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Struggles in Suriname: Learning from Namati’s Community Land Rights Database

September 16, 2016

In January 2016, a headline grabbed me. After several months of volunteering with Namati’s Community Land Rights CaseBase, I came across news of an important legal victory for indigenous land rights in Suriname, a country I knew virtually nothing about. I had been collecting case law concerning community and indigenous land rights from across Latin…

Namati contributes to FAO Technical Guide on legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure

April 13, 2016
in Governance, Land & Natural Resources

The latest technical guide on the responsible governance of tenure from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the legal dimensions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests at the national level. Rachael Knight, Director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, was one of the main authors…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

January 19, 2016
in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…