Namati

Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

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…

May 18, 2015

Paralegal Workshop in Myanmar

by Khin Htet Wai in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities

On Tuesday May 18th, Namati is hosting a paralegal workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop is focused on a series of very practical discussions around paralegal implementation. The workshop will also provide a forum for legal empowerment practitioners to exchange their experiences working as paralegals. It will be an opportunity to share best practices, discuss a variety of approaches and develop ideas…

March 20, 2015

How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone

by Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Published in the Open Society Foundations’ Voices blog, Marina Ilminska and Zaza Namoradze look at what can be learned from the successes of Namati’s parters, Timap for Justice, delivering access to justice in Sierra Leone. Blog post: How Paralegals Delivered Access to Justice in the Jails of Sierra Leone   This paper explores the range…

December 19, 2014

‘I just need my freedom’

by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Multimedia

This moving documentary by IRIN follows the work of Marvel and Victoria, two paralegals working for Namati’s partner AdvocAid in Sierra Leone. It illustrates the harsh reality of life for many women in Sierra Leone who come into contact with the police and the prison system. Marvel and Victoria bring hope to those suffering arbitrary…

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