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December 22, 2016

How One Experience in Bangladesh Advanced Women’s Rights Work in Myanmar

by Nant Thi Thi Oo in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Women

The following is a blog by Nant Thi Thi Oo, a data entry associate with Namati’s program in Myanmar.    In November 2015, I had the chance to participate in a learning exchange hosted by Namati and the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA). I was very grateful to be selected to go. The exchange focused…

December 12, 2016

Barefoot Lawyers, Communities, and the Earth

by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following blog first appeared as part of Article 3 Advisor’s special blog series on climate justice. Check out their site for other blog series on topics ranging from prison to refugees to modern day slavery. The global human rights movement has made extraordinary progress, at least by the letter of the law. Many countries now…

December 12, 2016

Social Entrepreneur Podcast: The Rule of Law for Everyone

by McKinley Charles in General

On the December 9th episode of the Social Entrepreneur podcast, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru speaks with host, Tony Loyd, about justice issues and the legal empowerment approach. Vivek shares the ideas and experiences that led him to found Namati and the plans for moving the organization forward.  This includes ideas for starting a program in…

November 17, 2016

“Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs”

by Ope Peters in General, Governance

For 50 years access to justice has been guaranteed as a basic human right under international law. Yet for hundreds of millions of people around the world, this right is not their reality. Many countries have either failed to enact sufficient laws at the national level or failed to effectively implement them. As is often…

October 31, 2016

Get your facts right, get them to act right

by Chicu Lokgariwar, India Water Portal in Environment

The following article was written by Chicu Lokgariwar from India Water Portal (IWP) following a training program on community-led research methods for environmental justice in India that took at the Sambhavnaa Institute, Palampur in September 2016. The workshop was designed and facilitated by Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon of Centre for Policy Research (CPR)- Namati,…

October 26, 2016

The Legal Empowerment Leadership Course Experience

by Namati in General

For five days in October, sixty-one justice practitioners from twenty-five countries came together at the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary for the second annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. The course is the only one of its kind in the world. It brings together leaders dedicated to legal empowerment to reflect on history, strategy, and…

October 25, 2016

India’s Tadri Port Project in Troubled Waters

by Mahabelshwar Hegde and Krithika Dinesh in Environment

In the Indian state of Karnataka, a large port project has begun to flounder under the weight of a faulty impact assessment, legal violations, data disparities and procedural lapses. The biggest challenge to any major project is its environmental credentials. Recently, the Prime Minister’s Project Monitoring Group (PMG) revealed that 40 percent of the 419…

October 24, 2016

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

by The Economist in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

September 22, 2016

Video: When Land Laws are Not Enough, Enter the Barefoot Lawyers

by Place - Thompson Reuters Foundation in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

In this two-minute animation, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, explains how “barefoot lawyers” help connect communities with justice. The video was produced by the Thompson Reuters Foundation for their new initiative, Place. Through exclusive reportage, analysis, commentary, photographs and video, Place explores the complex social, economic and political effects of inadequate land rights – from environmental…

September 16, 2016

Struggles in Suriname: Learning from Namati’s Community Land Rights Database

by Dorian Martinez in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

In January 2016, a headline grabbed me. After several months of volunteering with Namati’s Community Land Rights CaseBase, I came across news of an important legal victory for indigenous land rights in Suriname, a country I knew virtually nothing about. I had been collecting case law concerning community and indigenous land rights from across Latin…

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