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Africa Prisons Project Impact Report 2017

African Prisons Project,

This resource is a 2017 impact report from the Africa Prisons Project, which begins with the following introductory note from the founder and Director General: Over the past decade, I’ve visited prisons all around Africa, where the majority of prisoners are still awaiting trial. In terrible conditions, their circumstances appear overwhelming and their future seems…

Kenya Community Paralegals: Recognition and Financing Research Brief

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 Kenya, community paralegals are recognized in the Legal Aid Act of 2016. They are referred to formally as “paralegals.” The first briefs published for…

Vices of Discrimination: The Impacts of Vetting and Delays in the Issuance of ID Cards in Kenya

Namati ,

This policy brief aims to highlight the plight of Kenyans who face difficulties in getting identity cards due to their ethnicity. It sheds light on how the discretionary and discriminatory processes they endure delay the issuance of their ID cards and further demonstrates how these delays endanger the wellbeing of the applicants and their families. The…

Child Protection Issue Brief: Birth Registration

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

This briefing note outlines key actions that can be taken by UNCHR and its partners to ensure access to birth registration for all children.

Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Kenya

HiiL Innovating Justice ,

In cooperation with the Kenyan judiciary  in 2017, HiiL Innovating Justice conducted a nationwide Justice Needs and Satisfaction survey in Kenya. The main objective of this study is to map out the demand and supply of justice services as the Kenyan people experience them. Using a bottom-up approach, we asked 6005 randomly selected individuals across…

CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS IN KENYA

Namati, Haki na Sheria , Haki Centre, Nubian Rights Forum , Open Society Foundations ,

The Kenya Citizenship program has developed Flip charts in Kiswahili and a smaller booklet version as paralegal guide. The vision of the flip charts is to guide the paralegals during community meetings. This was as a result of the inconsistency in the content of community meetings by the paralegals from the different parts of the…

CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS IN KENYA (Swahili)

Namati, Haki na Sheria , Haki Centre, Numbian Rights Forum , Open Society Foundations ,

The Kenya Citizenship program has developed Flip charts in Kiswahili and a smaller booklet version as paralegal guide. The vision of the flip charts is to guide the paralegals during community meetings. This was as a result of the inconsistency in the content of community meetings by the paralegals from the different parts of the…

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,…

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…

Access to Justice: Evaluating the Law, Health and Human Rights Programmes in Kenya

Sofia Gruskin, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, Tamar Ezer, Anne Gathumbi, Jonathan Cohen, Patricia Kameri-Mbote,

In Kenya, human rights violations have a marked impact on the health of people living with HIV. Integrating legal literacy and legal services into healthcare appears to be an effective strategy to empower vulnerable groups and address underlying determinants of health. Legal empowerment programmes have the potential to promote accountability, reduce stigma and discrimination and contribute…

A Historic Step Towards Securing Community Land Rights in Kenya

Posted by Jaron Vogelsang in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

This article was originally published by Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indigenous, pastoralist communities in Kenya made history last week by marching to the nation’s capital to demand official registration for their communal lands. This was unprecedented and the culmination of years of effort to empower communities to understand and claim their land rights. In 2016, the Government of…

Stopping the Digital ID Register in Kenya – A Stand Against Discrimination

Posted by Mustafa Mahmoud in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship, Namati News

On April 1, the High Court of Kenya heard arguments challenging the legality of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba, and demands to delay the rollout of the controversial system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners at Nubian Rights Forum and Haki…

A Father Without an Identity – Samson’s Story

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals

The first time Samson tried to get his identity card, he was 19. He and his friend went to the registrar’s office where they were both asked to “give something small” (a bribe) if that wanted to be attended to. His friend complied, but Samson did not have any money. A few weeks later, he…

A Herder, a Paralegal, a Protector of the Commons – Francis’ Story

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Francis first heard the news in late 2017: The village leaders responsible for managing Kuku B’s community land were reportedly holding secret meetings with private investors. This is all too common in Kenya, he knew what would come next: the leaders would sub-divide, privatize, and sell off parcels of the community’s land, leaving him and…

Case Filed to Stop New Digital ID Register in Kenya

Posted by Mustafa Mahmoud in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship, Namati News

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…

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….

Twenty-Nine Years Without an Identity

Posted by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals

The pickpocketer was fast. In the blink of an eye, Mahmoud’s wallet was gone. He lost the cash that was in it, his driving license and—worst of all—his identity card. Without an ID card in Kenya, you cannot vote. You cannot open a bank account or get a loan. You cannot gain admission to school…

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…

Nationality Rights of the Nubian Child – Namati and Partners Submit a Policy Brief to ACERWC

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship

On March 22, 2011, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) found Kenya to be in violation of the African Children’s Rights Charter. The case and verdict were based on the discriminatory rules and practices applied to Nubian children that denied them formal recognition of their Kenyan nationality. Without…

LEGEND Land Policy Bulletin: “Namati’s experience of using GeoODK GPS Mapping”

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection

Maps are critical tools that assist communities in securing formal legal recognition of their rights to customary land and supporting local land governance. However, the map-making support Namati could provide to communities in Africa and Asia was, until recently, limited to hand-drawn sketches. GPS and satellite technologies were too costly and technically complex. In 2016, Namati partnered with…

ABC News on Kenya’s Prison Paralegals

Posted by ABC News in Community Paralegals

Australia’s ABC News has captured the groundbreaking work of Global Legal Empowerment Network member Kituo cha Sheria in the prison system in Kenya. The program, Foreign Correspondent, shows prisoner paralegals working to bring justice for those wrongly imprisoned – often without trial. Kituo’s Aimee Ongeso told the filmmakers: “It is very challenging to go into…

BBC documentary on network member Kituo cha Sheria wins global award

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network

A documentary about a prisoner paralegal program run by Kenyan network member Kituo cha Sheria has won the top radio prize in the prestigious One World Media awards in London.

“Paralegal work has been very important to women in our community”

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Community Paralegals, Gender, Global Legal Empowerment Network

A woman’s husband dies and the town chief takes sides with her in-laws. Judith Ochanda, a community paralegal in Kenya, explains what happens next.