The Cooperative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD) Program

New South Wales Legal Aid,

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation by New South Wales Legal Aid describing the Cooperative Legal Service Delivery (CLSD) program, which aims to target the needs of disadvantaged people by improving coordination of legal services.

Practice Guide for Environmental Justice Paralegals

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program ,

Introduction and Overview of the Practice Guide  Large parts of the world, irrespective of their level of economic development, are on the cusp of severe environmental crises. In these regions, the operations of extractive projects such as large-scale plantations, mining and industrial development have negated or worsened the economic, social and physical well-being of communities…

Reconfiguring Investment Contracts to Promote Sustainable Development

Lorenzo Cotula, Kyla Tienhaara,

This article focuses on investments in lower and middle-income countries and aims to develop a conceptual framework for discussing contracts from a sustainable development perspective, and provides pointers for changes in contractual practice to maximize the pursuit of sustainable development goals like poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

The Challenge of Food Security: ‘Land Grabbing’

Lorenzo Cotula,

“Land Grabbing’ is a chapter from the book, The Challenge of Food Security (Edward Elgar 2012), which provides an analysis of national and international law, calls for more robust legal safeguards, and for efforts to strengthen local capacity to exercise rights.

Sustaining Legal Empowerment in Initiatives to Support Local Land Rights

Robien Nielsen, International Institute for Environment and Development,

This paper presents a possible conceptual framework for program design of legal empowerment programs focused on local land rights. It concludes with recommendations for practitioners, donors, and the research community on how to strengthen legal empowerment initiatives to ensure that citizens not only gain but retain the power to influence land-related decisions that affect their…

Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Nicaragua

Margot Kokke, Pedro Vuskovic,

In Nicaragua – one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere – a new type of intervention has been developed to facilitate access to justice for the rural poor. Facilitadores Judiciales are volunteers, selected by the community, who assist judges and other legal authorities in effecting the rule of law in their area. One…

Sand Mining in Coastal Areas: Legal Procedures to Follow in India


Understanding the legal status of sand mining is important before pursuing any remedy or seeking a regulatory response from concerned authorities. This short document outlines how you can map the laws that regulate riverbed and coastal sand mining and specifies which government institutions can be approached.

The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking

IOM International Organization for Migration,

IOM has had some 13 years of experience in implementing counter-trafficking activities and has provided assistance to over 14,000 victims of trafficking in all regions of the world. With a growing number of organizations, especially local NGOs, now providing or intending to provide assistance to victims of trafficking, IOM would like to share its experience…

Enhancing the Legal Profession’s Capacity for Innovation: The Promise of Reflective Practice and Action Research for Increasing Access to Justice

Michele M. Leering,

Recent national reports have documented growing justice gaps in Canada and have identified a compelling need for innovation in the justice sector to better meet the needs of the public. Nurturing a greater capacity for individual, collective, and critical reflection will ensure the legal profession is much better equipped to respond creatively and strategically to…

Discovering Community Power: A Guide To Mobilizing Local Assets And Your Organization’s Capacity

John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute,

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is interested in proposals that both improve the community and strengthen the applicant organization. The authors’ experience indicates that proposals which connect with and engage a wide range of community resources are more effective than those which involve only the staff of the lead organization. This document shows how non-profit organizations are much more powerful community…

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally

Posted by Sara Andrews in Resisting Injustice Blog Series

The following post is the second installment of the 12-part blog series, “Resisting Injustice“. The project brings together a collection of voices, from civil servants to comedians, to discuss why now, more than ever, we need to prioritize access to justice and how we can best do this together. —————————————————————————————————— The Role of Law Firms…

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

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

  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,…

Launching the “Resisting Injustice” Blog Series

Posted by Namati in Namati News, Resisting Injustice Blog Series

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 / Grassroots Legal Advocates, 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 / Grassroots Legal Advocates, 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 / Grassroots Legal Advocates, 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…

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