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December 12, 2016

Social Entrepreneur Podcast: The Rule of Law for Everyone

by McKinley Charles in General

On the December 9th episode of the Social Entrepreneur podcast, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru speaks with host, Tony Loyd, about justice issues and the legal empowerment approach. Vivek shares the ideas and experiences that led him to found Namati and the plans for moving the organization forward.  This includes ideas for starting a program in…

November 17, 2016

“Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs”

by Ope Peters in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

For 50 years access to justice has been guaranteed as a basic human right under international law. Yet for hundreds of millions of people around the world, this right is not their reality. Many countries have either failed to enact sufficient laws at the national level or failed to effectively implement them. As is often…

October 26, 2016

The Legal Empowerment Leadership Course Experience

by Namati in General

For five days in October, sixty-one justice practitioners from twenty-five countries came together at the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary for the second annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. The course is the only one of its kind in the world. It brings together leaders dedicated to legal empowerment to reflect on history, strategy, and…

October 24, 2016

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

by The Economist in Community Paralegals, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

August 9, 2016

Leadership in Action

by Namati in General

In June, SiriusXM’s Business Radio program, Leadership in Action, interviewed Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru. The audio from the show is now available below. Business Radio features world-renowned and distinguished executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. Broadcasting from Wharton’s Ivy League campus and Silicon Valley, Business Radio covers every aspect of business in…

June 15, 2016

Forbes: “A New League Of ‘Barefoot Lawyers’ Will Transform Justice In The Next 15 Years”

by Meera Vijayann, contributor in Community Paralegals, General

For the average person, a lawyer may conjure up the image of a professional in a buttoned-down jacket straight out of the legal drama, Suits. But not to Nadim Hossain, a local pharmacist in the city of Khulna, Bangladesh. One of 300,000 Urdu-speaking Bangladeshis settled in a refugee camp set up by the Red Cross…

June 14, 2016

Funding Projects with Trash

by Mustafa Mahmoud, Program Officer, Namati in General

I was excited by my visit to Orange Farm in South Africa. This was an opportunity to realize my dream of seeing in person a community paralegal project that could generate its own income. I have worked in the development sector a long time and know that dependence on grants from donors is a constant…

May 20, 2016

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

by Vivek Trivedi in General

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

December 29, 2015

Putting the Law in People’s Hands

by Caitlin Sislin in General

Dear Friends, Law is supposed to be a sacred thread: that ties us together and protects each one of us. But for billions of people around the world the law is broken. It’s an abstraction, or a threat, or a really bad joke. Namati works to place the power of law in the hands of people….

November 23, 2015

President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board

by Daniel Sesay in General

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…