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How to Register as a Social Enterprise in Bangladesh

Shaveena Anam,

This Legal Toolkit will assist new social entrepreneurs to navigate the registration process. Registration can be a lengthy and difficult battle which will come with a lot of responsibility. Once completed, you will have reporting obligations and will need to keep detailed financial records, provide an audit of accounts to the tax office, and set…

Getting to Grips with Power: Can NGOs Improve Justice in Bangladesh?

Craig Valters, Ferdous Jahan,

This report looks at a five-year, £17 million ‘Community Legal Services’ (CLS) project recently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh. The project provided grants to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who aimed to support improved community legal services, particularly for women and girls. We analysed the work of seven NGOs in four…

Women and Power: Mediating Community Justice in Rural Bangladesh

Craig Valters, Ferdous Jahan,

In rural Bangladesh, women have historically been excluded from participating in traditional justice, rarely even attending even their own hearings. The state, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and women leaders have been working towards changing this situation for the better.

Doing Legal Empowerment Differently: Learning from Pro-Poor Litigation in Bangladesh

Tam O'Neil, Craig Valters, Cynthia Farid,

This case study is part of the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI’s) work on the politics and governance of public goods and services in developing countries. As a case study of successful pro-poor legal mobilisation in Bangladesh, it contributes to the effort to document approaches and ways of working that make a difference in terms of…

Review on Draft Bangladesh Citizenship Bill

Council of Minorities, Nagorik Uddyog: The Citizen's Initiative,

Last February, Bangladesh’s Cabinet approved the Draft Citizenship Bill 2016.This bill was drawn in relation to ‘Setting Up Rules for Bangladeshi Citizenship and Related Matters.’ However, before presenting it to the Cabinet, no public discussion was arranged apparently for the issues regarding the law. It is a well known rule to discuss a law with…

Inhuman Camp Life of Bihari Urdu-speaking Linguistic Minority of Bangladesh: Patterns of Inequality, Discrimination, Political and Social Marginalization

Council of Minorities, Namati,

This resource is a joint submission by the Council of Minorities and Namati for Universal Periodic Review (UPR) about the treatment of Urdu-speaking Biharis in Bangladesh. Namati and Council of Minorities have partnered since 2013 to implement a community-based paralegal program focused on citizenship and related rights of the Urdu-speaking community in Bangladesh. Paralegals are…

Empowering Girls Through Legal Protection Strategies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia

International Development Law Organization (IDLO),

According to a 2008 report by the Center for Global Development, girls are generally less healthy, less educated and enjoy less freedom than their male counterparts. Such disparities, which highlight the disempowerment and marginalization of girls, result from a variety of factors including cultural and social norms. Ultimately, however, they are rooted in gender discrimination,…

Learning about Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Development Projects: Do the Figures Tell Us Enough?

Jane Carter, Sarah Byrne, Kai Schrader, Humayun Kabir, Zenebe Bashaw Uraguchi, Bhanu Pandit, Badri Manandhar, Merita Barileva, Norbert Pijls, Pascal Fendrich,

In this article, we consider three projects implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation: a project in Nepal focusing on capacity building (vocational skills training); a project in Bangladesh focusing on income generation; and a project in Kosovo working on agency – enhancing the voice of citizens in local governance. The article examines how donor requirements for…

BRAC-Ain o Salish Kendro Joint Legal Aid Programme: A Comprehensive Review

Dilruba Banu,

In mid 1980s, BRAC initiated its paralegal programme to promote legal awareness among the members of its village organisations (VOs). The programme was re-organised and expanded as Human Rights and Legal Education (HRLE) in the early 1990s. The purpose of HRLE was to raise awareness about the legal rights among BRAC members, increase knowledge of…

Recommendations from the Bangladeshi Urdu-speaking community to amend the draft Citizenship Bill

Council of Minorities,

In February 2016, the Cabinet of the Government of Bangladesh reportedly approved the Citizenship Bill 2016 (the “Bill”), in order to “enact provisions on Bangladesh Citizenship and Relevant Matters”. Apparently, no public consultations regarding the content of the law were organized by the government prior to its being placed before the Cabinet. The purpose of…

Meet the Winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, the world’s only award that recognizes great deeds in legal empowerment. Nearly 200 organizations applied for this global prize. An eminent panel of judges awarded three groups – Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Bangladesh), City Life/Vida Urbana (United States), and NIRMAN…

Birth Certificates in Bangladesh: Ruma’s Story

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals

Ruma’s daughter was approaching school age, but there was a problem: Her daughter didn’t have a birth certificate. Ruma couldn’t enroll her in school without one.   The idea of securing a birth certificate was daunting and unclear for Ruma. She is a member of Bangladesh’s Urdu-speaking community, a minority group that has faced discrimination…

How One Experience in Bangladesh Advanced Women’s Rights Work in Myanmar

Posted by Nant Thi Thi Oo in Gender, Global Legal Empowerment Network

The following is a blog by Nant Thi Thi Oo, a data entry associate with Namati’s program in Myanmar.    In November 2015, I had the chance to participate in a learning exchange hosted by Namati and the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA). I was very grateful to be selected to go. The exchange focused…

Shamima’s Story: Maternal Care and Citizenship in Bangladesh

Posted by McKinley Charles in Citizenship, Community Paralegals

Shamima cannot afford health care. Not even at the government hospitals. Like most members of the minority Urdu-speaking community in Khulna, in southwest Bangladesh, she and her husband do not have enough to meet their basic needs. With his income as an autorickshaw driver, they can only afford to rent a one-room house. The counselor’s…

An Empowering Exchange

Posted by McKinley Charles in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

Wirdan Fauzi is a public interest lawyer with the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute. His job is to improve the lives of workers by building their understanding of their rights and advocating for changes to labor policies. But for Wirdan, it is much more than just a job, it’s a way to fulfill his personal goal of…