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November 28, 2017

New Environmental Justice Program in Indonesia

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

Massive transformations 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…

October 30, 2017

The Grassroots Justice Prize is Back — Apply or Nominate Today!

by Namati in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that. In 2015, we launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the…

October 29, 2017

Podcast: Can Legal Empowerment Change Power Dynamics?

by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Environment, General, Land & Natural Resources

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…

June 5, 2017

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research

by Adrian Di Giovanni in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Resources & Research

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research By Adrian Di Giovanni, Senior Program Specialist, Law & Development at International Development Research Centre The slow burn of justice. In launching the “Resisting Injustice” blog series, Namati has evoked the powerful image of the arc of history bending towards justice and, in the process, a long…

April 24, 2017

Climate Change & Legal Empowerment – Namati’s CEO in WIRED magazine (UK Edition)

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

In the latest UK edition of WIRED magazine, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, shares his ideas on what we, as a global community, must do to combat climate change. Maru proposes that while vital, the current trend of focusing on large-scale policy change is not enough. We need to simultaneously invest in bottom-up environmentalism by supporting…

April 20, 2017

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally

by Sara Andrews in General

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally By Sara Andrews, Senior International Pro Bono Counsel and Assistant Director, New Perimeter Do private sector lawyers have a role to play in increasing access to justice for people who cannot afford legal representation around the world? Based on recent events, the answer appears to…

March 29, 2017

Vivek Maru & Sonkita Conteh named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year

by Namati in General, Namati News

We are pleased to announce that Vivek Maru, Namati’s co-founder and CEO, and Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s co-founder and Sierra Leone director, have received the honor of being named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2017. According to the Schwab Foundation, the 2017 awardees include “17 outstanding leaders at the helm of 13 organizations pioneering…

March 17, 2017

Namati’s 2016 Annual Report

by Namati in General, Namati News

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2016 annual report. 2016 was a year of great growth and progress for Namati and our partners. This report provides you with a quick, compelling look into what we have achieved together.     In the eight-page report, you will find the breakdown of the number of…

March 11, 2017

Financing Justice – an article by Namati’s CEO in Foreign Policy

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda

The law should be accessible to everyone. The international community agreed to this when they adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the funding needed to make it a reality has not materialized. With authoritarianism on the rise worldwide, finding a solution to the funding gap is now more critical than ever. Namati’s CEO, Vivek…

February 1, 2017

Launching the “Resisting Injustice” Blog Series

by Namati in General, Namati News Womens March

It’s been hard to watch the news recently. With the growing refugee crisis, rise of populism, increase in vigilante justice, and birth of “alternative facts”, the legal empowerment community is facing huge challenges all around the world. Key allies who have helped support and finance access to justice seem to be turning away. But we…