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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…

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…

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…

Legal Empowerment and Horizontal Inequalities after Conflict

Lars Waldorf,

This resource comes from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019 Vol. 55, No. 3, 437–455. This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and, if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities. Nevertheless, there are risks that legal empowerment might contribute to a…

Identity Documents, Welfare Enhancement, and Group Empowerment in the Global South

Wendy Hunter,

This resource is from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3, 366–383. Having a birth certificate is a stepping stone to acquiring an array of rights and benefits, including other documents necessary to navigate in and outside of one’s home country. Despite a birth certificate’s importance, many children in the developing world…

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

Namati y Open Society Justice Initiative, en cooperación con UNHCR,

Actualmente, 1.100 millones de personas en el mundo no cuentan con documentos que acrediten su identidad legal. Sin esto, no pueden votar, acceder a atención de la salud o ir a la escuela, y se exponen al riesgo de ser apátridas. Puede haber comunidades enteras—sobre todo de sectores de bajos recursos y miembros de minorías—sin…

Legal Empowerment and Group-Based Inequality

Rachel M. Gisselquist,

This resource comes from The Journal of Development Studies, 2019 Vol. 55, No. 3, 333–347. Legal empowerment has become widely accepted in development policy circles as an approach to addressing poverty and exclusion. At the same time, it has received relatively little attention from political scientists and sociologists working on overlapping and closely related topics –…

How to Solve a Land Grab (Burmese)

Namati,

This publication guides paralegals and those affected by land grabs through solving their cases. It includes useful laws, regulations, institutions, and methodologies drawn from the practical experiences of handling these cases. This document is written in Burmese.

A Community-Based Practitioner’s Guide: Documenting Citizenship and Other Forms of Legal Identity

Namati and Open Society Justice Initiative, in cooperation with UNHCR,

Today, 1.1 billion people around the world lack legal identity documentation. Without it, they cannot vote, access healthcare, or go to school—and are at risk of becoming stateless. Entire communities—especially the poor and members of minority groups—may lack documentation, leaving them legally and politically invisible. The lack of effective citizenship prevents millions from realizing their…

Advocacy Toolkit: A Guide to Influencing Decisions that Improve Children’s Lives

UNICEF,

The Advocacy Toolkit is applicable for all levels of the organization as a resource for building a structured approach for sustained advocacy. The tools are particularly relevant for UNICEF country offices and national committees, but its content will also be valuable to anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the human rights-based approach to advocacy and how this approach is applied.

Far West Nepal Celebrates Access to Justice in the Global Goals

Posted by Prabhakar Bagchand in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Post-2015 Agenda

Members of Nepal’s marginalized Dalit community in Ghuinyaghat, Dhangadhi Kailali in the Far West of Nepal celebrated the inclusion of Access to Justice targets in the Sustainable Development Goals amidst lots of fan-fare on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The celebration coincided with Rural Women’s Day. Community members linked the justice targets of the global goals to…

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…

Justice in the SDGs for Nepal’s Women and Dalits

Posted by Namati in Post-2015 Agenda

The Kathmandu Post is running an OpEd by Som Niroula and Neetu Pokharel, of the Alliance for Social Dialogue in Nepal, that argues for the inclusion of justice targets in the new development goals. This, they argue, is the best way  of ensuring enforcement of Nepal’s obligations to women and those who suffer caste discrimination. “A large number of Nepali…