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Rule of Law and COVID-19 Policy Brief

International Development Law Organization (IDLO),

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of the world. The effectiveness of government measures to contain the virus and Build Back Better depends upon the capacity of public institutions and their leadership to provide transparent, effective, and accountable actions, in adherence with the rule of law. With its emphasis on rule of law as…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 4: Middle East and North Africa

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the law and policy environment for civic space in select countries in the Middle East and North Africa as of July 2019. It conducts a comprehensive review of the legal environment in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Morocco. It then provides shorter summaries of the key civic space issues in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia,…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 3: Latin America

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the legal environment for civic space in nine countries in Latin America as of November 2019, with a focus on identifying laws and policies that represent the most serious threats to civic space. The focus countries are: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. This Report is…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 2: Europe and Central Asia Region

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the legal environment for civic space in nine countries in the Europe and Central Asian region as of August 2019, with an emphasis on identifying laws and policies which represent serious threats to the ability of civil society organisations to operate freely. The nine countries are: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary,…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 1: Asia Pacific Region

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviewed the legal environment for civic space in 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region as of February 2019, with an emphasis on identifying laws and policies which represent serious threats to the ability of civil society organisations to operate freely, namely: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New…

Restrictions on Civic Space Globally: Law and Policy Mapping Series. Volume 5: Sub-Saharan Africa

Centre for Law and Democracy,

This Report reviews the law and policy environment for civic space in 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It focuses on identifying laws and policies that represent more serious threats to civic space…

Escuchar, reconocer y comprender para transformar. Lineamentos metodológicos: una guía para las comunidades

Comisión de la Verdad, Dejusticia,

Esta cartilla busca contribuir al entendimiento y la difusión de los lineamientos metodológicos de la Comisión de la Verdad en los territorios a través de un resumen esquemático de su contenido. La cartilla consta de dos partes que buscan explicar los fundamentos y los procesos que guiarán a la Comisión en los próximos tres años…

Espacios democráticos en tiempo de pandemia: Desafíos y respuestas

Jessica Corredor Villamil,

En este texto se analizan los efectos de las medidas tomadas por los gobiernos para contener la pandemia del coronavirus en los espacios democráticos. En la primera parte se hace un recuento de las afectaciones más graves al espacio cívico por causa de las diferentes respuestas que han tenido los gobiernos, con un enfoque especial…

Información en emergencias: un salvavidas

Vivian Newman, Juan Carlos Upegui, Daniel Ospina,

Sin información no hay conocimiento. La transparencia sobre información relacionada con el brote de SARS CoV-2 en Colombia es fundamental para la garantía de los derechos humanos. En este documento la autora y los autores se centran en cuatro facetas del acceso a la información, con sus respectivos riesgos, que deben tener en cuenta los…

Gestión de planes de acción locales de gobierno abierto: herramientas para la cocreación, el seguimiento y la evaluación

Alejandra Naser, Verona Fideleff, Joaquín Tognoli,

El presente documento está dirigido a actores de todos los sectores (gobierno, sociedad civil organizada, academia, sector privado) comprometidos con el desarrollo sostenible en la región de América Latina y el Caribe, y particularmente interesados en promover la transparencia, el acceso a la información, la participación ciudadana y la colaboración multisectorial en la gestión de…

Using legal empowerment to fight exploitative land investors in Sierra Leone

Posted by Hassan Sesay & Daniel Sesay in Community Paralegals, General, Land & Natural Resources

Legal empowerment helps locals to understand and claim their rights, resulting in a legal victory for communities in Sierra Leone against exploitative corporations. In 2010, Sierra Leone Agriculture (SLA) Ltd., a British-owned company, signed a lease with Bureh, Kasseh and Maconteh (BKM) Chiefdom in the Port Loko District of Sierra Leone for 41,582 hectares of…

It takes legal empowerment to solve the housing crisis

Posted by Denis Kimathi in Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

In this blog, the authors argue that the global housing problems are a denial of justice and legal empowerment is a solution to this injustice. According to the authors, resolving the housing injustice starts with empowering people and communities to know, use and shape the law. At a time when 1 in 4 people globally…

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…

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…

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…

2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Namati and the Global Network named as recipients

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Namati News

We are pleased to announce that Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the Skoll Foundation, the award is presented to leaders or organizations that are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater…

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

Posted by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board

Posted by Daniel Sesay in General

President Koroma of Sierra Leone has strongly committed his government’s support to legal aid and the work of paralegals. He made the announcement during the formal launch of the legal aid board that Namati helped bring into existence in Freetown on Thursday 19th November 2015. Namati and other civil society groups advocated for the passage of the…

Recommendations for addressing bribery in the health sector

Posted by Namati Mozambique in Health

Namati Mozambique has produced an essential guide for patients and specialist on how to avoid bribery in the Mozambican health sector. The guide contains a series of recommendations for both policy and practice focused on the identification, prevention and combat of bribery in the health sector in Mozambique. It is a practical tool that can be used by patients,…

India’s Quest for Power

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli on how India’s ‘balance’ of industrialisation and ecological protection actually looks at the ground level. “The lives of people living in coastal or forest ecosystems are likely to change drastically if one is to go by the number of power plants going up in India today. Each company seeking permission to operate a coal mine…