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September 23, 2019

OPINION: Care about the climate crisis? Support legal empowerment

by Vivek Trivedi in General

It is essential that during the UN General Assembly, global action plans meant to tackle climate change include funding and protection for grassroots justice and land defenders.  On Monday, world leaders will convene at the UN Climate Action Summit to discuss their plans for preventing 1.5 degrees of global warming by 2030 – the ‘tipping point’ precipitating…

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…

March 19, 2019

New collection of essays on access to justice in the US

by Vivek Maru in General, Resources & Research

The current issue of Daedalus—which is the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—focuses on access to justice in the US. All the articles are currently available for free download here. See for example this provocative framing essay by Rebecca Sandefur, which draws on years of research by her and others. Dr. Sandefur…

January 29, 2019

The World’s First Book on Community Paralegals

by Namati in Community Paralegals, General, Namati News, Resources & Research

I am thrilled to share a new book with you: Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice. Community paralegals demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves. They are at the heart of our movement for justice. But they have been largely ignored by scholars and writers. This book starts to fill that void….

November 7, 2018

The Business of Giving – An Interview with Namati’s CEO

by Namati in Community Paralegals, General, Namati News

Namati CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, joined Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving to discuss how community paralegals are working to address a variety of injustices by empowering communities to know, use, and shape the law. Vivek shares stories from India, Kenya, and the USA of injustices remedied, speaks about the use of data for…

October 12, 2018

TED Radio Hour with Vivek Maru: How Can We Make Legal Support Accessible To All?

by Vivek Maru, Namati in Community Paralegals, General

Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, appeared on the TED Radio Hour for an interview on how the movement for legal empowerment supports communities not to give up on democracy, but rather to forge a deeper version of democracy in which law is something everybody can understand, use, and shape. You can listen to the full interview…

July 7, 2018

Protect Sierra Leone’s Timber Before It’s Too Late

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Environment, General, Land & Natural Resources

Sierra Leone’s forests are disappearing because of the timber trade. Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls on the government to do its job, to put people and environment ahead of profits, and to protect the country’s land before it’s too late in the Concord Times.

May 10, 2018

Namati’s 2017 Annual Report — Now Available

by Namati in General, Namati News

We are pleased to announce the release of Namati’s 2017 annual report. We invite you to explore the facts, figures, and stories that fill its pages. Discover how many clients Namati and partners worked with and what remedies we achieved together. Read about the personal journeys of individuals like Mahmoud and Daw Nan Shan who learned how…

May 10, 2018

Op-ed: The World Bank shouldn’t hide when it funds projects that harm communities – Washington Post

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

In this essay in the Washington Post, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, makes the case for why the World Bank should not hide when it funds projects that harm communities. Instead, these institutions should make investments more accountable to the people they were set up to help. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is having rich discussions…

January 12, 2018

TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Environment, General, Global Legal Empowerment Network

In August, Namati’s CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, spoke about the global epidemic of injustice from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha — and proposed a way to fight it together. TED has now added the video recording of the talk to their website. Within four days, almost half a million people from around the world had…