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April 24, 2017

Climate Change & Legal Empowerment – Namati’s CEO in WIRED magazine (UK Edition)

by Namati in Environment, Namati News

  In the latest UK edition of WIRED magazine, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, shares his ideas on what we, as a global community, must do to combat climate change. Maru proposes that while vital, the current trend of focusing on large-scale policy change is not enough. We need to simultaneously invest in bottom-up environmentalism by…

April 20, 2017

Four-Part 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” series. The four-part 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…

April 20, 2017

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally

by Sara Andrews in General

The following post is the second installment of the 12-part blog series, “Resisting Injustice“. The project brings together a collection of voices, from civil servants to comedians, to discuss why now, more than ever, we need to prioritize access to justice and how we can best do this together. Click here to read the first…

March 31, 2017

LEGEND Land Policy Bulletin: “Namati’s experience of using GeoODK GPS Mapping”

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

Maps are critical tools that assist communities in securing formal legal recognition of their rights to customary land and supporting local land governance. However, the map-making support Namati could provide to communities in Africa and Asia was, until recently, limited to hand-drawn sketches. GPS and satellite technologies were too costly and technically complex. In 2016, Namati partnered with…

March 29, 2017

Vivek Maru & Sonkita Conteh named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year

by Namati in General

We are pleased to announce that Vivek Maru, Namati’s co-founder and CEO, and Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s co-founder and Sierra Leone director, have received the honor of being named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2017. According to the Schwab Foundation, the 2017 awardees include “17 outstanding leaders at the helm of 13 organizations pioneering…

March 28, 2017

Counterview: “Industrial projects operating without environmental clearances to be legalised?

by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

On March 14, 2017, India’s Environment Ministry released a revised final notification that will allow any project, even those who have been illegally operating, to apply for Environmental Clearances (EC). The notification would provide amnesty for actions such as illegal land grabs and environmental regulation violations and limit a community’s ability to hold businesses and those in…

March 25, 2017

Sierra Leone Land Policy: An Open Letter to President Koroma

by Sonkita Conteh in Governance, Land & Natural Resources

Dear Mr. President, Last Thursday I was at State House to witness the low-key start of a potentially profound revolution in the land sector. For decades, our people and the environment have borne the scourge of a broken land tenure system. Many attempting to buy land to build a future for their families have lost…

March 23, 2017

The Wire: “Environment Ministry to Bend Over Backwards to Whitelist Illicit Projects”

by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

The following is an excerpt from an article published on The Wire’s online site on March 22, 2017 by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli, CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program staff members in New Dehli, India. On March 14, 2017, [India’s] environment ministry issued a notification that is a remarkable show of partisan support to projects that have been…

March 17, 2017

How a Coastal Violation is Leading to a Small Revolution in Karnataka

by Vinod Patgar in Environment

The following blog by CPR-Namati Enviro-Legal Coordinator, Vinod Patgar, originally appeared on myLaw.net. Baad, a village near my village of Kagal in coastal Karnataka, hosts a fair every year at the Shri Kanchika Parameshwari temple. As children, the joy of going to this fair was unparalleled. During the fair, the yakshagana, a folk dance, used…

March 17, 2017

Namati’s 2016 Annual Report

by Namati in General, Namati News

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2016 annual report. 2016 was a year of great growth and progress for Namati and our partners. This report provides you with a quick, compelling look into what we have achieved together.     In the eight-page report, you will find the breakdown of the number of…

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