Namati

Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

May 11, 2019

Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Health

Over the past thirty years, we’ve seen massive overall reductions in the numbers of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal deaths around the world dropped from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 303,000 in 2015. Yet inequalities are growing both between and within countries. In Mozambique, the rate of maternal mortality is among the…

January 29, 2019

The World’s First Book on Community Paralegals

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Network Dispatch, Resources & Research

I am thrilled to share a new book with you: Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice. Community paralegals demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves. They are at the heart of our movement for justice. But they have been largely ignored by scholars and writers. This book starts to fill that void….

January 21, 2019

New brief makes the case to fund and protect justice defenders

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Network Dispatch, Post-2015 Agenda

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ring true today. Especially when justice defenders themselves are at risk. Today, on MLK Day, Namati and the Justice For All campaign are launching a policy brief that offers recommendations on how governments, donors, and multilateral institutions can finance…

November 7, 2018

The Business of Giving – An Interview with Namati’s CEO

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General, Namati News

Namati CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, joined Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving to discuss how community paralegals are working to address a variety of injustices by empowering communities to know, use, and shape the law. Vivek shares stories from India, Kenya, and the USA of injustices remedied, speaks about the use of data for…

November 5, 2018

The Land Rights Act victory in Liberia means the work has just begun

by Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

In September, Liberia passed the long-awaited Land Rights bill into law, representing a major victory for community land rights, but the work has only just begun. This new op-ed in PLACE by Namati’s Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba of the Sustainable Development Institute – Liberia highlights key provisions of the new law and calls for a nation-wide legal education…

August 31, 2018

Paralegals share lessons learned on holding community legal trainings

by Centre for Policy Research-Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment An enviro-legal coordinator holds a community legal training in Kasalagadde, India.

Paralegals with Namati and the Centre for Policy Research’s joint environmental justice program (who are called ‘enviro-legal coordinators’ or ELCs for short) have now conducted close to 75 community trainings on India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification in Uttara Kannada district. Last month, one of the program’s senior managers, Meenakshi Kapoor, held calls with senior ELCs…

June 27, 2018

New Paralegal Practitioner’s Guide on Citizenship Rights

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News, Resources & Research

Around the world, 1.1 billion people lack legal identity documentation, such as birth certificates, ID cards, and passports that can help prove their nationality or entitlement to citizenship. Without proof of citizenship, these individuals cannot vote, access health care, or go to school. Some are even left stateless or at risk of becoming so. Citizenship is…

May 10, 2018

Op-ed: The World Bank shouldn’t hide when it funds projects that harm communities – Washington Post

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

In this essay in the Washington Post, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, makes the case for why the World Bank should not hide when it funds projects that harm communities. Instead, these institutions should make investments more accountable to the people they were set up to help. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is having rich discussions…

April 27, 2018

Join a Learning Exchange on Citizenship Rights

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

The greatest tool we have to tackle the world’s most pressing justice issues is each other. Sharing successes and challenges can help shape and strengthen our work, and in the process, the whole movement grows. That’s why we’re excited to offer this important opportunity. From October 7 – 19 in Kenya, the Global Legal Empowerment Network…

February 21, 2018

Announcing the Winners of the Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network the ten finalists for the grassroots justice prize

On World Social Justice Day, Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network came together with justice defenders from around the world to announce and celebrate the winners of the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize. We first launched the competition in 2015 to shine a spotlight on great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. In 2017,…

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