Namati

Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

June 5, 2012

Namati’s CEO on Legal Empowerment at Stanford University

by By Michele Chandler in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

At Stanford University’s Global Crossroads conference on radical political transitions, Namati CEO Vivek Maru elaborated on the transformative role paralegals play in delivering justice to disadvantaged citizens around the world.

May 31, 2012

Sierra Leone: Serving Justice Outside the Courts

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

The future for effective justice delivery is bright after the passage of the Sierra Leone’s legal aid bill. Namati’s Sonkita Conteh explains that “the potential is huge,” although care must be taken to monitor and support the work of non-state justice providers like paralegals.

May 24, 2012

How Malawi Put Access to Justice on the UN Agenda

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

Clifford Msiska, head of Malawi’s Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (PASI) and a member of Namati’s Network Guidance Committee, is interviewed about his efforts to promote community-based paralegals and other legal aid models at the international level, successes of past years, and challenges that lie ahead.

May 18, 2012

Comprehensive legal aid legislation on the cards in Tanzania

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

The government of Tanzania is planning to put in place a legal framework to serve as a criterion for eligibility to legal aid and supervision of legal aid services. The funding mechanism, “Legal Services Facility,” will be channeled to organizations providing legal aid in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

May 11, 2012

Sierra Leone Parliament Passes Landmark Legal Aid Law

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Sierra Leone passed a landmark legal aid law, which explicitly recognizes and provides a framework for scaling up justice services. Namati’s work in the country is building a nationwide frontline of community paralegals providing primary justice services. Namati Program Director, Sonkita Conteh, was instrumental in providing technical input and support for the bill throughout the legislative process.

May 4, 2012

Reducing the Cost of Justice for Citizens of Sierra Leone: Time to Enact the Legal Aid Bill

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Executive Director of the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL), Ibrahim Tommy, argues that the time is now for Sierra Leone to enact the Legal Aid Bill. The Legal Aid Bill seeks to provide a platform to enhance access to justice for the vast majority of Sierra Leoneans whose legal needs are still unmet due to poverty.

April 14, 2012

Legal Empowerment in the Philippines

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Women

The Asia Foundation contemplates the challenge of linking legal empowerment theory to better law and justice policy in formal and informal justice systems.

April 11, 2012

Justice in Health Care Delivery: Sierra Leone

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

Justice Reform consultant, Margaux J. Hall, highlights the promising potential community paralegals hold for addressing the delivery of basic health care services in Sierra Leone.

November 18, 2011

Exploring the community level impact of paralegals in rural Sierra Leone

by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

This article originally appeared in Sierra Express Media. Introduction A previous article by the author explored the work and impact of community-based paralegals in the lives of ordinary people in rural areas, through the lens of a number of case studies depicting real life justice problems of individuals and how paralegals helped resolve them. That effort…

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