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…