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May 29, 2016

5 Ways the Network Survey Results Are Having an Impact

by Michael Otto in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network Blue world map

The first annual Network member survey results are now in! We are thrilled to have respondents from 52 countries, ensuring that we had a strong cross-section of Network members represented. The results provide interesting insight into the current state of the global legal empowerment sector and its potential future direction. Some of the results we…

May 20, 2016

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

by Vivek Trivedi in General Foam and algae float on water polluted by chemical waste as it enters the Daman River near Vapi from the Common Effluent Treatment Plant, which is operated by the Vapi Industrial Association and monitored by the Gujurat Pollution Control Board. As a result of the plant's failure to properly treat the effluent before release the river is heavily polluted downstream from here.

Vapi, an industrial city on the south coast of Gujurat State, is ranked by the Indian government in the top four sites in the country with highly critical pollution levels. There are as many as 700 small to medium scale chemical production plants in the city. Much of the chemical waste finds it way into two nearby rivers, the Kolak and the Daman.

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

May 13, 2016

The Panama Papers, Corruption and the Missing Solution

by Stacey Cram in Governance Tilt-Shift-Beach-713-40

The role of law is to provide safeguards and protection for us all. But when the law resides in the hands of a few, those few have the power to ignore it, evade it, or manipulate it to advance their own interests – often at the expense of others. Such injustices occur around the world…

April 20, 2016

Webinar: Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance

by Kanchi Kohli in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Opportunities India pink river sludge

Join us online on Thursday, May 12th to learn about groundtruthing from Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program in New Delhi. Details below.  People around the world live in areas that are being altered for industrial, infrastructure or mining projects. Their lives and occupations are being negatively impacted by problems of…

April 13, 2016

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

by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research FAO legal technical guide cover large

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…

April 11, 2016

2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Namati and the Global Network named as recipients

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News land skoll

We are pleased to announce that Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the Skoll Foundation, the award is presented to leaders or organizations that are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater…

April 5, 2016

Gendered aspects of land rights in Myanmar: Evidence from paralegal casework

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research, Women 2pierce_deitta

Namati has published a new policy brief on the gendered aspects of land rights in the hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land rights…

March 5, 2016

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Land & Natural Resources Screenshot 2016-04-05 21.29.38

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

March 4, 2016

BBC Africa: Sierra Leone Land Grab Thwarted

by McKinley Charles in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates nimiyama photo

Over 70 families have had their land returned after taking a large multinational company to court. Local leaders had sold the families’ land to Orient Agriculture Ltd. without their knowledge or consent. With the support of a Namati community paralegal, the affected families learned about their right and how to use the law to bring…

February 29, 2016

Protecting Community Lands Everything We Know in a New Guide!

by Paul McCann in Network Dispatch rachael 523 - web hero

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to launch an important new resource for frontline land rights advocates around the world: the Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide. After years of working with partners to support communities to protect their land rights, today we are sharing what we’ve learned. This Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for…

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