October 12, 2018

TED Radio Hour with Vivek Maru: How Can We Make Legal Support Accessible To All?

by Vivek Maru, Namati in General, Multimedia

Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, appeared on the TED Radio Hour for an interview on how the movement for legal empowerment supports communities not to give up on democracy, but rather to forge a deeper version of democracy in which law is something everybody can understand, use, and shape. You can listen to the full interview…

January 12, 2018

TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, General, Multimedia

In August, Namati’s CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, spoke about the global epidemic of injustice from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha — and proposed a way to fight it together. TED has now added the video recording of the talk to their website. Within four days, almost half a million people from around the world had…

October 29, 2017

Podcast: Can Legal Empowerment Change Power Dynamics?

by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, General, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Multimedia

Access to justice is a key governance concern in developed and developing countries alike. Community legal workers aim to help poor or comparatively powerless people defend themselves against land grabs, obtain public services, and challenge corruption. Can this bottom-up approach counter powerful interests seeking to entrench their control? Can legal empowerment help respond to rising…

October 19, 2015

Far West Nepal Celebrates Access to Justice in the Global Goals

by Prabhakar Bagchand in Multimedia, Post-2015 Agenda

Members of Nepal’s marginalized Dalit community in Ghuinyaghat, Dhangadhi Kailali in the Far West of Nepal celebrated the inclusion of Access to Justice targets in the Sustainable Development Goals amidst lots of fan-fare on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The celebration coincided with Rural Women’s Day. Community members linked the justice targets of the global goals to…

January 21, 2015

Women Behind Bars

by IRIN Films in Multimedia

This film by IRIN Films focuses on AdvocAid, one of Namati’s partner organisations in Sierra Leone. AdocAid’s paralegals are trained by Namati and this moving film illustrates the important work that they do. Women Behind Bars tries to understand why prison rates for women in Sierra Leone are soaring. Twelve years after the long civil war…

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…

December 5, 2014

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Multimedia, Post-2015 Agenda

A day after Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, presented justice as one of the six central themes which he believes the countries of the world should base the new sustainable development goals around, we want to share this video from our friends at the World Resources Institute. It beautifully shows how fundamental access to justice is for sustainable development, human…

November 25, 2014

Putting the Rule of Law Behind Women’s Rights

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Multimedia

Namati’s Vivek Maru discussed how legal empowerment is being used to strengthen women’s rights at this fascinating Trust Women 2014 plenary session. The topic was ‘Access to Land, The Biggest Challenge For Women’s Empowerment’. He was joined by leaders from OXFAM, the ONE Campaign, SABMiller, and the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. Watch here:

October 8, 2014

Our Story

by Namati in Multimedia, Namati News

Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, explains Namati’s mission and model of working. The film was made by Ashoka to mark Vivek’s induction as an Ashoka Fellow in September 2014. At Ashoka he is part of a movement of leading social entrepreneurs from 70 countries who have each developed innovative solutions to social problems. Click…

October 7, 2014

ABC News on Kenya’s Prison Paralegals

by ABC News in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Multimedia

Australia’s ABC News has captured the groundbreaking work of network member Kituo cha Sheria in the prison system in Kenya. The program, Foreign Correspondent, shows prisoner paralegals working to bring justice for those wrongly imprisoned – often without trial. Kituo’s Aimee Ongeso told the film-makers: “It is very challenging to go into areas that are…

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