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July 28, 2018

Our Community is Taking Action: An Update on the Global Legal Empowerment Network

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network

2018 has been a busy year for our community. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is growing and deepening on many fronts. Since January, nearly a thousand new members have joined the Network, representing almost 20% growth in membership this year. Together, on every continent, we are taking on some of the most pressing justice issues…

July 25, 2018

Interview with Kav LaOved: Winner of the Grassroots Justice Prize in the #WalkTogether Prize for Courage Category

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network

The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition recognizes grassroots organizations and institutions, large and small, across the globe, that are working to put the power of law in people’s hands. The Grassroots Justice Prize is brought to you by the Global Legal Empowerment Network in collaboration with Namati, The Elders, Walk Together, UNDP, and World Justice…

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…

June 21, 2018

The Network Has Spoken – Results of the Annual Survey

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Network Dispatch

In February, the Global Legal Empowerment Network took part in an annual survey to assess where our movement is at and where we need to go. The results are in, and they tell us a lot. We are an extraordinary global community—representing over 150 countries. We are united by a common purpose: putting the power of law…

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…

April 27, 2018

Join a Learning Exchange on Citizenship Rights

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

The greatest tool we have to tackle the world’s most pressing justice issues is each other. Sharing successes and challenges can help shape and strengthen our work, and in the process, the whole movement grows. That’s why we’re excited to offer this important opportunity. From October 7 – 19 in Kenya, the Global Legal Empowerment Network…

March 6, 2018

Take the Annual Survey & Help Shape the Direction of our Community

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Network Dispatch

Every year, we ask members and allies of the Global Legal Empowerment Network to set the direction for our community. Please help determine what we take on together by filling out our annual membership survey. Last year, members asked for greater learning opportunities within their regions. We organized in-person exchanges in Latin America and Southeast…

February 21, 2018

Announcing the Winners of the Grassroots Justice Prize

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network the ten finalists for the grassroots justice prize

On World Social Justice Day, Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network came together with justice defenders from around the world to announce and celebrate the winners of the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize. We first launched the competition in 2015 to shine a spotlight on great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. In 2017,…

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…

May 12, 2017

5 Key Takeaways from Our Annual Network Survey

by Michael Otto in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Earlier this year, we asked practitioners about the challenges they faced in 2016 and what the legal empowerment movement needs to thrive. We received responses from members across 60 countries. Below, we outline key findings from the survey results and how they’ve influenced what our network is doing. 1) A lack of financing continues to…

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