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July 30, 2019

A Historic Step Towards Securing Community Land Rights in Kenya

by Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News Representatives from 11 pastoralist communities gather outside the Ministry of Land

This article was originally published by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indigenous, pastoralist communities in Kenya made history last week by marching to the nation’s capital to demand official registration for their communal lands. This was unprecedented and the culmination of years of effort to empower communities to understand and claim their land rights. In 2016, the Government of…

July 15, 2019

Meet the Winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, the world’s only award that recognizes great deeds in legal empowerment. Nearly 200 organizations applied for this global prize. An eminent panel of judges awarded three groups – Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Bangladesh), City Life/Vida Urbana (United States), and NIRMAN…

July 1, 2019

Cast Your Vote for the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

Who Will You Choose to Win the Grassroots Justice Prize?   The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize is the world’s only competition recognizing grassroots organizations and institutions that are working to put the power of law into people’s hands. And now you have the chance to choose one of the winners!  Our panel of judges shortlisted five…

July 1, 2019

Apply now for the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

This December, we’re bringing together 60 inspiring voices for the fifth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course (LELC) at Budapest’s Central European University. The course is an opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together. We want you to be with us! Applications are now open…

June 21, 2019

Land Law Threatens to Displace and Criminalize Millions in Myanmar

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Myanmar is being threatened with a land grab on a massive scale. In September 2018, Myanmar’s parliament, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, passed an amendment to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin (VFV) Lands Management Law, requiring anyone occupying land classified as “vacant, fallow, or virgin” to apply for 30-year…

May 28, 2019

Annual Survey Results: 5 Things We Learned About Network Members

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Each year the Global Legal Empowerment Network conducts a survey to take stock of where our movement is and where we need to go. Over 400 Network members from 80 countries took part in this year’s survey. The results are in, and they are revealing. Here are five big takeaways. 1. Our Network is growing…

May 28, 2019

OPINION: Myanmar is confiscating land that people depend on

by Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

In Thompson Reuters, Namati’s Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe describe how Myanmar’s Vacant, Fallow, or Virgin land law is leading to a land grab on a massive scale across the country. Millions who depend on the land risk displacement and imprisonment under this new draconian law. Our recent survey of farmers in affected areas…

May 1, 2019

Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

Our community fought hard to make justice part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But world governments have not backed their words with action. In many places, injustice is growing and justice systems are getting worse. On our current trajectory, the historic commitment in the SDGs to achieve “access to justice for all” could die as…

April 25, 2019

Stopping the Digital ID Register in Kenya – A Stand Against Discrimination

by Mustafa Mahmoud in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship, Namati News

On April 1, the High Court of Kenya heard arguments challenging the legality of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba, and calling for interim orders to delay the rollout of the system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners the Nubian Rights Forum…

April 15, 2019

Namati’s 2018 Annual Report – Now Available

by Namati in General, Namati News

In 2018 we made major strides in our effort to put the power of law in people’s hands. From January to December, 155 community paralegals working with Namati and our partners supported 19,000+ active clients in 5 countries to address injustices involving land, environment, healthcare, and citizenship. Together, we achieved remedies that directly improved the…