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June 21, 2019

Land Law Threatens to Displace and Criminalize Millions in Myanmar

by Namati in General

Myanmar is being threatened with a land grab on a massive scale. In September 2018, Myanmar’s parliament, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, passed an amendment to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin (VFV) Lands Management Law, requiring anyone occupying land classified as “vacant, fallow, or virgin” to apply for 30-year…

June 3, 2019

Q&A: How legal empowerment advances environmental justice in India

by Vidya Viswanathan in Environment, General

In India, mining, industrial development, and other private and public projects damage the environment and endanger the livelihoods of local communities. Despite robust laws on the books, there is a very poor record of compliance. Paralegals on the Centre for Policy Research-Namati environmental justice team support communities to understand and use the law to find…

April 25, 2019

Stopping the Digital ID Register in Kenya – A Stand Against Discrimination

by Mustafa Mahmoud in General

On April 1, the High Court of Kenya heard arguments challenging the legality of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba, and calling for interim orders to delay the rollout of the system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners the Nubian Rights Forum…

April 15, 2019

Namati’s 2018 Annual Report – Now Available

by Namati in General

In 2018 we made major strides in our effort to put the power of law in people’s hands. From January to December, 155 community paralegals working with Namati and our partners supported 19,000+ active clients in 5 countries to address injustices involving land, environment, healthcare, and citizenship. Together, we achieved remedies that directly improved the…

March 19, 2019

New collection of essays on access to justice in the US

by Vivek Maru in General

The current issue of Daedalus—which is the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—focuses on access to justice in the US. All the articles are currently available for free download here. See for example this provocative framing essay by Rebecca Sandefur, which draws on years of research by her and others. Dr. Sandefur…

November 7, 2018

The Business of Giving – An Interview with Namati’s CEO

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

Namati CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, joined Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving to discuss how community paralegals are working to address a variety of injustices by empowering communities to know, use, and shape the law. Vivek shares stories from India, Kenya, and the USA of injustices remedied, speaks about the use of data for…

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…

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.

May 30, 2018

An open letter to President Bio: Keep plunderers out of our endangered forests for good.

by Sonkita Conteh in General

In a must-read open letter, Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls on the president of Sierra Leone to keep his word to protect the endangered forests of the country. He calls resuming timber exports “short-sighted and dangerous” and a “desecration of pre-election commitments” and notes that “no amount of money will equal the value of…

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…

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