President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board
President Koroma of Sierra Leone has strongly committed his government’s support to legal aid and the work of paralegals. He made the announcement during the formal launch of the legal aid board that Namati helped bring into existence in Freetown on Thursday 19th November 2015. Namati and other civil society groups advocated for the passage of the…
Namati regularly updates members of the legal empowerment network and other supporters with news, useful resources and research; tools to improve their working and opportunities to get together and grow the field of legal empowerment. We also regularly update the network on the progress of our Justice 2015 campaign to see justice targets enshrined in the new Sustainable…
The Paralegal Approach to Statelessness
Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, is making the case for the paralegal approach at the Global Forum on Statelessness.
“Stop Making Excuses” – Justice, post-2015 and the Arab World
By HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. To address long-term development in a way that is authentic to the Arab world, countries in the region will need to break free from the practices of the past. As the Arab Spring showed, the consequences of ignoring the voices of the marginalized can cause profound instability.
Jordan: Treating rights as rights
In the third installment of our series on legal empowerment in the Middle East, Hadeel Aziz explains how legal empowerment is emerging as a concept and in practice in Jordan.
Transforming ‘a culture of revenge’ in post-revolution Libya
Today, we launch the first in a ten-part interview series exploring the practice of legal empowerment in the Middle East. Our series begins with Abdul Elgadi, who discusses grassroots efforts to turn Al Zawiri prisons over to the Libyan state.
New Study: Community experiences with access and benefit sharing under India’s Biological Diversity Law
The two-part study, issued by the Campaign for Conservation and Community Control over Biodiversity, analyzes the effect of the 2002 Biological Diversity Act. It explores whether the law can facilitate access by users and guarantee real benefits to local provider communities.
Communities affected by thermal power plants in Mundra block, Kutch district (Gujarat-India) have engaged with various fora to raise complaints against social and environmental violations of these projects in the area. One such attempt has been to strongly push the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) process of the World Bank to respond to the violations of the Coastal Power Gujarat India Ltd (CPGIL)’s thermal power project.
Evaluating Legal Empowerment: An Initial Guide
Network Guidance Committee member Stephen Golub, in a recent paper, provides an overview of evaluation in the broader field of development, suggests practical ways to measure the effectiveness of legal empowerment, and offers his perspective on the challenges involved.
Legal Power to the People
In an op-ed published at Project Syndicate, Namati CEO Vivek Maru argues that legal empowerment is crucial for taking forward two of the great human endeavors since World War II: the movement for human rights and the quest for development. The essay begins at Ramlila Grounds, the site of some of the largest protests in…