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September 25, 2018

Help Us Demand Justice For All at the United Nations

by Vivek Maru in Network Dispatch, Post-2015 Agenda

We live in challenging times. While the movement for legal empowerment is stronger than ever, so are the forces working to stymie access to justice across the globe. Today, we have a unique opportunity to change that, by making justice for all a central issue for world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly. We…

September 24, 2018

What next for Sierra Leone’s endangered forests?

by Sonkita Conteh, Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

Last week, the government of Sierra Leone announced that all forest logging concessions are to be suspended “with immediate effect.” This was welcomed news in a country with only 5% original forest cover remaining. In this must-read op-ed in Place, Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, writes that now “the government must work to…

September 18, 2018

Bad-Faith Contracts & Unjust Investments – How can communities protect their interests?

by Rachael Knight & Kaitlin Cordes in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

Deciding whether or not to allow an investor to use community lands and natural resources is one of the most important decisions a community can make. Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) have published two new guides to help communities prepare for interactions with investors and, if they so wish, negotiate fair, equitable contracts….

September 5, 2018

New Guides Help Communities to Negotiate Fair Contracts with Investors

by Namati, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

WASHINGTON, DC — With investors increasingly turning to more remote locations for the establishment of forestry, agribusiness, mining, and infrastructure projects, it is critical that communities worldwide gain a practical understanding of contract negotiations, according to two new guides by Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).   Launched today, the Community-Investor Negotiation…

August 31, 2018

Paralegals share lessons learned on holding community legal trainings

by Centre for Policy Research-Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment An enviro-legal coordinator holds a community legal training in Kasalagadde, India.

Paralegals with Namati and the Centre for Policy Research’s joint environmental justice program (who are called ‘enviro-legal coordinators’ or ELCs for short) have now conducted close to 75 community trainings on India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification in Uttara Kannada district. Last month, one of the program’s senior managers, Meenakshi Kapoor, held calls with senior ELCs…

August 30, 2018

New Report Pushes Back Against Global Land Rush

by CPR-Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Network Dispatch

After three years of intensive research, we are thrilled to launch Midcourse Manoeuvers: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in India, Indonesia, and Myanmar, a groundbreaking resource for frontline practitioners working with communities affected by land use change. It’s no secret that corporations and private investors, eager to turn a profit, are fueling the land…

July 28, 2018

Our Community is Taking Action: An Update on the Global Legal Empowerment Network

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network

2018 has been a busy year for our community. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is growing and deepening on many fronts. Since January, nearly a thousand new members have joined the Network, representing almost 20% growth in membership this year. Together, on every continent, we are taking on some of the most pressing justice issues…

July 25, 2018

Interview with Kav LaOved: Winner of the Grassroots Justice Prize in the #WalkTogether Prize for Courage Category

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network

The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition recognizes grassroots organizations and institutions, large and small, across the globe, that are working to put the power of law in people’s hands. The Grassroots Justice Prize is brought to you by the Global Legal Empowerment Network in collaboration with Namati, The Elders, Walk Together, UNDP, and World Justice…

July 18, 2018

On Mandela’s 100th birthday, we must continue his long walk to freedom

by Vivek Maru in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News statue of Nelson Mandela

Today is the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Madiba was a beacon for social justice — his activism paved the way for some of the world’s earliest community paralegals, who emerged in the 1950s to assist black South Africans with navigating and resisting codes of apartheid. I write to you from Johannesburg, with my…

July 13, 2018

Apply for the World’s Only Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

by Namati in Network Dispatch, Opportunities

This December, we’re bringing 60 inspiring voices together at Budapest’s Central European University for the fourth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. This gathering 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 there with us. Applications are now open…

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