Putting the Law in People’s Hands
Dear Friends, 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 a threat, or a really bad joke. Namati works to place the power of law in the hands of people….
President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board
President Koroma of Sierra Leone has strongly committed his government’s support to legal aid and the work of paralegals. He made the announcement during the formal launch of the legal aid board that Namati helped bring into existence in Freetown on Thursday 19th November 2015. Namati and other civil society groups advocated for the passage of the…
Namati regularly updates members of the legal empowerment network and other supporters with news, useful resources and research; tools to improve their working and opportunities to get together and grow the field of legal empowerment. We also regularly update the network on the progress of our Justice 2015 campaign to see justice targets enshrined in the new Sustainable…
Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, explains Namati’s mission and model of working. The film was made by Ashoka to mark Vivek’s induction as an Ashoka Fellow in September 2014. At Ashoka he is part of a movement of leading social entrepreneurs from 70 countries who have each developed innovative solutions to social problems. Click…
The Paralegal Approach to Statelessness
Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, is making the case for the paralegal approach at the Global Forum on Statelessness.
“Stop Making Excuses” – Justice, post-2015 and the Arab World
By HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. To address long-term development in a way that is authentic to the Arab world, countries in the region will need to break free from the practices of the past. As the Arab Spring showed, the consequences of ignoring the voices of the marginalized can cause profound instability.
Jordan: Treating rights as rights
In the third installment of our series on legal empowerment in the Middle East, Hadeel Aziz explains how legal empowerment is emerging as a concept and in practice in Jordan.
Transforming ‘a culture of revenge’ in post-revolution Libya
Today, we launch the first in a ten-part interview series exploring the practice of legal empowerment in the Middle East. Our series begins with Abdul Elgadi, who discusses grassroots efforts to turn Al Zawiri prisons over to the Libyan state.
Vivek Maru shares insights at World Justice Forum
Watch a video of Namati CEO Vivek Maru at The Economic and Legal Empowerment panel at the 2013 World Justice Forum, where panelists focused on modern methods of legal empowerment and highlighted innovative solutions to closing the gap between written law and law as experienced by the poor.
New Study: Community experiences with access and benefit sharing under India’s Biological Diversity Law
The two-part study, issued by the Campaign for Conservation and Community Control over Biodiversity, analyzes the effect of the 2002 Biological Diversity Act. It explores whether the law can facilitate access by users and guarantee real benefits to local provider communities.