Namati

Land & Natural Resources

July 7, 2018

Protect Sierra Leone’s Timber Before It’s Too Late

by Namati in General, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Sierra Leone’s forests are disappearing because of the timber trade. Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls on the government to do its job, to put people and environment ahead of profits, and to protect the country’s land before it’s too late in the Concord Times.

May 13, 2018

Op-ed: Unrestrained resource exploitation in Sierra Leone is a “dangerous gamble”

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

In an op-ed in the Sierra Express Media, Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls “unrestrained resource exploitation” in Sierra Leone a “dangerous gamble,” and calls on the new government to commit to environmental regulation that puts people ahead of profits, and justice ahead of development.

May 7, 2018

Sierra Leone’s Small Towns Learn to Fight Against Land Grabs

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources

When a multinational company displaced communities and polluted lands in Sierra Leone, villagers felt angry and helpless. When those same communities partnered with paralegals to understand, use, and shape the law, they said “the law is with us now” and pushed back. This piece in Ozy profiles how communities in Sierra Leone are using legal…

November 28, 2017

New Environmental Justice Program in Indonesia

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Massive transformation of forests and small farms for the use of agri-businesses, extractive industries, and infrastructure projects have been occurring in Indonesia since its independence. In Central Kalimantan, the third-largest province of the Borneo-part of Indonesia, 78% of the land has been taken over by oil-palm plantations and extractive industries. The province has also been…

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 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…

July 3, 2017

Myanmar’s Foray into Deliberative Democracy: Citizen Participation in Resolving Historical Land Grabs

by Namati in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Namati and a coalition of non-governmental representatives have published a policy brief on the committees tasked with overseeing the investigations of Myanmar’s historical land grab cases. It is hoped the brief will help strengthen the implementation of the committees, making them more responsive to the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens trying to secure their land…

June 8, 2017

Video: Sonkita Conteh speaks about the paralegal approach in Sierra Leone at the “Solutions Summit”

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Namati’s Vivek Maru and Sonkita Conteh were among the 16 individuals honored with the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017. As one of the 9 honorees from sub-Sahara Africa, Sonkita was invited to attend the “Solutions Summit” which took place in Durban in early May, directly ahead of the World Economic Forum on…

May 10, 2017

Negotiating large-scale land deals in Sierra Leone: a paralegal approach

by Sonkita Conteh in Land & Natural Resources

In a new article for Place, Namati’s Sierra Leone director, Sonkita Conteh, describes how community paralegals have been helping communities in Sierra Leone to secure better deals with big investor looking to lease their land. An excerpt of the article follows below. Three years ago I wrote about how communities in Sierra Leone were getting the short end of…

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…

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