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July 18, 2018

On Mandela’s 100th birthday, we must continue his long walk to freedom

by Vivek Maru in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News statue of Nelson Mandela

Today is the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Madiba was a beacon for social justice — his activism paved the way for some of the world’s earliest community paralegals, who emerged in the 1950s to assist black South Africans with navigating and resisting codes of apartheid. I write to you from Johannesburg, with my…

July 7, 2018

Protect Sierra Leone’s Timber Before It’s Too Late

by Namati in General, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Sierra Leone’s forests are disappearing because of the timber trade. Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls on the government to do its job, to put people and environment ahead of profits, and to protect the country’s land before it’s too late in the Concord Times.

June 27, 2018

New Paralegal Practitioner’s Guide on Citizenship Rights

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News, Resources & Research

Around the world, 1.1 billion people lack legal identity documentation, such as birth certificates, ID cards, and passports that can help prove their nationality or entitlement to citizenship. Without proof of citizenship, these individuals cannot vote, access health care, or go to school. Some are even left stateless or at risk of becoming so. Citizenship is…

May 18, 2018

Public is absent in India’s environmental policymaking

by Namati in Environment, Governance, Namati News

“Public participation [in policymaking] is a sign of a healthy democracy,” yet with very narrow timeframes to participate, the public is crucially absent in environmental policymaking in India, writes Kanchi Kohli, CPR-Namati Legal Research Director on Environmental Justice, in this DNA India op-ed.

May 13, 2018

Op-ed: Unrestrained resource exploitation in Sierra Leone is a “dangerous gamble”

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

In an op-ed in the Sierra Express Media, Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls “unrestrained resource exploitation” in Sierra Leone a “dangerous gamble,” and calls on the new government to commit to environmental regulation that puts people ahead of profits, and justice ahead of development.

May 10, 2018

Namati’s 2017 Annual Report — Now Available

by Namati in Namati News

We are pleased to announce the release of Namati’s 2017 annual report. We invite you to explore the facts, figures, and stories that fill its pages. Discover how many clients Namati and partners worked with and what remedies we achieved together. Read about the personal journeys of individuals like Mahmoud and Daw Nan Shan who learned how…

May 10, 2018

Op-ed: The World Bank shouldn’t hide when it funds projects that harm communities – Washington Post

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

In this essay in the Washington Post, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, makes the case for why the World Bank should not hide when it funds projects that harm communities. Instead, these institutions should make investments more accountable to the people they were set up to help. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is having rich discussions…

November 28, 2017

New Environmental Justice Program in Indonesia

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Massive transformation of forests and small farms for the use of agri-businesses, extractive industries, and infrastructure projects have been occurring in Indonesia since its independence. In Central Kalimantan, the third-largest province of the Borneo-part of Indonesia, 78% of the land has been taken over by oil-palm plantations and extractive industries. The province has also been…

August 11, 2017

Apply Now for the 3rd Annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

Deadline to apply: 28 August 2017. Download the application form here. Around the world, more than four billion people are living outside the protection of the law. They are unfairly driven from their land, denied essential services, excluded from society, and intimidated by violence. Legal empowerment is about turning that tide. It’s about enabling people…

August 9, 2017

The New York Times: “India’s Barefoot Lawyers”

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

In the August 8th copy of the New York Times,  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer TINA ROSENBERG captured the work of paralegals working for environmental justice in India. An Excerpt follows below. The full Article CAN BE READ here. BOGRIBAIL, India — A David and Goliath story: Two years ago, a road-construction company called IRB Infrastructure Developers established…

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