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May 11, 2019

Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Health

Over the past thirty years, we’ve seen massive overall reductions in the numbers of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal deaths around the world dropped from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 303,000 in 2015. Yet inequalities are growing both between and within countries. In Mozambique, the rate of maternal mortality is among the…

May 1, 2019

Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

Our community fought hard to make justice part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But world governments have not backed their words with action. In many places, injustice is growing and justice systems are getting worse. On our current trajectory, the historic commitment in the SDGs to achieve “access to justice for all” could die as…

April 25, 2019

Stopping the Digital ID Register in Kenya – A Stand Against Discrimination

by Mustafa Mahmoud in General

On April 1, the High Court of Kenya heard arguments challenging the legality of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba, and calling for interim orders to delay the rollout of the system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners the Nubian Rights Forum…

April 15, 2019

Namati’s 2018 Annual Report – Now Available

by Namati in General

In 2018 we made major strides in our effort to put the power of law in people’s hands. From January to December, 155 community paralegals working with Namati and our partners supported 19,000+ active clients in 5 countries to address injustices involving land, environment, healthcare, and citizenship. Together, we achieved remedies that directly improved the…

March 19, 2019

New collection of essays on access to justice in the US

by Vivek Maru in General

The current issue of Daedalus—which is the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—focuses on access to justice in the US. All the articles are currently available for free download here. See for example this provocative framing essay by Rebecca Sandefur, which draws on years of research by her and others. Dr. Sandefur…

March 5, 2019

Guía para Trabajadores Comunitarios Cómo Documentar la Nacionalidad y Otras Formas de Identidad Jurídica

by Namati in Citizenship

¿Cómo pueden las y los paralegales, promotores/as comunitarios o asistentes legales y otras personas trabajando desde las comunidades abordar los desafíos en materia de derechos a la nacionalidad o ciudadanía y la documentación de la identidad jurídica que más de mil millones de personas alrededor del mundo enfrentan? Esta es la pregunta que la Guía…

February 26, 2019

Case Filed to Stop New Digital ID Register in Kenya

by Mustafa Mahmoud in Citizenship

On the 18th of February 2019, the government of Kenya rolled out the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), more popularly known as Huduma Namba (Swahili for “Service Number”). The system is intended to create and operate a national population register as a single source of information about citizens and foreign residents. It has been…

January 29, 2019

The World’s First Book on Community Paralegals

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Network Dispatch, Resources & Research

I am thrilled to share a new book with you: Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice. Community paralegals demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves. They are at the heart of our movement for justice. But they have been largely ignored by scholars and writers. This book starts to fill that void….

January 21, 2019

New brief makes the case to fund and protect justice defenders

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Network Dispatch, Post-2015 Agenda

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ring true today. Especially when justice defenders themselves are at risk. Today, on MLK Day, Namati and the Justice For All campaign are launching a policy brief that offers recommendations on how governments, donors, and multilateral institutions can finance…

December 12, 2018

How not to conduct Large-scale Agricultural Investments

by Sonkita Conteh in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

This piece by Namati Sierra Leone Director Sonkita Conteh explores how NOT to conduct large-scale agricultural investments in Sierra Leone: lessons from the Malen/Socfin land dispute. http://standardtimespress.org/?p=8383

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