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Introduction to Innovative Financing for Legal Empowerment Organizations

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

This article explores challenges and opportunities that arise when generating earned income for legal empowerment organizations. The article offers: 1) key reasons why legal empowerment organizations should consider innovative financing and alternatives to philanthropy, 2) an overview of effective sustainability techniques, with examples from across the legal empowerment field, and 3) critical pieces of advice…

Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

The Legal Empowerment Movement and Its Implications

Peter Chapman,

Around the world, a global legal empowerment movement is transforming the way in which people access justice. The concept of legal empowerment is rooted in strengthening the ability of communities to: “understand, use and shape the law.” The movement relies on people helping one another to stand up to authority and challenge injustice. At its…

A Few Interventions and Offerings from Five Movement Lawyers to the Access to Justice Movement

Jennifer Ching, Thomas B. Harvey, Meena Jagannath, Purvi Shah, Blake Strode,

We are five lawyers who occupy very different corners of justice work. We are civil rights, human rights, and criminal defense lawyers, and we have worked at and managed legal services programs. We have taught law at law schools and universities and have built our own organizations. We currently work in interdisciplinary spaces with community…

Hybrid entities can bring for-profit strategies to NGO funding

Louis Bickford,

This resource touches on how Hybrid entities that mix for-profit and not-for-profit strategies have the potential to free NGOs from constantly seeking foundation funding. Through his experiences in both the NGO world and now through a startup in Silicon Valley Louis Bickford shares insights of his journey so far

Task Force on Justice Innovating Working Group Report

HiiL Innovating Justice, Taskforce on Justice,

This is the report of the Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice.  The Innovation Working Group was asked to review the evidence of unmet justice needs, explore the potential for innovation, explore the investment possibilities for promising innovation areas, provide parameters for enhancing innovation for SDG16.3, and to make recommendations on these…

Justice In Government Toolkit

American University Justice Programs Office,

Civil legal aid is free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it, whether provided through direct services or court-based self-help centers, community education, medical-legal partnerships, and online information. Legal aid can help to improve the quality and efficiency of government programs, increase access to justice, and achieve policy outcomes and priorities. This Toolkit helps government policymakers,…

Redress for land and resource rights violations: a legal empowerment agenda

Brendan Schwartz, Lorenzo Cotula, Masalu Luhula, Tomaso Ferrando, Hayden Fairburn,

A recent wave of large-scale commercial investments in agriculture, extractive industries and other land-based sectors has compounded the ‘global resource squeeze’ in low- and middle-income countries. But many communities affected by land rights violations struggle to assert their rights or obtain redress. Demand for legal support outstrips resources and what is available is not always…

Legal Empowerment of the Poor: Innovating Access to Justice

Maaike de Langen, Maurits Barendrecht,

In this essay, we begin with some general observations on the state of access to justice. Because access to justice is hard to measure and data on such access are scarce, we give a description of the barriers to justice and mechanisms of exclusion and analyze how these work out for the poor in developing…

Theory of Change Thinking in Practice: A Stepwise Approach

Hivos,

Hivos aims for structural, systemic change that enables all citizens – both women and men – to participate actively and equally in the decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future. Consequently, Hivos staff and partner organisations engage in complex social processes. Change emerges as a result of the simultaneous push and…

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…

Apply now for the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

This December, we’re bringing together 60 inspiring voices for the fifth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course (LELC) at Budapest’s Central European University. The course is an opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together. We want you to be with us! Applications are now open…

Annual Survey Results: 5 Things We Learned About Network Members

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Each year the Global Legal Empowerment Network conducts a survey to take stock of where our movement is and where we need to go. Over 400 Network members from 80 countries took part in this year’s survey. The results are in, and they are revealing. Here are five big takeaways. 1. Our Network is growing…

Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, 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…

Namati’s 2018 Annual Report – Now Available

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

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…

New collection of essays on access to justice in the US

Posted by Vivek Maru in General, Resources & Research

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…

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…

The World’s First Book on Community Paralegals

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, General, Namati News, 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….

New brief makes the case to fund and protect justice defenders

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

“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…

How not to conduct Large-scale Agricultural Investments

Posted 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

What should we get done together in 2019?

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

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…

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

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, 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…

TED Radio Hour with Vivek Maru: How Can We Make Legal Support Accessible To All?

Posted by Vivek Maru, Namati in Community Paralegals, General

Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, appeared on the TED Radio Hour for an interview on how the movement for legal empowerment supports communities not to give up on democracy, but rather to forge a deeper version of democracy in which law is something everybody can understand, use, and shape. You can listen to the full interview…

Help Us Demand Justice For All at the United Nations

Posted by Vivek Maru, Namati CEO in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Post-2015 Agenda

We live in challenging times. While the movement for legal empowerment is stronger than ever, so are the forces working to stymie access to justice across the globe. Today, we have a unique opportunity to change that, by making justice for all a central issue for world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly. We…

Bad-Faith Contracts & Unjust Investments – How can communities protect their interests?

Posted by Rachael Knight & Kaitlin Cordes in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Deciding whether or not to allow an investor to use community lands and natural resources is one of the most important decisions a community can make. Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) have published two new guides to help communities prepare for interactions with investors and, if they so wish, negotiate fair, equitable contracts….

New Guides Help Communities to Negotiate Fair Contracts with Investors

Posted by Namati, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

WASHINGTON, DC — With investors increasingly turning to more remote locations for the establishment of forestry, agribusiness, mining, and infrastructure projects, it is critical that communities worldwide gain a practical understanding of contract negotiations, according to two new guides by Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).   Launched today, the Community-Investor Negotiation…

Paralegals share lessons learned on holding community legal trainings

Posted by Centre for Policy Research-Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

Paralegals with Namati and the Centre for Policy Research’s joint environmental justice program (who are called ‘enviro-legal coordinators’ or ELCs for short) have now conducted close to 75 community trainings on India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification in Uttara Kannada district. Last month, one of the program’s senior managers, Meenakshi Kapoor, held calls with senior ELCs…

Our Community is Taking Action: An Update on the Global Legal Empowerment Network

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

2018 has been a busy year for our community. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is growing and deepening on many fronts. Since January, nearly a thousand new members have joined the Network, representing almost 20% growth in membership this year. Together, on every continent, we are taking on some of the most pressing justice issues…

On Mandela’s 100th birthday, we must continue his long walk to freedom

Posted by Vivek Maru in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Today is the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Madiba was a beacon for social justice — his activism paved the way for some of the world’s earliest community paralegals, who emerged in the 1950s to assist black South Africans with navigating and resisting codes of apartheid. I write to you from Johannesburg, with my…

Apply for the World’s Only Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

This December, we’re bringing 60 inspiring voices together at Budapest’s Central European University for the fourth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course. This gathering is an opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together. We want you there with us. Applications are now open…

New Paralegal Practitioner’s Guide on Citizenship Rights

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Namati News, Resources & Research

Around the world, 1.1 billion people lack legal identity documentation, such as birth certificates, ID cards, and passports that can help prove their nationality or entitlement to citizenship. Without proof of citizenship, these individuals cannot vote, access health care, or go to school. Some are even left stateless or at risk of becoming so. Citizenship is…

The Network Has Spoken – Results of the Annual Survey

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Resources & Research

In February, the Global Legal Empowerment Network took part in an annual survey to assess where our movement is at and where we need to go. The results are in, and they tell us a lot. We are an extraordinary global community—representing over 150 countries. We are united by a common purpose: putting the power of law…

Namati’s 2017 Annual Report — Now Available

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

We are pleased to announce the release of Namati’s 2017 annual report. We invite you to explore the facts, figures, and stories that fill its pages. Discover how many clients Namati and partners worked with and what remedies we achieved together. Read about the personal journeys of individuals like Mahmoud and Daw Nan Shan who learned how…

Op-ed: The World Bank shouldn’t hide when it funds projects that harm communities – Washington Post

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

In this essay in the Washington Post, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, makes the case for why the World Bank should not hide when it funds projects that harm communities. Instead, these institutions should make investments more accountable to the people they were set up to help. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is having rich discussions…

Join a Learning Exchange on Citizenship Rights

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

The greatest tool we have to tackle the world’s most pressing justice issues is each other. Sharing successes and challenges can help shape and strengthen our work, and in the process, the whole movement grows. That’s why we’re excited to offer this important opportunity. From October 7 – 19 in Kenya, the Global Legal Empowerment Network…

Announcing the Winners of the Grassroots Justice Prize

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

On World Social Justice Day, Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network came together with justice defenders from around the world to announce and celebrate the winners of the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize. We first launched the competition in 2015 to shine a spotlight on great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. In 2017,…

Justice For All Campaign Launches on World Social Justice Day

Posted by Stacey Cram in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda

In 2015, 193 countries agreed to make “access to justice for all” one of the goals for achieving sustainable development by 2030. This marked a huge shift in global thinking. But that thinking has not been matched by action. When the 17 goals were announced, most were accompanied by major financial commitments: $956 million from…

TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Environment, General, Global Legal Empowerment Network

In August, Namati’s CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, spoke about the global epidemic of injustice from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha — and proposed a way to fight it together. TED has now added the video recording of the talk to their website. Within four days, almost half a million people from around the world had…

Help Choose the Winner of the Grassroots Justice Prize

Posted by Namati in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

In November, we launched the second biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition — the only global competition to recognize the unsung heroes of the legal empowerment movement. Now it is up to you to determine the winner. We have narrowed down the candidates for the competition’s #WalkTogether Prize for Courage to ten organizations that help people…

The Grassroots Justice Prize is Back — Apply or Nominate Today!

Posted by Namati in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that. In 2015, we launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the…

Podcast: Can Legal Empowerment Change Power Dynamics?

Posted by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Environment, General, Land & Natural Resources

Access to justice is a key governance concern in developed and developing countries alike. Community legal workers aim to help poor or comparatively powerless people defend themselves against land grabs, obtain public services, and challenge corruption. Can this bottom-up approach counter powerful interests seeking to entrench their control? Can legal empowerment help respond to rising…

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research

Posted by Adrian Di Giovanni in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Resources & Research

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research By Adrian Di Giovanni, Senior Program Specialist, Law & Development at International Development Research Centre The slow burn of justice. In launching the “Resisting Injustice” blog series, Namati has evoked the powerful image of the arc of history bending towards justice and, in the process, a long…

Climate Change & Legal Empowerment – Namati’s CEO in WIRED magazine (UK Edition)

Posted by Namati in Environment, General, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

In the latest UK edition of WIRED magazine, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, shares his ideas on what we, as a global community, must do to combat climate change. Maru proposes that while vital, the current trend of focusing on large-scale policy change is not enough. We need to simultaneously invest in bottom-up environmentalism by supporting…

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally

Posted by Sara Andrews in General

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally By Sara Andrews, Senior International Pro Bono Counsel and Assistant Director, New Perimeter Do private sector lawyers have a role to play in increasing access to justice for people who cannot afford legal representation around the world? Based on recent events, the answer appears to…

Vivek Maru & Sonkita Conteh named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

We are pleased to announce that Vivek Maru, Namati’s co-founder and CEO, and Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s co-founder and Sierra Leone director, have received the honor of being named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2017. According to the Schwab Foundation, the 2017 awardees include “17 outstanding leaders at the helm of 13 organizations pioneering…

Financing Justice – an article by Namati’s CEO in Foreign Policy

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda

The law should be accessible to everyone. The international community agreed to this when they adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the funding needed to make it a reality has not materialized. With authoritarianism on the rise worldwide, finding a solution to the funding gap is now more critical than ever. Namati’s CEO, Vivek…

Launching the “Resisting Injustice” Blog Series

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

It’s been hard to watch the news recently. With the growing refugee crisis, rise of populism, increase in vigilante justice, and birth of “alternative facts”, the legal empowerment community is facing huge challenges all around the world. Key allies who have helped support and finance access to justice seem to be turning away. But we…

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…

“Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs”

Posted by Ope Peters in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

For 50 years access to justice has been guaranteed as a basic human right under international law. Yet for hundreds of millions of people around the world, this right is not their reality. Many countries have either failed to enact sufficient laws at the national level or failed to effectively implement them. As is often…

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

Posted by The Economist in Community Paralegals, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

He Came with Challenges and Left with Solutions

Posted by Michael Otto in Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Opportunities

Bambang Pradityo works for KBH Bogor in Indonesia. KBH Bogor is a legal aid organization that uses paralegals to help local farming communities and labor unions understand and advocate for their rights. Bambang, however, has faced significant challenges in his work. Efforts to build a strong paralegal network were not going well, and finding sustainable funding…

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…

Forbes: “A New League Of ‘Barefoot Lawyers’ Will Transform Justice In The Next 15 Years”

Posted by Meera Vijayann, contributor in Community Paralegals, General

For the average person, a lawyer may conjure up the image of a professional in a buttoned-down jacket straight out of the legal drama, Suits. But not to Nadim Hossain, a local pharmacist in the city of Khulna, Bangladesh. One of 300,000 Urdu-speaking Bangladeshis settled in a refugee camp set up by the Red Cross…

The Panama Papers, Corruption and the Missing Solution

Posted by Stacey Cram in Advocacy & Systemic Change

The role of law is to provide safeguards and protection for us all. But when the law resides in the hands of a few, those few have the power to ignore it, evade it, or manipulate it to advance their own interests – often at the expense of others. Such injustices occur around the world…

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

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, 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…

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…

Protecting Community Lands — Everything We Know in a New Guide!

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

We are thrilled to launch an important new resource for frontline land rights advocates around the world: the Community Land Protection Facilitators’ Guide. After years of working with partners to support communities to protect their land rights, today we are sharing what we’ve learned. This Facilitators’ Guide is a step-by-step, practical “how to” manual for grassroots advocates…

Putting the Law in People’s Hands

Posted by Caitlin Sislin in General

Dear Friends, Law is supposed to be a sacred thread: that ties us together and protects each one of us. But for billions of people around the world the law is broken. It’s an abstraction, or a threat, or a really bad joke. Namati works to place the power of law in the hands of people….

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, 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…

Justice in the Global Development Goals – We Won!

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda

  Last week our community won a historic victory. Justice is in the new global development goals.  The original Millennium Development Goals, issued in 2000, were laudable, but they left out law and justice altogether. Our community came together to argue that justice should be at the heart of development. Many officials said this would…

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…

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

A day after Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, presented justice as one of the six central themes which he believes the countries of the world should base the new sustainable development goals around, we want to share this video from our friends at the World Resources Institute. It beautifully shows how fundamental access to justice is for sustainable development, human…

Our Story

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, explains Namati’s mission and model of working. The film was made by Ashoka to mark Vivek’s induction as an Ashoka Fellow in September 2014. At Ashoka he is part of a movement of leading social entrepreneurs from 70 countries who have each developed innovative solutions to social problems. Click…

Vivek Maru shares insights at World Justice Forum

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, General, Namati News

Watch a video of Namati CEO Vivek Maru at The Economic and Legal Empowerment panel at the 2013 World Justice Forum, where panelists focused on modern methods of legal empowerment and highlighted innovative solutions to closing the gap between written law and law as experienced by the poor.

A Movement Toward Justice Reform

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Post-2015 Agenda

Listen to a podcast of Namati CEO Vivek Maru at last week’s Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on Legal Empowerment and Justice for the Poor. Maru tells stories of practical justice and explains why legal empowerment is fundamental to realizing human rights and development goals.