Namati

Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

August 2, 2017

Holding a Municipality Accountable

by Hasmukh Dhumadiya in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

This blog was written by Hasmukh Dhumadiya, an Enviro-legal Coordinator with the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program in India. It was originally published on India Together, an electronic newsmagazine devoted to coverage of public affairs, policy, and development in India. Bakshipunch Housing Society is located in Arambhada in the district of Devbhumi Dwarka in the western Indian…

June 25, 2017

Biting the Dust: How community action stopped a polluting refinery

by Jayendrasinh Ker in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following blog WAS written by Jayendrasinh Ker, an Enviro Legal Coordinator with the CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program in India. IT was originally published on myLaw, an online platform dedicated to making legal knowledge and learning accessible to everyone in India through quality content and courses. Dineshbhai’s mobile number has its ringer off. But before that,…

May 31, 2017

Residents use rule of law to secure environmental justice

by Hasmukh Dhumadia in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following article first appeared on the India Together website. Gujarat, located in western part of India, has the longest and the most industrialized coastline in the country. The majority of the mangroves on this coastal stretch are found in Devbhumi Dwarka District of the state. The district is on the southern shore of the…

December 12, 2016

Barefoot Lawyers, Communities, and the Earth

by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following blog first appeared as part of Article 3 Advisor’s special blog series on climate justice. Check out their site for other blog series on topics ranging from prison to refugees to modern day slavery. The global human rights movement has made extraordinary progress, at least by the letter of the law. Many countries now…

October 24, 2016

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

by The Economist in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

September 22, 2016

Video: When Land Laws are Not Enough, Enter the Barefoot Lawyers

by Place - Thompson Reuters Foundation in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

In this two-minute animation, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, explains how “barefoot lawyers” help connect communities with justice. The video was produced by the Thompson Reuters Foundation for their new initiative, Place. Through exclusive reportage, analysis, commentary, photographs and video, Place explores the complex social, economic and political effects of inadequate land rights – from environmental…

August 17, 2016

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Governance, Post-2015 Agenda

This article was originally published in the Norwegian news outlet, Aftenposten, on August 12, 2016. The Norwegian version can be read here.    Since World War II many countries have come to respect fundamental liberties, at least by the letter of the law. But for billions of people around the world those laws aren’t worth…

August 1, 2016

Groundtruthing Environmental Violations in Chhattisgarh, India

by Krithika Dinesh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Namati News

Namati and the Centre for Policy Research are pleased to release the second report in their series on community-led groundtruthing exercises in India. The report, Closing the Enforcement Gap: Groundtruthing of Environmental Violations in Sarguja, Chhattisgarh, outlines how representatives from three villages in the state of Chhattisgrah in central India used the process of groundtruthing to establish that the…

July 13, 2016

Video: What Do We Mean by Legal Empowerment?

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

In this short video, Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, describes the movement for legal empowerment. He tells the story of 70 families in Sierra Leone who won their land back after a chief sold it to a Chinese rubber company without asking them. And the story of a single mom in India, Manisha Goswami, who…

April 20, 2016

How to Build Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance

by Kanchi Kohli in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Opportunities

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 access, encroachment or pollution. Though governments in many countries have regulatory procedures for implementing environmental and social safeguards to minimize or mitigate such problems, compliance of these…

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