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.

January 15, 2012

Legal Power to the People

by Vivek Maru in General

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…

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