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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…

Innovative Financing Solutions for Community Support in the Context of Land Investments

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment,

Communities affected by agricultural, forestry, and other resource investments urgently need increased funding for legal and technical support. Too many communities struggle to access the support they need to protect their interests, in large part because they cannot afford it. This is in stark contrast to companies, who can generally afford the legal and technical…

All About Power: Understanding Social Power & Power Structures

Srilatha Batliwala, CREA,

When activists try to change people’s lives, or tackle the injustices they face, we are actually trying to change power equations. Understanding power in terms of both power structures and power relations is very important for anyone who is an activist working for social change. It is even more important for anyone working on women’s…

SDG Accountability Handbook: A Practical Guide for Civil Society

TAP Network,

The Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network is a broad network of civil society organisations (CSOs) that works to ensure that open, inclusive, accountable, effective governance and peaceful societies are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that civil society are recognized and mobilized as indispensable partners in the design, implementation…

We’re experts too! Checklist to support community led research

International Accountability Project,

When you hear the word “research”, what do you think of? Do you feel like research is something done far away by others? Is it something out of reach, only conducted by professors in universities? Research doesn’t have to be any of those things. We believe that research should be a collective effort, a process…

Survey Template for Community-led Research

International Accountability Project,

This Survey Template was designed to explore the direct experiences and expertise community members have about the process and impacts of development projects, and to identify ideas and priorities for their visions of development. You can adapt and translate this template to fit different contexts, and use the results to inform community advocacy designs and…

Justice for All: The report of the Task Force on Justice

The Pathfinders Task Force on Justice,

At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lies a vision of a “just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.” Justice is a thread that runs through all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without increased justice, the world will not be able…

How Countries Recognize and Finance Community Paralegals

Namati,

Background: What is a community paralegal? Community paralegals are dedicated to legal empowerment: they help people to understand, use, and shape the law. These advocates are called different names in different places – including “grassroots legal advocate,” “barefoot lawyer,” “community legal worker,” or a host of other titles. They are trained in law and policy…

Female Genital Mutilation: Fact Sheet

iProbono,

iProbono is producing a series of fact sheets to provide basic information and clarify the law on some of the most serious concerns regarding violence against women and girls. The first fact sheet in the series is about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). While our fact sheets aim to provide a global perspective, the focus of…

Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context

UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing,

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur examines the issue of the right to housing for residents of informal settlements and the commitment made by States to upgrade such settlements by 2030. Nearly one quarter of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements or encampments, most in developing countries but increasingly also in the…

Namati contributes to FAO Technical Guide on legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

The latest technical guide on the responsible governance of tenure from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the legal dimensions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests at the national level. Rachael Knight, Director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, was one of the main authors…

Nazdeek Receives Justice Prize from Legal Empowerment Network

Posted by Paul McCann in Global Legal Empowerment Network

At a small ceremony in New Delhi the winners of the inaugural global Namati Justice Prize received the Achmed Sesay Memorial Prize for great deeds in legal empowerment. The winner’s certificate was handed over to two of Nazdeek’s founders, Sukti Dhital and Jayshree Satpute, and Avantee Bansal, Nazdeek’s justice program associate by Maja Daruwala. Maja…

Online Database of Land-based Investment Contracts Invites Innovative Proposals

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Environment, Labor Rights, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities

OpenLandContracts.org aims to promote greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitate a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provide useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders. Initially launched in October 2015, the repository provides the full text of contracts, as well as plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human…

New online interactive map helps Indigenous peoples and communities assert land rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

LandMark is a new online mapping platform that provides critical information on the collective land and natural resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world. The interactive, global map is designed to increase the visibility of indigenous and community lands and present crucial information on the state of land rights. LandMark currently provides…

Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources

Namati is proud to support the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights. The worldwide campaign aims to double the area of land recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and local communities by 2020. This campaign is an opportunity to support and make visible the struggle of Indigenous Peoples and communities…

Using the Law to Defend Indigenous Lands: New Video from ‘Territories of Life’

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

Territories of Life is a series of videos produced by LifeMosaic to shares stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. The latest video, ‘Using The Law‘, examines strategies for using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of indigenous lands. The 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in…

The Global Goals – A Win for our Community

Posted by Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda

On September 25th 2015 the new 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 countries at the United National General Assembly. Tackling injustice has been placed at the heart of this framework. While we must celebrate the substantial gains made by the Justice 2015 Campaign, we cannot under estimate the challenges that lie…

Measuring Land Rights for a Sustainable Future

Posted by Kaitlin Y. Cordes and Jeffrey D. Sachs in Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Land rights, both for individuals and for communities, are critical for achieving sustainable development. Security of land tenure and other rights to the land (sometimes held communally rather than individually) can accelerate poverty reduction, strengthen food security, and empower women. Land rights can reduce resource conflicts, as well as encourage the responsible use of natural resources. As…

Justice 2015 Update: Goal 16’s Impact

Posted by Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda

Over the last two years more than 300 organizations in the Global Legal Empowerment Network have campaigned for justice targets to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their advocacy has been at both the international and the national level, with high-level political meetings, OpEds, open letters, campaign days and media events pushing the case…

Why SDG indicators on land are crucial

Posted by Luca Miggiano in Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Protecting people’s land rights is also about measuring them in the right way. The upcoming Sustainable Development Goals are a historic opportunity to improve the livelihoods of the most marginalized women and men in the world. To do this, we need indicators that do not go below existing international benchmarks that protect people’s land rights….

TerraNullius profiles the Community Land Rights CaseBase

Posted by Rachael Knight, Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Melissa Riess-James in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources

TerraNullius – a leading blog on topics of land rights, human rights, and rule of law – has published a profile of CaseBase, Namati’s new online database of community land rights case law. Read the blog on TerraNullius to learn about the goals and development of the Community Land Rights CaseBase. Explore CaseBase CaseBase – Namati’s  free, online,…

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has launched a groundbreaking new tool for lawyers and advocates working to protect community rights to land and natural resources: the Community Land Rights CaseBase. More and more lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet they often struggle to find supportive legal precedent – within their own country or…

Videos on Community Land Protection

Posted by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

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…

UNHCR Features Paralegals and Citizenship in Bangladesh

Posted by UNHCR in Citizenship

How a Bangladesh court ruling changed the lives of more than 300,000 stateless people. Bangladesh features as one of seven case studies from Asia, Europe and Latin America in the first of a series of UNHCR Good Practices Papers released on Monday. The first one of these, “Resolving Existing Major Situations of Statelessness,” corresponds to the…

Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

Posted by Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Namati has joined with a coalition of organizations to produce a briefing paper on the place of land rights in the new Sustainable Development Goals. The briefing has been endorsed by organisations such as ActioAid, Oxfam, Landesa, Global Witness and Habitat for Humanity. It contains five headline recommendations: 1. The Post-2015 Agenda should advance and monitor…

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