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December 12, 2018

How not to conduct Large-scale Agricultural Investments

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

This piece by Namati Sierra Leone Director Sonkita Conteh explores how NOT to conduct large-scale agricultural investments in Sierra Leone: lessons from the Malen/Socfin land dispute. http://bit.ly/2PsHkqh

November 27, 2018

What should we get done together in 2019?

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Network Dispatch

As 2018 comes to a close, we are fired-up by what our movement has accomplished this year. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is growing by leaps and bounds, with over 1,700 organizations and 6,000 members part of our borderless movement. While many governments slide towards authoritarianism, Network members in over 150 countries are supporting communities to expand…

November 7, 2018

The Business of Giving – An Interview with Namati’s CEO

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General, Namati News

Namati CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, joined Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving to discuss how community paralegals are working to address a variety of injustices by empowering communities to know, use, and shape the law. Vivek shares stories from India, Kenya, and the USA of injustices remedied, speaks about the use of data for…

November 7, 2018

Court Orders Oil Palm Company to Return Land and Pay Arrears of Rent to Landowners in Sierra Leone

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Press Release Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 6, 2018 — The High Court of Sierra Leone has ordered bailiffs to return 41,582 hectares of land previously leased to Sierra Leone Agriculture Ltd (SLA) to three land-owning communities in Bureh, Kasseh, and Maconteh Chiefdoms in Port Loko District in northern Sierra Leone. The Indian-owned and Singapore-based company SIVA…

November 5, 2018

The Land Rights Act victory in Liberia means the work has just begun

by Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

In September, Liberia passed the long-awaited Land Rights bill into law, representing a major victory for community land rights, but the work has only just begun. This new op-ed in PLACE by Namati’s Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba of the Sustainable Development Institute – Liberia highlights key provisions of the new law and calls for a nation-wide legal education…

October 12, 2018

TED Radio Hour with Vivek Maru: How Can We Make Legal Support Accessible To All?

by Vivek Maru, Namati in General, Multimedia

Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, appeared on the TED Radio Hour for an interview on how the movement for legal empowerment supports communities not to give up on democracy, but rather to forge a deeper version of democracy in which law is something everybody can understand, use, and shape. You can listen to the full interview…

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…

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