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Sustainable Development Goal 16.9: ‘Legal Identity’ Nationality and Statelessness

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion,

This booklet introduces key concepts that can be adopted by Legal identity practitioners to protect vulnerable and marginalized groups. It also explains flawed identity processes can cause and/ or perpetuate statelessness. Finally, it presents some strategies to help ensure statelessness is effectively addressed through inclusive and human rights based development policies on legal identity If…

Moldova, Community Paralegals: Recognition & Financing

Namati,

This research brief is part of a series that reviews the nature of the work undertaken by community paralegals, and the extent to which that work is recognized or funded by government. In Moldova, paralegals are formally recognized in Law No. 198-XVI Law on State Guaranteed Legal Aid (2007). The first briefs published for this series focus…

From Syria to Europe: Experience of Stateless Kurds and Palestinian Refugees from Syria Seeking Protection in Europe

Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion, European Network on Statelessness, Steunpunt Vluchtelingen (ASKV),

Statelessness is an overlooked and often invisible feature of the forced migration context in Europe. Increasingly, however, actors involved in the refugee response are discovering that some of the men, women and children they work with face nationality problems. Between 2015 and 2017, EU Member States received a total of over 95,000 asylum applications by…

Technology in Case Management for Legal Empowerment Work

The Engine Room, Open Society Justice Initiative ,

This report reviews how organisations in Indonesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Sierra Leone and South Africa are using technology and data to further their work on legal empowerment.  To do so, it assesses how organisations in Open Society Foundations’ Shared Framework collect, manage and analyse data on community based justice provision in those five countries, as well…

Initiatives on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

UNDP,

As part of UNDP’s Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor launched in 2007, this booklet illustrates case studies from legal empowerment projects in six countries: Pakistan, Zambia, Albania, Indonesia, Egypt, and India. These case studies highlight issues such as rent seeking by corrupt officials, employment conditions in the informal economy, and access to legal…

Justice Needs in Ukraine

HiiL,

In 2016, HiiL, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has conducted a Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey (JNS) in Ukraine. This report highlights the main findings from the 2015 Ukrainian Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey, which has been compiled with input from more than 6,500 respondents from 24 regions of the…

Advancing Public Health through Strategic Litigation: Lessons from Five Countries

Open Society Foundation,

The law has a critical role to play in advancing public health in general, and in promoting the health of marginalized populations in particular. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law, for instance, has documented the positive role that strong legal protections can play specifically in addressing HIV. In its view, with interventions for…

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…

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova Paralegal Job Description

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova,

This resource is a job description for a paralegal position used by the National Legal Aid Council of Moldova.

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova Paralegal Activity Monitoring Description Form

National Legal Aid Council of Moldova,

This resource is a case management form used by the National Legal Aid Council of Moldova that allows for a monitor to review a paralegal’s activity.

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

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Resources & Research

¿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…

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

Posted by Vivek Maru in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Post-2015 Agenda

This article was originally published in the Norwegian news outlet Aftenposten, on August 12, 2016. The Norwegian version can be read here.    Since World War II many countries have come to respect fundamental liberties, at least by the letter of the law. But for billions of people around the world those laws aren’t worth…

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…

Short documentary explores the critical role paralegals are playing in Moldova

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Global Legal Empowerment Network

“If it hadn’t been for the paralegal, I don’t know what would have happened to me”, recalls Svetlana, who lives in a rural community. Svetlana had been suffering from domestic violence.” It was impossible for my children and me to live in peace and quiet in the house”, she says. Watch this video to understand Svetlana’s story and the crucial role played by a paralegal in her case and in the lives of many others in her community.