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August 17, 2016

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Governance, Post-2015 Agenda Norway flag

This article was originally published in the Norwegian news outlet, Aftenposten, on August 12, 2016. The Norwegian version can be read here.    Since World War II many countries have come to respect fundamental liberties, at least by the letter of the law. But for billions of people around the world those laws aren’t worth…

August 14, 2016

Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

by Jennifer Duncan and Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Governance, Land & Natural Resources Liberia

This article was originally published by Thompson Reuters Foundation.   The government of Liberia has an unprecedented opportunity to pass progressive land reform legislation that could positively impact millions of people, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. If Liberia’s legislature doesn’t vote to adopt the draft Land Rights Act before it goes on recess…

August 9, 2016

Leadership in Action

by Namati in General Vivek Maru hero image

In June, SiriusXM’s Business Radio program, Leadership in Action, interviewed Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru. The audio from the show is now available below. Business Radio features world-renowned and distinguished executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. Broadcasting from Wharton’s Ivy League campus and Silicon Valley, Business Radio covers every aspect of business in…

August 1, 2016

Groundtruthing Environmental Violations in Chhattisgarh, India

by McKinley Charles in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Namati News Screenshot 2016-08-01 16.30.39

Namati and the Centre for Policy Research are pleased to release the second report in their series on community-led groundtruthing exercises in India. The report, Closing the Enforcement Gap: Groundtruthing of Environmental Violations in Sarguja, Chhattisgarh, outlines how representatives from three villages in the state of Chhattisgrah in central India used the process of groundtruthing to establish that the…

August 1, 2016

Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research Photo_Myanmar female farmer Namati_1954

A new policy brief has been released emphasizing the need for the Myanmar government to put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to farmers who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process or compensation.  According to the Parliamentary Land Investigation Committee, more than 500,000 acres of land in Myanmar…

July 14, 2016

Measuring progress on peace and justice: New global data site for SDG16

by The SDG16 Data Alliance in Post-2015 Agenda Screenshot SDG16 Data website

Press Release United Nations, July 14, 2016 – A coalition of international organizations today launched an online initiative to chart progress on one of the most challenging of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the commitment to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies” in all parts of the world, with measurable objectives in specific…

July 13, 2016

Video: What Do We Mean by Legal Empowerment?

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network vivek on stage oslo cropped

In this short video, Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, describes the movement for legal empowerment. He tells the story of 70 families in Sierra Leone who won their land back after a chief sold it to a Chinese rubber company without asking them. And the story of a single mom in India, Manisha Goswami, who…

July 8, 2016

It’s time Canada makes access to justice a reality for all

by Adrian Di Giovanni, Vivek Maru, and Lotta Teale in Governance Getty Images

When a child is denied access to school, or an ailing person is shut out of a hospital, the media are quick to expose the injustice. Denial of health care or an education is unthinkable for most Canadians, yet access to justice, particularly for non−criminal issues, is out of reach for millions in this country,…

June 29, 2016

5 Ways the Network Survey Results Influenced our Plans

by Michael Otto in Global Legal Empowerment Network Blue world map

This past December and January we asked members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network about the needs and challenges of their work, and how we can grow stronger as a community. People from 52 countries responded. As we cross the half-year mark, we wanted to share what we learned from the survey, what we’ve done…

June 15, 2016

Forbes: “A New League Of ‘Barefoot Lawyers’ Will Transform Justice In The Next 15 Years”

by Meera Vijayann, contributor in General Nadim Hossain, Bangladeshi pharmacist and Namati client

For the average person, a lawyer may conjure up the image of a professional in a buttoned-down jacket straight out of the legal drama, Suits. But not to Nadim Hossain, a local pharmacist in the city of Khulna, Bangladesh. One of 300,000 Urdu-speaking Bangladeshis settled in a refugee camp set up by the Red Cross…

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