July 30, 2019

A historic step towards securing community land rights in Kenya

by Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Namati News Representatives from 11 pastoralist communities gather outside the Ministry of Land

This article was originally published by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indigenous, pastoralist communities in Kenya made history last week by marching to the nation’s capital to demand official registration for their communal lands. This was unprecedented and the culmination of years of effort to empower communities to understand and claim their land rights. In 2016, the Government of…

July 15, 2019

Meet the Winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, the world’s only award that recognizes great deeds in legal empowerment. Nearly 200 organizations applied for this global prize. An eminent panel of judges awarded three groups – Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Bangladesh), City Life/Vida Urbana (United States), and NIRMAN…

July 1, 2019

Cast Your Vote for the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network

Who Will You Choose to Win the Grassroots Justice Prize?   The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize is the world’s only competition recognizing grassroots organizations and institutions that are working to put the power of law into people’s hands. And now you have the chance to choose one of the winners!  Our panel of judges shortlisted five…

July 1, 2019

Apply now for the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network

This December, we’re bringing together 60 inspiring voices for the fifth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course (LELC) at Budapest’s Central European University. The course is an opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together. We want you to be with us! Applications are now open…

June 21, 2019

Land Law Threatens to Displace and Criminalize Millions in Myanmar

by Namati in General

Myanmar is being threatened with a land grab on a massive scale. In September 2018, Myanmar’s parliament, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, passed an amendment to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin (VFV) Lands Management Law, requiring anyone occupying land classified as “vacant, fallow, or virgin” to apply for 30-year…

June 5, 2019

Q&A: Putting law in people’s hands to demand environmental justice in the United States

by Alayna Chuney in Environment

Historically, the U.S. environmental movement has focused on litigation and high-level advocacy. The communities who bear the greatest burden of harm who are mostly poor and of color—have had little opportunity to use the law themselves. In 2018, Namati recruited our first crew of legal empowerment advocates. In 2019, we’re working with this group to…

June 4, 2019

Q&A: Legal empowerment as a beacon for environmental justice in Sierra Leone

by Daniel Sesay in Environment

To spur economic growth, the government of Sierra Leone has been aggressively courting large-scale agriculture and mining investments. These have often led to the exploitation of communities and environmental devastation. Namati supports communities to protect customary land rights, challenge land grabs, remedy environmental harm, and, if they wish, negotiate fair deals with investors. This Q&A…

June 3, 2019

Q&A: How legal empowerment advances environmental justice in India

by Vidya Viswanathan in Environment, General

In India, mining, industrial development, and other private and public projects damage the environment and endanger the livelihoods of local communities. Despite robust laws on the books, there is a very poor record of compliance. Paralegals on the Centre for Policy Research-Namati environmental justice team support communities to understand and use the law to find…

May 28, 2019

Annual Survey Results: 5 Things We Learned About Network Members

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Each year the Global Legal Empowerment Network conducts a survey to take stock of where our movement is and where we need to go. Over 400 Network members from 80 countries took part in this year’s survey. The results are in, and they are revealing. Here are five big takeaways. 1. Our Network is growing…

May 28, 2019

OPINION: Myanmar is confiscating land that people depend on

by Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

In Thompson Reuters, Namati’s Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe describe how Myanmar’s Vacant, Fallow, or Virgin land law is leading to a land grab on a massive scale across the country. Millions who depend on the land risk displacement and imprisonment under this new draconian law. Our recent survey of farmers in affected areas…

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