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March 6, 2018

Take the Annual Survey & Help Shape the Direction of our Community

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Network Dispatch

Every year, we ask members and allies of the Global Legal Empowerment Network to set the direction for our community. Please help determine what we take on together by filling out our annual membership survey. Last year, members asked for greater learning opportunities within their regions. We organized in-person exchanges in Latin America and Southeast…

February 21, 2018

Announcing the Winners of the Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network the ten finalists for the grassroots justice prize

On World Social Justice Day, Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network came together with justice defenders from around the world to announce and celebrate the winners of the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize. We first launched the competition in 2015 to shine a spotlight on great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. In 2017,…

January 12, 2018

TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, General, Multimedia

In August, Namati’s CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, spoke about the global epidemic of injustice from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha — and proposed a way to fight it together. TED has now added the video recording of the talk to their website. Within four days, almost half a million people from around the world had…

January 11, 2018

Help Choose the Winner of the Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in General the ten finalists for the grassroots justice prize

In November, we launched the second biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition — the only global competition to recognize the unsung heroes of the legal empowerment movement. Now it is up to you to determine the winner. We have narrowed down the candidates for the competition’s #WalkTogether Prize for Courage to ten organizations that help people…

November 1, 2017

5 Lessons Learned From Applying a Legal Empowerment Approach to Community Land Protection in Sierra Leone

by Hassan Sesay in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

The Namati team in Sierra Leone is engaged in an ongoing effort to discover sustainable measures for community ownership, management, and administration of land and natural resources throughout the country. To this end, we have taken on a new project: the application of a legal empowerment approach to community land protection. Land administration in Sierra…

October 30, 2017

The Grassroots Justice Prize is Back — Apply or Nominate Today!

by Namati in General, Opportunities

Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that. In 2015, we launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the…

October 29, 2017

Podcast: Can Legal Empowerment Change Power Dynamics?

by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, General, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Multimedia

Access to justice is a key governance concern in developed and developing countries alike. Community legal workers aim to help poor or comparatively powerless people defend themselves against land grabs, obtain public services, and challenge corruption. Can this bottom-up approach counter powerful interests seeking to entrench their control? Can legal empowerment help respond to rising…

August 16, 2017

Passing on regulatory burdens to people is a recipe for disaster

by Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli in Environment

In the following opinion piece, Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli of the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program offer their thoughts on India’s environmental regulation plans. The article was originally published on India’s DNA news website. India’s environmental regulatory failure is now official. Activists and environmental groups had pointed to this much earlier but now all governmental…

August 11, 2017

Apply Now for the 3rd Annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

Deadline to apply: 28 August 2017. Download the application form here. Around the world, more than four billion people are living outside the protection of the law. They are unfairly driven from their land, denied essential services, excluded from society, and intimidated by violence. Legal empowerment is about turning that tide. It’s about enabling people…

August 10, 2017

Special Blog Series on Coastal Regulations in India

by Namati in Environment

Impending legislation changes in India are set to significantly impact coastal communities. In response, the CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program has launched the “Coastal Regulation” blog series. The series will explore the proposed changes, the potential community impacts, and provide background on the current Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011 to provide insight on what steps need be…

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