically associated with the state and national/ international level organisations in the sphere of rights based approach towards development of the tribal community through asserting their rights and entitlements of Government schemes and Programmes along with Law. Organised the community based organisations and Panchayatiraj Institutions, facilitated them to work closely with the law and Act by which they are quite capable to address their issues like Forest Right Act, Land Act, Right to Health and Nutrition and Livelihood programmes of government of Odisha. I was closely associated with state level network of tribal women (NARI SAMAJ), a federation of 54 tribal women organisations to ensure ecological development and address the climate change and natural disasters. The Nari Samaj is one of the state level organisation working on the issues of ecological development.
In PACS (Poorest Area Civil Society) programme of DFID (Department for International Development), I with my team of 40 tribal youths of Mayurbhanj District of Odisha worked in four blocks of Mayurbhanj District and ensured effective implementation of NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and Forest Right Act in 458 villages with a substantial outcomes in the context of employment generation, community forest right and individual forest right title along with 100% institutional delivery. Under this programme, 216 village /Gram sabha obtained community forest land title under Forest Right Act. 23000 tribal and PVTG (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups) got employment of average 60 days in a year.
Before the PACS programme I was worked with RCDC ( Regional Centre for Development Cooperation) in Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Koraput District of Odisha where the team lead by me formed and strengthened the Community forest protection and management committees in 1000 villages and addressed the issues of deforestation, industrialisation and intervention of Hybrid seeds.
Under the NRM ( Natural resource Management) Project, I with my team worked for the tribal communities of Nabarangpur district and ensure the community based natural resource management and development without degrading the local environment and ensure sustainable development the tribal.

Babafemi Aaron-Johnson

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined November 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Environmental Justice, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources
I am the Deputy Director Operations at Namati Sierra Leone Office. A Financial Management Specialist with over 25 years of experience across both private and public sectors. I look forward to gain knowledge in legal empowerment issues generally and understanding the legislations around land right and justice issues

Baindu Koroma

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Belmira Checo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined February 2018
Interests: Corruption, Education, Family
Estudante de Direito
Comunicativa

"só aprende quem tem coragem de errar"

Benedito Mudine

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Health
Benedito Anastácio Mudine, de 36 anos de idade, casado, natural da Cidade da Maxixe – Inhambane, Moçambique.
Licenciado em Gestão empresarial, bacharel em Contabilidade pela Universidade Mussa Bin Bique em Inhambane e Médio em Geologia, pelo Instituto Médio de Geologia e Minas de Moatize- Tete.
Trabalhou como Contador Verificador Superior, Chefe da UGEA e Auditor financeiro no Tribunal Administrativo da Província de Inhambane, de 2012 a 2016.
Obteve experiencia na área de docência em quatro Universidades entre públicas e privadas, como técnico de campo no sector de água e saneamento e Infra-estruturas públicas.
Actualmente, frequenta o mestrado em Auditoria Internacional e Gestão Empresarial à distância, na Universidade de Barcelona - fundação FUNIBER.

Bharat Dodiya Dodiya

India  
Namati
Joined June 2017
i am working with the cpr-namati environmental justice program as a senior enviro legal coordinator, kutch ,gujarat

Bharat Patel

India  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Cacilda Fumo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Health
Por enquanto

Caitlin Sislin

United States  
Namati
Joined February 2015

Carlota Carlos

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Health
por enquanto

Celia Feniose

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Health
Por enquanto

Cezar Malate

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined March 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Health
por preencher mais tarde

Cing Don Nuam

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined June 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Women's Rights
Cing Don Nuam joined Namati Myanmar as a learning officer - research, policy and advocacy. Prior to joining Namati, she worked as a data community coordinator at Phandeeyar for one year, leading Data Literacy Program with East West Management Institute (EWMI), supported by The World Bank. She found her passion in land research and community legal empowerment when she started working as a research assistant for an "r4d" project, organized by Center for Development and Environment (CDE) in University of Bern. During those two years, she has had the opportunity to explore in-depth about the land use changes in Southern Myanmar and their impact on the local communities. She earned her B.A in Economics from Randolph College, located in Lynchburg, Virginia of the USA in 2016. She is also an alum (9th-wave) of the Pre-Collegiate Program in Yangon, Myanmar.

Custodio Lucas Costa

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined July 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Corruption, Environmental Justice, Family
Custodio Costa e um jovem mocambicano, que gosta de abracar caudsas sociais e que se identifica muito em trabalhar para desenvolver aptidoes e despertar a coinciencia das pessoas sobtre varios aspectos da vida.

Dagem Legesse

United States  
Namati
Joined September 2016
Dagem Legesse, General Accountant for Namati.

Dallin Johnson

United States  
Namati
Joined September 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
With roots in Utah, California, and Hawaii, Dallin brings three years of experience with non-profits to Namati in his role as Executive Associate.

Dallin graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University with degrees in economics and international business, where he was accepted into the interdisciplinary Huntsman Scholar program. With his class, he studied abroad in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and France and learned firsthand the importance of the law and intercultural collaboration in solving some of society’s most pressing issues. Like Bryan Stevenson, he believes that "each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done” and hopes to use his education and experience to help people find access to justice.

Dallin is an outdoor enthusiast and spends much of his free time skiing, hiking, attending concerts, and conversing over brunch.

Daniel Olu-Jones

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined June 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Health, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Women's Rights
I attained my Secondary education at the Prince of Wales School Kingtom Freetown, Sierra Leone. Upon graduation from secondary school, I enrolled at the Milton Margai College of Education Science and Technology (MMCET) Goderich Freetown where i attained a Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies. I worked as a volunteer teacher at the St Luke's Catholic Primary School Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown. I joined Brac International Sierra Leone as a Paralegal, and i worked with them in three chiefdoms in Port Loko District for a period of 4 years (2010-2014). Until my present appointment, I served as an Intern/volunteer of Namati (Makeni) office. The conflict resolution and peace building knowledge I attained at the MMCET has helped me to build very strong mediation skills, one of the many tools used by community based paralegals across the World. I am open to new ideas, and I expect to tap from the knowledge, skills and experiences of members of this network.

Daniel Sesay

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined May 2013
Daniel served as a lead paralegal for Timap for Justice in Sierra Leone. He consults community-based paralegal programs in program and case management and strategic oversight. Daniel has spoken at a number of conferences on the topic of customary law and community-based paralegalism.

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Dauda Golia

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined June 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
my name is dauda golia,i was born in Gbangbaia village Impere chiefdom bonthe district southern sierra leone.I attended the impere secondary school and the Eastern polytechnic Kenema. I have worked as a paralegal for Methodist church Sierra Leone in Bonthe district southern sierra Leone. Presently i am working with Namati in Bo office southern sierra Leone.

David Arach

Kenya  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Arach David James is a Ugandan national who has experience working as a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist. Currently based in Nairobi – Kenya, David joined Namati as the Community Land Protection Program’s East Africa Program Officer in March 2016. He is armed with a strong passion for justice, advocating for security of tenure, and strengthening communities’ ability to protect, document and defend their land rights.

Before joining Namati, David worked with Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU) to implement their Community Land Protection Program.

David graduated from Makerere University, Kampala in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry, where he also attended post-graduate courses in M&E and Statistical Data Management. In addition, he has received formal training in facilitation skills.

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David Saute

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined November 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Health
Por actualizar mais tarde

David Simango

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined February 2019
Interests: Education, Family, Health
David was born in Maputo, Mozambique. He has taken courses in Electronics and Telecommunications at the National Aeronautics School and worked as a voluntary activist with the Geração Biz program on issues of sexual and reproductive health. He has additionally been active as a field officer in the Mavalane Nucleus against drugs and AIDS. His passion for community work is driven by his conviction that health is a human right.

Debayan Gupta

India  
Namati
Joined June 2017
Interests: Environmental Justice
Debayan Gupta is a 2017 graduate of National Law University Odisha. He is currently a legal research associate for the Centre for Policy Research- Namati Environmental Justice Program.

Denis Bindi

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined January 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
my name denis bindi ,i work at namati at bo office as office assistant.

Denis Kimathi

Kenya  
Namati
Joined December 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation
Denis was born in Kenya and graduated from Daystar University with a BA in Communication (Electronic and Print Media).

He enjoys telling stories that are important for the world to engage with, and that allow people to learn something new or look at a subject differently.

He brings to Namati the diverse experience in branding, design and content creation having worked for over 8 years with organisations such as AMREF, PLAN and AWF.

Dionisio Chitsumba

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined May 2016
Interests: Corruption
Oficial de Desenvolvimento comunitario
Oficial de campo
Formador provincial de MMVs
Docente na ES.Mapinhane

Eduardo Malo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Eduardo Malo has over a decade of experience in grassroots advocacy around health and human rights. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Coordinator of Community Programes for Geração BIZ, a national initiative aiming to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents and youth. From 2007 to 2011 he was employed by the Irish organization TRÔCAIRE, where his work focused on building the institutional capacity of Mozambican commmunity-based organizations working in schools to prevent unwanted pregnancy, gender-based violence, and HIV. Prior to joining Namati in 2014, Malo spent three years in Mozambique’s remote northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, where he served as Program Officer for Pathfinder International. His work in Cabo Delgado focused on promoting and protecting the right to health of vulnerable populations, including sex workers, gay men, intravenous drug users, and those in prison. Malo has earned certificates from both REPROLATINA-Brasil and UNFPA Moçambique and has a degree in Human Resources Management from the Universidade Pedagógica de Moçambique.
Along me to the group for the interest to develop and deepen my knowledge on good practices under the health law.

Eileen Wakesho

Kenya  
Namati
Joined July 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Governance, Land & Natural Resources
#WomenLandRighs, Research and policy Advocacy

Eleanor Thompson

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined October 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a human rights lawyer working with Namati in Sierra Leone. By joining the network, I am looking to learn from others who are at the forefront of harnessing and using the law to bring about positive changes in their communities or countries.

Ellie Feinglass

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined June 2012
Interests: Health
Ellie has been living and working in sub-saharan Africa since 2000. Prior to joining Namati, she worked with Partners in Health in Neno, Malawi, where she was Director of PIH’s Program on Social and Economic Rights. Ellie previously established and managed the Clinton Foundation’s pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Malawi, where she focused on bringing care and treatment to marginalized families and played a key role in launching the country’s early infant diagnosis program. From 2002-2005, she worked in Nkwanta, Ghana with the Population Council and Ghana Health Service on scaling-up the national Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) initiative in an effort to decentralize primary health care and increase access among the rural poor. Ellie has also worked with Pathfinder International in Mozambique, the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Botswana, the Institute for Global Health at UCSF/UC Berkeley, IRC, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization in Geneva. Since 2006, she has served as Advisor and Board Member of YOSSA, a grassroots orphan program in central Malawi. Ellie holds a MSc in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University.

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Eni Dionisio

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Health
Por enquanto

Erin Kitchell

United States  
Namati
Joined July 2016
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources
I work on land and natural resource rights in West Africa. In particular, I focus on how decentralization is affecting ideas of citizenship, its impact on customary rights, and the opportunities it may open for enhancing accountability to local citizens. I also work with local associations to conduct action-research on the use of negotiated local land use planning as a conflict management tool. I am currently affiliated with the Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agricole, the Pôle Pastoral et Zones Sèches, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Esidro Vilanculo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined June 2018
Interests: Access to Information
Crente da Igreja Velha Apostolica, enfermeiro desde 2015 e Assistente Tecnico do Programa em Namati Moçambique.

Esther Samura

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Eugenia Alberto

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined August 2017
Interests: Health, Women's Rights
por incluir mais tarde

Farida Taju

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined February 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Health
Farida was born in Maxixe District in Inhambane Province, Mozambique. She studied Accelerated Accounting and Management at the Employment Training Institute and is currently enrolled in the Political History and Public Management program at the Pedagogical University, Inhambane Delegation. She previously worked as a peer educator at PROLIR, promoting leadership for girls, and as a research assistant on a CARE International study of living standards in Inhambane Province.

Fatima Issufo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Health
por enquanto

Fatmata Fouard-Kanu

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined January 2015

Felisberto Chauque

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined August 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Corruption, Health
por incluir

Frederick Mannah

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined January 2019
Community Paralegal with Namati Salone

Geraldo Guilundo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined March 2017
Interests: Health
por incluir mais tarde

Gibrilla Turay

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined July 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice
I studied Accounting and Finance and have engaged in survey research and statistical analysis and have worked across a number of companies in Sierra Leone

I developed a strong motivation for joining the network because of its mission and vision in identifying negative trends in society and advocates for policy reform, building grass-root legal advocates that interface between vulnerable people and policy makers which am passionate to be a team player

Gracio Magule

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Health
Por enquanto

Hasmukh Dhumadiya

India  
Namati
Joined June 2017
Interests: Education, Environmental Justice
My name is Hasmukh dhumadiya, I living in gujarat coastal from okha.i like to work with village people and helping them.

Hassan Sessay

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Having secured my Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Agricultural Economics from Njala University in Sierra Leone, all my work experiences have been on providing services to humanity in the areas of Humanitarian, Human Rights and community development, hence a development practitioner.
From 2007 to 2013, I have served with Timap for Justice (a Paralegal institution in Sierra Leone that provides primary justice to indigent citizens) as a community based Paralegal and Lead Paralegal. Throughout my career, I have worked in coordinating Paralegals and paralegal work country wide, I involved myself as a human rights defender in the protection and promotion of the rights of individuals, and communities with special reference to minority groups. I contributed in reuniting family members and revitalized the subverted fate of many school going children through mediation, advocacy and navigating appropriate authorities.
As an expert in mediation, I have supervised at district level the implementation of a community mediation programme with Timap for Justice. As a measure to increase access to justice to the rural poor, I extensively trained mediators at community level in various mediation skills so as to enable them handle or settle minor disputes arising at village level.
From 2013 to date, I am serving as a Legal Empowerment Advocate and engaged in helping communities to protect their customary land rights, natural resources and the environment. I continuously provide education to communities on laws and policies related to land and the environment, ensured an ethical business between investors and land owners by taking them through the various processes involved before, during and after leasing land to investors. I help in preparing communities and individuals to hold companies or investor accountable for environmental degradation caused. I am also assisting communities to demarcate their land and prepare a governance system at village level for effective and efficient management of their land and other natural resources.

Henriqueta Chongo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Health
Por enquanto

Hortencia Alange

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2015
Interests: Health
Namati Mocambique, Programa Direito A Saude

Ibrahim R. Kanu

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined January 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
My name is Ibrahim R. Kanu, the office assistant of Namati Makeni office. i was born on the 25th october, 1986 at Tonkolili District Gbonkolenken Chiefdom Yele town. I attended at the Government secondary school for Boy Magburaka and later went to the Northern Polytechnic college Maken campus and purse a Higher Teacher's certificate in Agricultural Science.

Indira Sarma

United States  
Namati
Joined March 2015
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. Indira brings over a decade of experience at the nexus of programming, operations, and resource development with international NGOs. She most recently served as the Associate Director for New Program Development at Jhpiego/Johns Hopkins University, where she spent five years leading efforts in proposal development, program design, and technical writing for maternal/newborn health and HIV programs worldwide. She was the lead author for Jhpiego’s successful $500 million dollar proposal for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, the U.S. government’s flagship effort to end preventable maternal and child deaths around the world. From 2004 to 2008, she worked on public health and humanitarian aid programs with CARE across Asia and Africa, including a year managing resource development for CARE’s emergency operations in Darfur, Sudan. She has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 40 countries worldwide, including four years in India and the Sudan. Indira holds a bachelors degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and a masters in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

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Isac Florinda

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined December 2018
Interests: Health
First of all I address my salutation,Iam Isac,I was a trainee of english course at Vilankulo teacher training institute ,graduated by Sasol as a painter ,I like so much Reading any leiture,my hobbies Is to take care for garden,cutting a grass and prune my smoll plants over there,further Iam happier for having become a defender on right to health of namati,my enterest Is to Grant justice,improvement in healh service supply and legal empowerment.

Jaron Vogelsang

United States  
Namati
Joined April 2014
Jaron Vogelsang is the Program Manager for Namati’s Community Land Protection Program. He brings with him over eight years of experience in human rights program and strategy management, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Namati, Jaron served as the Program Officer for Natural Resource Rights at American Jewish World Service and managed a $1 million grants portfolio in Kenya, Uganda, and Liberia focused on land rights and accountability in the extractive sector.

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Jay Monteverde

United States  
Namati
Joined July 2020
Interests: Environmental Justice
Jay has advocated for human rights and social justice through grassroots organizing and legal and policy advocacy for 20 years, focused largely on environmental justice, immigrant rights, and protection of civil liberties. At Namati, he leads the US environmental justice program, working with the U.S. program team to assist U.S. legal empowerment advocates and communities impacted by environmental injustice.

Jay started his legal career at the Illinois Attorney General's Office, where he handled environmental justice and other public interest litigation, investigations, and policy matters. He later moved to China and worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, supporting grassroots organizations to push for environmental enforcement, transparency, and access to justice. Most recently, Jay co-founded Breach Collective, which partners with activists and frontline communities to advance climate justice through organizing, legal advocacy, and storytelling-based communications campaigns. Jay was born and raised in Chicagoland.

Jeneba Turay

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined June 2020
Office Assistant at the Namati Sierra Leone team.

Jenefer Sesay

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Jenna Hudson

United States  
Namati
Joined August 2018
Hello! I provide critical leadership and support to the operations and people functions at Namati to ensure we are better, stronger, and more effective as we continue to grow the movement for legal empowerment. I started at Namati as a Fellow with Namati’s Learning team while I was finishing my Masters in International Policy and Development. I transitioned to global operations because of my conviction in the spirit of Namati and our people in order to support meaningful organizational development rooted in our core values.

John Conteh

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined June 2017
Holds a Higher Teachers Certificate Secondary from the Northern Polytechnic, now Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology, Makeni where I studied Language Arts and Religious and Moral Education. Upon graduation worked as a teacher at the Government Secondary School for Girls, Mathora before joining Timap for Justice; one time leading human rights organisation in Sierra Leone. Rose from paralegal to the rank of a Manager and a Lead Paralegal. I worked in Bombali and Tonkolili Disricts in Northern Sierra Leone as well as Bo and Kenema Districts in the South and East of Sierra Leone respectively.Worked with Timap for justice for six years . key responsibilities being but not limited to recording cases and finding concrete pratical soutions to them, visiting communities and giving legal education, solving individual and community level problems. Started work with Namati as a Legal empowerment Advocate on June, 2017.

Jossias Chitive

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Health
por enquanto

Kalpana Yadav

United States  
Namati
Joined September 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Women's Rights
A human rights advocate from India, currently working as the Global Programs Fellow at Namati.

Kanchi Kohli

India  
Namati
Joined May 2012
Interests: Access to Information, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources
LEGAL ADVISOR, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, New Delhi, India (in collaboration with Centre for Policy Research)
Kanchi Kohli is researcher, writer and campaigner working on environment, forest and biodiversity governance in India and their interface with trade and industrialisation. Her work seeks to draw empirical evidence from sites of conflict and locates it within the legal and policy processes. Kanchi’s work emphasises the need for both research and advocacy as essential to highlight aspects of regulatory design and how it influences ultimate outcomes related to livelihood and ecological security. She has individually and in teams authored several publications, papers and popular articles on the above mentioned subjects.In her current profile she seeks to work with the strength of different national and international networks/organisations as well as several grassroots groups, in her independent capacity.

Namati’s Environmental Justice Program, India, works in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research.

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Kemoh morray Bangalie

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined July 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
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Ker Jayendrasinh

India  
Namati
Joined July 2017
Works as Envoro legal coordinator with the CPR Namati Environmental Justice prgram

Kurniawan Sabar

Indonesia  
Namati
Joined October 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
Working in issues of Environmental justice and Land Rights. Want to learn and share widely about community's efforts and solutions in struggle for land and environment rights.

Kush Tanvani

India  
Namati
Joined June 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice
I have completed my graduation in Bachelor of Arts and Law. During the course of my graduation, I had the opportunity to intern extensively in field of environment and criminal law. By joining this discourse I look forward to continue my learning and also contribute in any way possible.

Laura Goodwin

Kenya  
Namati
Joined January 2012
Interests: Citizenship, Generalist Legal Services, Land & Natural Resources
Laura is Namati's Citizenship Program Director. The program works with communities who have citizenship in law, but in practice continue to face discrimination in attempts to access proof of nationality or related rights and services. Paralegals from these communities empower others to overcome discriminatory treatment to access legal identity documents and drive changes to the national legal framework on citizenship rights. The Citizenship Program is implemented with partners in Kenya and Bangladesh and provides technical support to organizations in Myanmar and Jordan.

Laura previously established and managed Namati’s Myanmar Program, which is primarily focused on land rights.

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Lee Boyce

United States  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Namati's Director of Finance and Administration. Over the past decade, Lee has worked with several grant-based organizations in international development. At the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, he served as an international staff accountant responsible for the Southern and East Africa, as well as Latin America Caribbean, portfolio before moving to the field to assume the role of financial manager for the Iraq program. Most recently, as the International Grant Manager for the American Bar Association, he oversaw association compliance with grant regulations and agreements, financial oversight of all 40 association field offices, and the development of the grant policies and procedures including the association NICRA. He holds a Masters in Business Management from the University of Maryland.

Lina Sitoe

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Health
Por enquanto

Lucia Belen Araque

Argentina  
Namati
Joined September 2020
Abogada y maestranda en Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (UBA). Docente e investigadora.

Luciana Bercovich

Spain  
Namati
Joined September 2013
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation
Luciana Bercovich is currently collaborating with Namati´s network team, building and shaping a strong legal empower community in Latin America. She was a co-director of ACIJ – Civil Association for Equality and Justice. She is an attorney with expertise in the areas of housing and city rights, access to justice, and legal empowerment of the poor. She has been working with grassroots and social movements for more than ten years. She was also a university professor on human rights and constitutional Law. She has written books, papers, and articles about social rights and access to justice.

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Mahabaleshwar Hegde

India  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Manju Menon

India  
Namati
Joined November 2012
DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM.
Manju has researched environmental decision making process in the regulatory and public arenas since the completion of her Masters Program at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1998. Her areas of work are the environmental law making and implementation processes related to the siting and regulation of infrastructure projects. She has investigated these processes in the context of hydropower, coal and nuclear power projects. These research projects and advocacy for improved decision making have been collaborative efforts undertaken in partnership with local community organisations, regional and thematic networks. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded the Nehru-Fulbright fellowship in 2011 and is currently based at the Anthropology Department, Yale University for the writing of her thesis. She has been a member of Kalpavriksh, an environment research group, since 2000. She has written on environment related subjects for the popular media and has several publications to her credit.

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Marcolino Nhancale

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined February 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Family
Sou uma pessoa extrovertida, gosto de fazer novas amizades.

Margarida Majive

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Health
Por enquanto

Marlon Manuel

Philippines  
Namati
Joined December 2011
Marlon has more than two decades of experience in legal empowerment work, having devoted practically his entire career to social justice and human rights lawyering. He has combined grassroots education activities with active involvement in strategic litigation on human rights and public interest issues, policy reform work on social justice legislation, and justice system reform programs on improving access to justice.

From 2008-2017, Marlon was the Coordinator of the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), a coalition of twenty (20) legal resource NGOs in the Philippines with distinct programs that are primarily concerned with the pursuit of public interest, respect for human rights, and promotion of social justice. Before joining Namati, he has served as member of the Global Legal Empowerment Network’s Guidance Committee.

Marlon is a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1994. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management (Major in Legal Management) from the College of Arts and Sciences of the same university.

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Marta Almela

Spain  
Namati
Joined February 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Humanitarian professional with long term engagement in the human rights, protection and access to justice sector, with a particular focus on Latin America.

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Maruti Gouda

India  
Namati
Joined January 2015

Maya Dudley

United States  
Namati
Joined October 2020
Fellow under Stacey Cram

McKinley Charles

Canada  
Namati
Joined February 2016
I serve as Namati's Director of Communications. Prior to joining Namati, I was a Communications Advisor for ActionAid in Nigeria and Liberia, developing and implementing strategies for the organizations and their rights-based programs and advocacy campaigns. I have worked in similar capacities for a sexual and reproductive health NGO in Nigeria, a social enterprise in Canada, and with UNICEF in the Eastern Caribbean. I graduated from York University (Toronto, Canada) with degrees in film and video production and international development.

Mia Velasco

United States  
Namati
Joined August 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Family, Gender-based violence
I am Senior Global Systems Officer at Namati. I lead the technology strategy for Namati to optimize our internal workflows and knowledge management practices.

Michael Otto

United States  
Namati
Joined December 2014
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice
As the Network Manager, Michael works on learning initiatives and operations within the Global Legal Empowerment Network. This includes learning exchanges, the resource library, and the annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course, as well as other areas such as communications and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked within access to justice, legal empowerment, and international development since 2004.

Michael Zanchelli

United States  
Namati
Joined November 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building
I'm the Manager of Learning and Research with Namati. Interested in understanding the types of information that can help those in the legal empowerment field make better decisions and have a greater impact.

Mohamed Jalloh

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined June 2020
Paralegal at the Namati Sierra Leone team.

Mohamed S Kamara

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined January 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
I am mohamed s kamara office assistant port loko office Namati Sierra Leone.

Morgan Hargrave

United States  
Namati
Joined November 2018
I work on the Global Programs team at Namati. My background is in organizing, human rights, and civic engagement.

Mustafa Mahmoud Yousif

Kenya  
Namati
Joined July 2012
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Land & Natural Resources
Mustafa Mahmoud is the Senior Program and Advocacy Officer for Namati’s Citizenship Program. He has 7 years’ experience supporting partner organizations working with community-based paralegals on Citizenship issues in Kenya, Bangladesh, Jordan, and Myanmar. Before joining Namati, he was the Program Manager at the Nubian Rights Forum, a Kenyan NGO, where he managed a team of 7 paralegals assisting the Nubian ethnic minority in applying for citizenship documents. His responsibilities included overseeing casework, managing an online paralegal case database, and advocacy efforts. Mustafa also has previous experience with a wide range of community work, including hosting radio programs such as Uhaki Radio Programme: Showcasing Politically Motivated Violence, and Uhaki Radio Programme: Re-integration of Ex-inmates, and volunteering with the Kenyan Red Cross.

Mustafa is passionate about solving injustices, enlightening communities through civic education, networking with government and civil society counterparts, and providing technical support to other NGOs starting similar paralegal projects. He is currently pursuing a degree in Development Studies at the University of Eastern Africa Baraton, Nairobi.

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Mustapha Kanu

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined December 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
I am Mustapha Kanu, a Monitoring and Evaluations professional who believe in a society were the law is not just for the most powerful but seeks the interest of the poor with equity. I believe that empowerment is change and constant change is development and one way to get development is by getting the people to know what is for them and how they can use it. Being part of a team which strive towards achieving development through legal empowerment with an approach of shared learning and consultation, is just the right place. i am part of this network to share experiences, learn with others and improve on how we can achieve our goals.

Mutanu Kyany'a

Kenya  
Namati
Joined May 2020
Global Network Associate - Namati

Nawhla Thazinn

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined October 2017
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice
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Nélia Manganhela Nhatsave

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined March 2020
Interests: Education, Family, Health
Nelia Manganhela Nhatsave, 34 anos, licenciada em Enfermagem Pediátrica e actualmente concluindo o mestrado em Saúde Publica na Universidade Eduardo Mondlane.

Nikhila S

India  
Namati
Joined November 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
Interested in tenure security, conservation designated zones, Environment Justice

Nwe Ni Soe

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined March 2016
Interests: Land & Natural Resources
Nwe Ni Soe is a social activist and development worker from Myanmar. Since 2006, she has worked for several International Non-Government Organizations including World Concern (Myanmar), Help Age International, ACTED and Association for Aid and Relief (AAR- Japan). She has knowledge and work experience in community development, anti-drug abuse and rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, harm reduction, emergency relief programs, community-based rehabilitation for the disabled, and land issues. In 2014, she took up Master's in International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

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Ofelia Paunde

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Interests: Health
Ofelia Paunde, formada em Historia na area de Desenvolvimento Comunitario, experiencia na coordenacao de actividades comunitarias, inicialmente trabalhou 3 anos na AMODEFA ( 2005-2007), posteriormente entre 2008- 2010 na Pathfinder Internacional com Programas de Saude Sexual e Reprodutiva voltado para Adolescente e Jovens Geracao Biz, entre 2010-2013 trabalhou na PSI com Grupos de Alto Risco. Entre 2013-2014 trabalhou novamente na Pathfinder Internacional como Oficial de Envolvimento Comunitario no Programa de promocao do Planeamento Familiar e actualmente trabalha na NAMATI como Oficial de Programa de Empoderamento legal no ambito da Promocao do Direito a saude.

Peninah Irungu

Kenya  
Namati
Joined March 2020
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence
I am a qualified Public Accountant (CPA K) with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) from Kenyatta University. I am currently pursuing an MBA in Finance from University of Nairobi. I have over 8 years experience working with International Nonprofit organizations with professional skills ranging from Financial management and reporting, implementation of accounting policies and procedures, tax compliance, procurement and payroll administration. Prior to joining Namati Kenya, i have been the Finance Manager at International Training & Education Center for Health(I-TECH) Kenya for 7 years. I have also worked at Samaritan's Purse International Kenya as an Accountant. I've joined Namati Kenya as the Senior Finance Officer responsible for all financial and procurement activities supporting the Kenya programs. I'm passionate about social empowerment and advocacy programs especially on marginalized communities. I was born and raised in Nakuru County in Kenya.

Phyu Phyu Win

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined August 2019
Lawyer from Myanmar

Poorvi Chitalkar

United States  
Namati
Joined September 2020
Poorvi Chitalkar is the Learning Agenda Specialist at Namati. In this role, she leads efforts to generate new knowledge on legal empowerment, connecting research and program experimentation to drive learning. She supports collaboration among practitioners from Namati and the Legal Empowerment Network as well as researchers to advance comparative learning across diverse contexts.

Prakash Patel

India  
Namati
Joined April 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
Working On Environment Issue

Richard Sesay

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined June 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
I am a holder of a bachelor of science degree from Fourah Bay College. After graduating in 2003, I joined the teaching profession. I taught for 5 years and then joined Timap for Justice and worked as a criminal justice paralegal. During my time with Timap, I did a lot of empowerment work with suspects and accused persons. In 2015, I left Timap for Justice and went back to teach. Having got the passion to help people, I decided to join NAMATI, to continue the work I have started. I am happy to be part of this great family.

Rosália Cuco

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined August 2019
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Health
Rosália Maria Cuco, nasceu em Maputo, filha de uma família humilde, trabalhou na Liga de direitos Humanos como paralegal, sempre lutou pela direitos humanos.

Rosie Thompson Stone

United States  
Namati
Joined March 2020
Interests: Access to Information, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services
Senior Legal Officer, U.S. Program, Namati

Rowena Ndakwe

Kenya  
Namati
Joined January 2020
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence
I am a monitoring and evaluation expert , with a passion for working communities and utilizing data to realize even greater impact in the communities that we serve. I am currently working with Namati as Senior M&E Officer based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sampada Nayak

India  
Namati
Joined July 2018
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Health, Land & Natural Resources
Sampada Nayak is a graduate from National Law University Odisha. She is working as a Legal Research Associate for the Centre for Policy Research- Namati Environmental Justice Program.

Sarah Kamara

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Sarrah Mustapha Fofanah

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined September 2018
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health
I am the Operations Associate for Namati, Sierra Leone. As a residing citizen of this country, I have learnt over the years that most of our problems and suffering stem from either not being aware of our rights or being aware and not believing the law can be enforced to our advantage. A great number of our population being illiterate suffer from the lack of awareness of their basic rights and laws to protect them. Unfortunately, the literate few who are aware of their basic rights are sometimes not aware of existing laws to protect them or do not believe in the institution charged with the power to enforce them or the know-how. Being part of a movement that creates legal awareness and empowerment is an act of patriotism for me and will give me the opportunity to play a small role in a much larger fight.

Satnam Kaur

India  
Namati
Joined March 2014
Interests: Environmental Justice
Satnam Kaur has been associated with non-governmental organisations for more than a decade, including The Other Media, a broad-based platform in support of people’s movements in India, and Biblio, the literary magazine. Satnam has worked to provide secretarial, administrative as well as accounting assistance in these organisations. She has also been a research assistant, handling and sorting raw data and doing quantitative analysis for various studies on the Bhopal gas victims and for the Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD). Since 2003, she has also been associated with Saheli, a women’s collective that has been working on issues of violence against women, women’s reproductive health, communal violence and its impacts on women for more than three decades.

Namati’s Environmental Justice Program, India, works in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research.

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Selma Melkich

United States  
Namati
Joined January 2020
Interests: Citizenship, Environmental Justice, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
I am a Senior Global M&E and Learning Officer on the Global Programs team at Namati based in Washington, D.C. I am brand new to Namati and am looking forward to learning about the work of the Network and connecting with everyone to see how we can use M&E to track the great work the Network is already doing.

Serano Varela

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined April 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Governance, Health
Serano Varela

Sheik Mannah

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined November 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources
Born and raised in Sierra Leone, schooled in Bo and did my degree at Fourah Bay College, have worked in both the public and private sector.

Sonia Magaia

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined April 2016
Interests: Generalist Legal Services, Health
Sónia has 15 years of grassroots public health experience, with a focus on community education and participatory development. She began her career in the Ministry of Health, where she was responsible for designing communications and educational materials and organizing community mobilization campaigns around health. She then went on to work for the Organização Média, Comunicação e Desenvolvimento (MCOD) overseeing efforts to prevent HIV and diarrheal disease, and more recently for ESTAMOS, where she supervised health promotion activities, including an initiative to promote optimal infant feeding practices. Born in Mozambique’s Zambezia Province, Sónia has a degree in Communications Science from the Universidade Apolitécnica in Maputo. She joined Namati in March of 2016.

Sonia Park

United States  
Namati
Joined May 2019
Sunyoung "Sonia" Park is the Justice Financing Advisor at Namati. In this role, she leads efforts to mobilize resources and support for grassroots legal empowerment work globally. Before joining Namati, Sonia spent 9 years supporting systems-changing social entrepreneurs around the world. She led Ashoka's Global Venture team to grow and innovate the search and selection of Ashoka Fellows, and launched Ashoka in South Korea. Earlier in her career, Sonia taught students of foreign affairs and worked as a trade policy analyst with the Korean Embassy in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a graduate degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo

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Sonia Uamusse

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined September 2020
Interests: Health
Comecei a trabalhar na Namati este ano (2020) como educadora de comunitaria. Conecto me a rede como forma de estar a par sobre como posso apoiar as comunidades na defesa dos seus direitos.

Sonkita Conteh

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined November 2011
Sonkita leads Namati’s work in Sierra Leone. He has been a legal practitioner of the High Court of Sierra Leone for a decade and holds a master’s degree in human rights and democratization from the University of Pretoria. He previously worked as a consultant for the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions Africa Office in Accra, Ghana. Whilst there he researched and reviewed law and policy on the right to water and sanitation in South Africa and Ghana; drafted amicus curiae briefs, publications and training manuals; and provided training to civil society organizations.

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Sophie Adhiambo

Kenya  
Namati
Joined October 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Sophie Adhiambo joins Namati as the Program Associate Community Land Protection Program, Kenya. As a trained lawyer, she is passionate about legal empowerment and working with people to train them on their legal rights.

Stacey Cram

United Kingdom  
Namati
Joined April 2015
Stacey Cram has advised and lobbied on national and global policy development across a range of thematic issues. She is currently working on the UN Post 2015 process to ensure that citizen priorities influence the agenda, with a strong focus on justice, governance and the data revolution. She joins Namati from Restless Development where she was the Head of Global Policy and Practice, leading on their Post 2015 work. Previously, she has supported national civil society organisations, governments and multilateral organisations to develop education, youth, information and gender policies and to create citizen feedback mechanisms. In Nigeria, she worked for DFID’s Education Programme, supporting stakeholders to strengthen accountability mechanisms to deliver quality, inclusive education and advance civil society organisations capacities in research, advocacy and policy engagement. She also worked at Right To Play and Chartwell Education, led by the former US Secretary of Education Rod Paige; and consulted for USAID, CORE, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. She is passionate about citizens’ role in state accountability mechanisms, governance and open data. Stacey holds an MA in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Global Governance and Public Policy from Birkbeck College, Univeristy of London.

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Stuart Merkel

United States  
Namati
Joined December 2019
Strategic Advisor, Development at Namati

Tim Millar

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined August 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building

Tin Tin Lin

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined November 2015
I am Finance and Administrative Officer at Namati, Myanmar.

Tommy Abdulai

Sierra Leone  
Namati
Joined April 2015

Tran Hoang

United States  
Namati
Joined April 2020
Senior Operations Associate at Namati US

Vidya Viswanathan

India  
Namati
Joined July 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
Development Sector Professional with over 6 years of experience in various areas. Particularly, interested in environmental issues and regulations, climate change, social action, community action, land rights, grassroots legal empowerment and social movements.

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Vinod Patgar

India  
Namati
Joined June 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice
Working as Enviro-legal coordinator in Centre for Policy Research –Namati Environmental Justice Program, India.since August, 2013. Current Job involves working with communities who are dependent on environment and traditional livelihood in Uttar Kannada, Karnataka coast. Job involves conducting small surveys on environmental problems and studying environmental laws to find remedies for the problem and also conducting research for policy recommendation and environmental conservation.
Worked with communities in bringing awareness about CRZ law and implementation of CRZ law for conservation of coastal ecosystems

Vivek Maru

United States  
Namati
Joined November 2011
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources
Vivek founded Namati in 2011 to grow the movement for legal empowerment around the world. Namati and its partners have built cadres of grassroots legal advocates– also known as “community paralegals”– in eight countries. The advocates have worked with over 40,000 people to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

Namati convenes a community of 650+ legal empowerment organizations from all over the world who are collaborating on common challenges and learning from one another. This community successfully advocated for inclusion of access to justice in the new global development framework, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

From 2003 to 2007, Vivek co-founded and co-directed the Sierra Leonean organization Timap for Justice, which has been recognized by the International Crisis Group, Transparency International, and President Jimmy Carter as a pioneering model for delivering justice services in the context of a weak state and a plural legal system.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World Bank. His work focused on rule of law reform and governance, primarily in West Africa and South Asia.

In 1997-1998 he lived in a hut of dung and sticks in a village in Kutch, his native place, working on watershed management and girls’ education with two grassroots development organizations- Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghatan and Sahjeevan.

Vivek graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Yale Law School. His publications include Between Law and Society: Paralegals and the Provision of Justice Services in Sierra Leone and Worldwide in the Yale Journal of International Law and Allies Unknown: Legal Empowerment and Social Accountability in the Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights.

Vivek serves on the international advisory council of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the advisory board of the evaluation firm ID Insight, and the governing boards of the International Senior Lawyers Project and the public entrepreneurship organization Res Publica. He was an affiliate expert with the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Vivek received the Pioneer Award from the North American South Asian Bar Association in 2008. He was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2014, a “legal rebel” by the American Bar Association in 2015, and a Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship in 2016.

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Ye Yinth

Myanmar  
Namati
Joined October 2013
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF MYANMAR PROGRAM. Ye Yint joined Namati in 2013. Previously, he worked about a decade with private law firms, community development programs focused on HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, and public health. He has experiences managing programs, aimed at increasing access to public services and strengthening social protections for at-risk populations and the grassroots community. Ye Yint started studying law at the Yangon University in 1996. Addition to the law degree, he holds Master of Public Administration from the Yangon University of Economics.

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Zulficar Buraimo

Mozambique  
Namati
Joined November 2017
Banker with over 15 years’ experience, with work history in several bank back office functions. I have as well, background as a business developer and co-funded Bur Invest group company. I have recently joint Namati Family and I'm looking forward to learn to dealing with Donor requirement and procedures and share my financial, administrative and operational background experience.
Michael Otto is the network champion (main point of contact) for Namati.

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