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…

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…

June 19, 2015

Newsletter Archive

by Paul McCann in General

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…

September 12, 2014

The Paralegal Approach to Statelessness

by Namati in General

Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, is making the case for the paralegal approach at the Global Forum on Statelessness.

May 8, 2014

“Stop Making Excuses” – Justice, post-2015 and the Arab World

by Namati in General

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.

January 27, 2014

Jordan: Treating rights as rights

by Bremen Donovan in General

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.

January 10, 2014

Transforming ‘a culture of revenge’ in post-revolution Libya

by Bremen Donovan in General

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.

March 7, 2013

New Study: Community experiences with access and benefit sharing under India’s Biological Diversity Law

by Namati in General

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.

September 5, 2012

“Token Ombudsman?”

by Namati in General

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.

June 25, 2012

Evaluating Legal Empowerment: An Initial Guide

by Steve Golub in General

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.

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