April 20, 2016

Webinar: Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance

by Kanchi Kohli in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Opportunities India pink river sludge

Join us online on Thursday, May 12th to learn about groundtruthing from Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program in New Delhi. Details below.  People around the world live in areas that are being altered for industrial, infrastructure or mining projects. Their lives and occupations are being negatively impacted by problems of…

April 13, 2016

Namati contributes to FAO Technical Guide on legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure

by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research FAO legal technical guide cover large

The latest technical guide on the responsible governance of tenure from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the legal dimensions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests at the national level. Rachael Knight, Director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, was one of the main authors…

April 11, 2016

2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Namati and the Global Network named as recipients

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News land skoll

We are pleased to announce that Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the Skoll Foundation, the award is presented to leaders or organizations that are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater…

April 5, 2016

Gendered aspects of land rights in Myanmar: Evidence from paralegal casework

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research, Women 2pierce_deitta

Namati has published a new policy brief on the gendered aspects of land rights in the hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land rights…

March 5, 2016

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Land & Natural Resources Screenshot 2016-04-05 21.29.38

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

March 4, 2016

BBC Africa: Sierra Leone Land Grab Thwarted

by McKinley Charles in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates nimiyama photo

Over 70 families have had their land returned after taking a large multinational company to court. Local leaders had sold the families’ land to Orient Agriculture Ltd. without their knowledge or consent. With the support of a Namati community paralegal, the affected families learned about their right and how to use the law to bring…

February 29, 2016

Protecting Community Lands Everything We Know in a New Guide!

by Paul McCann in Network Dispatch rachael 523 - web hero

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to launch an important new resource for frontline land rights advocates around the world: the Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide. After years of working with partners to support communities to protect their land rights, today we are sharing what we’ve learned. This Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for…

February 24, 2016

Is the Hubli-Ankola Railway line approved?

by Kanchi Kohli in Environment Western_Ghats_Gobi

India’s media reports that the country’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given clearance to Indian Railways to approach the state government regarding the Hubli-Ankola rail link, which will pass through the dense Western Ghats in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli writes on how the orders of NGT do not necessarily imply a complete go-ahead for the railway…

February 23, 2016

New Publication: The Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide

by Namati's Community Land Protection Team in Community Land Protection, Resources & Research rachael 523 - web hero

Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitators Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates working to help communities protect their customary claims and rights to land and natural resources. After years of working with partner organizations around the world to support communities to protect their land rights, Namati has developed a comprehensive, five-part approach…

February 19, 2016

Burying the Law to Make Way for a Coal Mine

by Kanchi Kohli and Alok Shukla in Environment A28 001 2 copy (1)

The cancellation of the community rights of Ghatbarra village over the Hasdeo Arand forest – to make way for a coal mine – raises many questions. When the Forest Survey of India’s 2011 report celebrated Hasdeo Arand as the largest unfragmented forest in central India outside the official protected area system, there was another process…

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