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.
I am working to grow the movement for legal empowerment by bringing our community of practitioners to life.
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.
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 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.
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan and have always had a love for the environment and helping people. I worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for almost 2 years and created my position as the first Environmental Justice Staff Attorney. I am currently the Environmental Justice consultant for Namati.
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.
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.
Trabalha em Inhambane
Anjana John is a Senior Research Associate in the Namati- CPR Environmental Justice Program, India. In past, she has worked with the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (New Delhi, India) as a research assistant and her task was to provide research assistance in public policy to the legislators of Indian Parliament. She has also done an internship with the National Human Rights Commission of India while pursuing her academics. Her areas of interests are tribal rights, social justice, energy and development. During her MPhil course, she has had the opportunity to work with one of India’s vulnerable tribal communities in Central India and do a primary research on how social inequalities have impacted the energy distribution process in the country. Anjana holds a master’s in Political Science from the University of Delhi as well as an MPhil in Development Practice from Ambedkar University Delhi.
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.
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.
Estudante de Direito Comunicativa "só aprende quem tem coragem de errar"
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.
i am working with the cpr-namati environmental justice program as a senior enviro legal coordinator, kutch ,gujarat
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Coco Lammers has been helping Namati tell its story, collaborate with others, and advocate for change since 2017. Coco has a breadth of experience working for both international and domestic human rights non-profit organizations. Coco joins Namati from Save the Children US in Washington, D.C, where she served as the global education policy lead and covered crosscutting issues, including the SDGs, citizen-generated data, conflict-affected and fragile states, and participatory accountability. Her past work experiences include carrying out communications, campaign, and advocacy strategies for UNICEF USA in New York and Save the Children in Singapore and Nepal. Coco also spent a year teaching in a small town in South India. Coco is a two-time recipient of the Princeton in Asia Fellowship and holds an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Middlebury College.
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, General Accountant for Namati.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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.
my name denis bindi ,i work at namati at bo office as office assistant.
Originally from the small town of Rowe, New Mexico, Deyla has interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland and has been a student research consultant for the International Committee of the Red Cross United Kingdom. While an undergraduate, she served as the assistant to the Associate Dean at Whittier College for four years. Deyla holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, and French from Whittier College and a master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics.
Oficial de Desenvolvimento comunitario Oficial de campo Formador provincial de MMVs Docente na ES.Mapinhane
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.
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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 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.
Sou da cidade da Matola, nos tempos de diversão estou sempre na companhia de meu filho e esposo, gosto de passear ver a praia e dançar. Experiência profissional (onde você trabalhou no passado?) Trabalhei na FGH como coordenadora de saúde Comunitaria e Comunicacao com enfoque para pessoas vivendo com HIV.
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.
I am a student and I like to learn.
Crente da Igreja Velha Apostolica, enfermeiro desde 2015 e Assistente Tecnico do Programa em Namati Moçambique.
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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.
Community Paralegal with Namati Salone
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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
My name is Hasmukh dhumadiya, I living in gujarat coastal from okha.i like to work with village people and helping them.
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.
I studied Planning, Administration and Management from Pedagogical University, in Mozambique - Zambezia. I have some skills on planning involving several stakeholders, on implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to improve the follow up and report on activity progress, lead research teams on data collection to monitor the defined indicators, working with databases and on the writing of reports to support the decision makers.
Namati Mocambique, Programa Direito A Saude
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.
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.
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 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.
Hello! I am the Global Programs Fellow at Namati! I will be supporting program teams, Namati's learning agenda, and our strategic planning and research initiatives. I am finishing the last semester of my graduate studies in International Policy and Development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California. Prior to graduate school, I studied design and architecture, but never practiced. Instead, I served as a program manager in nonprofit organizations focused on community development and venture philanthropy. I chose to pursue a graduate degree in order to transition to a more international environment and in a capacity where programs and policies intersect.
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.
I am a Global Advocacy Fellow at Namati and also currently a Master of Public Policy student at UC Berkeley. I also serve as a Senior Editor for the Berkeley Public Policy Journal and Co-President of the International Public Policy Group. Prior to my program, I most recently worked as an Analyst at the Skoll Foundation, where I helped to build the organization's ecosystem and portfolio intelligence to guide its strategy and grantmaking. Before working at Skoll, I had previously worked as a impact investing fellow in India and as a management consultant at Deloitte.
LEGAL RESEARCH DIRECTOR, 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.
Works as Envoro legal coordinator with the CPR Namati Environmental Justice prgram
Kim joined Namati in October 2018 as an Operations and Talent Specialist, focusing on operations special projects as well as on execution and iteration in Namati's hiring processes. After spending most of the first 20 years of her life in Idaho, receiving a Bachelors in Political Economy from Albertson College of Idaho, Kim found herself graduating just as the Great Recession was taking hold. After spending 2 years in Oregon working at a Jack in the Box (which she calls "the best business class I've ever taken"), she moved to Washington, DC, working in operations/HR/admin, writing, special projects and editorial operations for various organizations. Kim is passionate about improving the candidate experience in hiring processes, empowering workers globally, and brings an unequivocal lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice to her work in hiring and operations. She spends her free time playing video games, watching Youtube, and starting myriad side projects.
Krithika Dinesh holds Bachelors in Law from Faculty of Law, Delhi University. She previously did her Bachelors in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. While pursuing her academics she has had the opportunity to work with various legal and policy organisations, like PRS Legislative Research, National Human Rights Commission and Natural Justice. She is working as a Junior Research Associate for the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program. Namati’s Environmental Justice Program, India, works in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Issaquah, Washington, Madeline serves as the Global Network Associate at Namati’s Washington D.C. office. Previously she worked as a bilingual paralegal at an immigration law firm, and as an intern for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with a degree in International Studies and Human Rights. She served as a Task Force analyst with the UW Center for Human Rights in service of Los Angeles legal clinic El Rescate, publishing a research report on violence and circular migration of Central American migration to the United States and Mexico, and presented these findings at the 2017 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in León, Spain in 2014 and in Buenos Aires, Argentina through an exchange with the Universidad de San Andrés. She participated in Model United Nations and hosted her own show on the student-run Rainy Dawg Radio. Madeline enjoys hiking, screen printing and discovering new music.
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.
Sou uma pessoa extrovertida, gosto de fazer novas amizades.
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I am a freshman at American University studying International Studies and the Global Programs Intern at Namati in DC. I'm looking forward to helping in any way I can!
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.
Junior-level professional with experience in human rights and protection of human rights defenders, with a focus in Latin America.
Martha is an undergraduate student at American University pursuing a degree in Strategic Communications. Originally from a small town outside of Athens, Georgia, she relocated to Washington DC to study and has been with Namati since early 2016. As Operations Assistant, Martha is passionate about streamlining knowledge management and supporting the global staff as a whole. Her previous experience includes studying in Jordan as a National Security Critical Language Scholar with the US State Department, working as a farmhand on a dairy in the south of France, and helping manage a backpacker’s hostel in Albania.
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.
Meenakshi Kapoor has been working on environment, climate change and energy related issues since the completion of her masters program in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute in 2006. In the past, she has worked with Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group and GIZ India carrying out research projects and coordination tasks concerning environment, biodiversity, clean development mechanism and renewable energy. Being a bachelors in Education, she got drawn to working with school students and coordinated ‘Kids for Tigers’ campaign of Sanctuary Asia Magazine in Delhi NCR for a year. Since 2007, she has also been associated with Ecoexist- a social enterprise, taking care of the distribution of its eco-friendly products in Delhi. Namati’s Environmental Justice Program, India, works in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research.
I am Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Namati. My work focuses on helping to develop and maintain the strength of Namati's research and monitoring and evaluation systems.
Micah Perlin is an technology and management consultant specializing in the nonprofit sector. He has more than a decade of experience working with international development institutions, grassroots organizations, and researchers around the globe. Mr. Perlin has particular expertise developing program management solutions and monitoring and evaluation tools for organizations working in the legal empowerment field.
As the Network Officer, Michael organizes, promotes, and documents learning initiatives within the Global Legal Empowerment Network. This includes learning exchanges, the resource library, the annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course, the Justice Prize, and technical services such as Lawyers for Resource Justice. He has worked within access to justice, legal empowerment, and international development since 2004.
I am mohamed s kamara office assistant port loko office Namati Sierra Leone.
Young community development-oriented individual with the main focus to contribute to the empowerment and development of marginalized, minority and vulnerable communities. My interest in becoming part of the network is to share experiences and network with different and dynamic people as far as legal empowerment and community-based interventions and approaches are concerned while exposing myself to the wealth of resources Putting a local context on the global outlook through strategy...
I work on the Global Programs team at Namati. My background is in organizing, human rights, and civic engagement.
Mustafa is the Program Officer for Namati’s Citizenship Program. Most recently, 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.
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.
Residente em Quelimane
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.
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.
Working On Environment Issue
Working as Enviro legal coordinator with the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program
Finance Director Sierra Leone programs
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.
Roberto Manjate é especialista na gestão de programas de saúde publica e de advocacia com mais de 12 anos de experiência de trabalho
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.
Currently, Global Finance and Technology Officer at Namati in Washington, DC. Previously, I worked in global health for several years at Possible, a healthcare nonprofit that provides high-quality, low-cost healthcare in rural and peri-urban Nepal, on fundraising, finance, and operations in the US and Nepal. After completing my Masters in Human Rights and International Criminal Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, I worked with the Health Sector team at Columbia University's Millennium Villages Project on Community Health Worker policy and supporting supply chain and operations across eight country sites. Originally from Connecticut, I completed by undergraduate studies in Boston, MA and New Haven, CT, earning a dual Bachelor's magna cum laude in Political Science and Liberal Studies with a focus on Economic Geography, Psychology, and Public 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born in Xai Xai City in southern Mozambique, Stélia graduated with a degree in Political History and Public Management from Pedagogical University in Inhambane. She has worked at the UTOMI Association as a research assistant in Inhambane Province, conducting surveys with groups of Xitiques, AMETRAMO (Associação dos Médicos Tradicionais de Moçambique), peasants' associations and others. She has also been active in community health issues with Geração BIZ (PGB), assisting in HIV-related lectures, educational theater and counseling.
Having worked in NGO's democracy and development sector since around 2008 in Myanmar, in 2018 March, joined Namati Myanmar team as policy officer.
I am based in Goa, India. I've worked on issues ranging from anti human trafficking, public education and health care, land rights and gender. I have experience with community media & campaigning. Enabling engagement in policy making and use of policies & laws is important to me. I aim to contribute towards a sustainable, just and equitable future by engaging with communities at the front line of resource conflict and those facing the brunt of patriarchy, caste and other structural inequalities. My passions lie in enabling use of community centric knowledge, innovation in strategies for change, skill exchange and rights based interpretation and use of laws/policies. I believe in integrating the use of media/journalism and technology as a way for marginalized communities to begin shaping their own narratives. My worldview is grounded in a feminist perspective and I strive to be part of projects that impact development discourse. And that's what I hope to do more of via this network!
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I am Finance and Administrative Officer at Namati, Myanmar.
I am Community Builder on the Global Legal Empowerment Network team. I am working to grow the network and facilitate real and lasting connections amongst members, no matter where they are and what issues they are facing.
Vandalark R. Patricks is a Liberian human rights defenders with over ten years of progressive work in human rights protection, activism and youth development and empowerment. He is the Found and National Director of Campaigners for Change, a non-profit that operates in Liberia, West Africa and in Washington, D.C. respectively. Over the past ten years, Vandalark has stood firmly in defense of marginalized people in Liberia through sustained advocacy that involved holding of rallies against corruption and policy advocacy that challenges certain laws that are not in the interest of the people. He has deliberated on key policy issues around the world and advocated for the transformation of young minds to become productive citizens in their respective countries. He is a transformational leader and has mentored several young people and empowered them to become change agents in the communities. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
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.
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 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.
Vivek comes to Namati with ten years of experience in strategic communications, multimedia production, access to justice, and development across South Asia and the United States. Vivek draws on his legal and communications background to craft clear, unique, and compelling narratives to inform and influence dialogue on civil and human rights. Most recently at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Vivek led dynamic and collaborative communications efforts to challenge and oppose the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration. At Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), he conceptualized and coordinated the Virtual Police Station project, a first of its kind 360-degree police training and public empowerment tool to improve service delivery by law enforcement in India. He holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Touro Law Center.
PROGRAM MANAGER. Ye Yint joined to Namati in 2013, brings 8 years of experience working in community development programs focused on HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, and public health. He has managed programs aimed at increasing access to public services and strengthening social protections for at-risk populations, particularly women and children. He is looking forward to building on his experiences in community development through Namati’s legal empowerment program in Myanmar. Ye Yint studied law and hold MPA from the Yangon University of Economics.
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.
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