Namati

Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

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…

April 13, 2016

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

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

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…

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

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

Over 70 families in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone 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…

August 13, 2015

Sustainability of Paralegal Projects

by Mustafa Mahmoud in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

I was reading a beautiful article by @caitlinpierce about private sector as an alternative option for funding for paralegal work and it has inspired me to write this piece. For the past six months I have been trying to think of how to sustain the Kenya citizenship paralegal project when its funding is lifted. We…

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