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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…

Women, Food, Land: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages

International Development Law Organization ,

Women, Food, Land: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages provides an overview of the relationship between gender equality, food security and the rule of law. This report lays out a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening the synergies between the rule of law and gender equality within sustainable development programs to ensure food security for everyone….

An Unresolved Legal Question About Forest Rights

Kanchi Kohli ,

In January 2016, the district level authorities revoked the Community Forest Rights (CFR) granted to Ghatbarra village, located in Sarguja district of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, as per due process of law. The reason cited was that the exercise of these rights was coming in the way of coal mining operations in the area….

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…

The Rule of Law in Pakistan: Key Findings from the 2017 Extended General Population Poll & Justice Sector Survey

World Justice Project ,

Strengthening the rule of law is an important objective for governments, donors, and civil society organizations around the world. To be effective, however, strengthening the rule of law requires clarity about the fundamental features of the rule of law as well as an adequate basis for its evaluation and measurement. This report presents select findings…

Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence in Zimbabwe: A Case Documentation on the UN Women Supported Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Project

Justice for Children (JCT), Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) , Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA),

Justice for Children (JCT) in conjunction with Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) signed an agreement with UN Women to implement joint gender-based violence (GBV) project in three districts: Bindura in Mashonaland Central Province, Makoni in Manicaland Province and Beitbridge in Matabeleland South Province. In response to the…

Workbook on Security: Practical Steps for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Frontline Defenders ,

Human Rights Defenders are those who work non-violently on behalf of others for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This includes those who work for civil and political rights, social, economic, environmental and cultural rights, and the right to equality, such as those working for women’s rights…

Community Facilitators in the Pursuit of Justice: Lessons from Jordan on Recruitment, Training, & Data

Namati , Open Society Foundations, Justice Center for Legal Aid , TAMKEEN: fields for aid , Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development ,

The Community Empowerment Project, initiated by the Open Society Foundations in Jordan, builds on and complements existing refugee response efforts through legal empowerment and community-based justice services. The project supports both Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan to understand and use legal and administrative systems to find concrete solutions to justice problems. In the…

Community Facilitators in the Pursuit of Justice: Lessons from Jordan on Recruitment, Training, & Data (Arabic)

Namati , Open Society Foundations, Justice Center for Legal Aid , TAMKEEN: fields for aid , Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development ,

The Community Empowerment Project, initiated by the Open Society Foundations in Jordan, builds on and complements existing refugee response efforts through legal empowerment and community-based justice services. The project supports both Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan to understand and use legal and administrative systems to find concrete solutions to justice problems. In the…

Prison Paralegal Program

Legal Aid Society (LAS), Legal Aid Office (LAO),

The Legal Aid Office Project operates under the umbrella of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners, a committee established by the Government of Sindh in 2004 for the welfare and legal assistance of underprivileged prisoners. The Committee is headed by the Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid and operates in 21 prisons with the objective of…

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