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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

November 27, 2018

What should we get done together in 2019?

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Network Dispatch

As 2018 comes to a close, we are fired-up by what our movement has accomplished this year. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is growing by leaps and bounds, with over 1,700 organizations and 6,000 members part of our borderless movement. While many governments slide towards authoritarianism, Network members in over 150 countries are supporting communities to expand…

November 7, 2018

The Business of Giving – An Interview with Namati’s CEO

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, General, Namati News

Namati CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, joined Denver Frederick on The Business of Giving to discuss how community paralegals are working to address a variety of injustices by empowering communities to know, use, and shape the law. Vivek shares stories from India, Kenya, and the USA of injustices remedied, speaks about the use of data for…

November 7, 2018

Court Orders Oil Palm Company to Return Land and Pay Arrears of Rent to Landowners in Sierra Leone

by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Press Release Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 6, 2018 — The High Court of Sierra Leone has ordered bailiffs to return 41,582 hectares of land previously leased to Sierra Leone Agriculture Ltd (SLA) to three land-owning communities in Bureh, Kasseh, and Maconteh Chiefdoms in Port Loko District in northern Sierra Leone. The Indian-owned and Singapore-based company SIVA…

November 5, 2018

The Land Rights Act victory in Liberia means the work has just begun

by Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Land & Natural Resources

In September, Liberia passed the long-awaited Land Rights bill into law, representing a major victory for community land rights, but the work has only just begun. This new op-ed in PLACE by Namati’s Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba of the Sustainable Development Institute – Liberia highlights key provisions of the new law and calls for a nation-wide legal education…

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