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Make the Road: Developing a Membership Model that Builds the Power of Immigrant and Working Class Communities

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

Make the Road is the largest nonunion immigrant membership organization in New York, in the United States. This case study explores Make the Road’s experiments with innovative financing. To support this work, the team at Make the Road has developed a robust and diversified funding model. In 2019, the vast majority of the organization’s overall…

Forced Evictions in India in 2017: An Alarming National Crisis

Housing and Land Rights Network ,

In the year 2017, data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN) reveals that government authorities, at both the central and state levels, demolished over 53,700 homes, thereby forcefully evicting more than 260,000 (2.6 lakh) people across urban and rural India, including the homeless. It is important to note that these disturbing figures…

Popular Attitudes towards Dispute Processing in Urban and Rural China

Ethan Michelson, Foundation for Law, Justice and Society,

Decades of research in the field of law and society reveals the fallacy of conflating the ‘legal’ and the ‘justice’ systems. Law is but one means, far from the most important means, of resolving disputes and obtaining justice. Moreover, law is far more than official state law, including also unofficial customary law. The simultaneous existence…

Member Spotlight: Bar Hostess Empowerment Support Programme


The mission of the Bar Hostess Empowerment Support Programme (BHESP) is to influence policy and facilitate provision of quality health services, human rights awareness, legal services and economic empowerment for sex workers, women having sex with women, women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya. It serves as a common voice for these vulnerable populations…

The Homelessness Prevention Program Outcomes and Effectiveness

New York State Department of Social Services,

The Homelessness Prevention Program was established to address the problem of homelessness by preventing it from occurring. Homelessness prevention programs can have several beneficial outcomes, including the prevention of hardships associated with eviction and homelessness. Some programs may also produce benefits in the form of improved family function and improved ability to obtain appropriate benefits from…

Tiga Kasus Hukum – Three Common Cases

TIFA Foundation,

The video explains the three common cases often inflicting poor community both in rural and urban areas: land and housing rights, rights to employment, and unfair trial or judicial injustice. This video is part of Paralegal Learning series under Access to Justice program in TIFA Foundation and are to be used as complimentary teaching materials…

Guia para el control social de los ayuntamientos

Ángela Malagón, Alice Auradou,

Esta Guía presenta en todo su detalle una metodología para la observación ciudadana de las administraciones públicas locales (Ayuntamientos), la cual, amparada en el marco legal dominicano, permite a la ciudadanía monitorear y evaluar su accionar mediante el análisis de información pública, la medición de un conjunto de indicadores objetivos y verificables, emitir opinión acerca…

Guía de Acceso a Derechos: Para conocerlos y exigirlos

Gustavo Mauruno, Luciana Bercovich, Mariel Acosta, Mauro Chellillo, Florencia Ezezia, Celina Giraudy, Yamila Panizza,

ACIJ cuenta con un programa de trabajo en villas de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires en el cual partimos de identificar estos territorios como espacios en los que se condensan y profundizan las vulneraciones de derechos y donde el acceso a la justicia, a los servicios públicos y a derechos básicos como la salud, la…

Member Spotlight: Nazdeek


Nazdeek is a legal capacity-building organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. Nazdeek partners with grassroots activists and lawyers to build community-based legal networks to increase accountability in the protection of social and economic rights. Network Spotlights are short profile articles focusing on members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. Spotlight…

Member Spotlight: Accountability Lab


The Accountability Lab partners with civil society organizations in the developing world to build sustainable tools for new and innovative approaches to bolster accountability. The organization works to generate cost-effective relationships based on trust and cooperation rather than co-optation and dependency. In Liberia it is supporting a community justice program. Network Spotlights are short profile…

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…

Justice & Identity in Kibera

Posted by Paul McCann in Citizenship

Kibera, reputedly Africa’s largest informal settlement, is not an easy place to find your way around. In this story and photo gallery Namati’s partner, the Nubian Rights Forum, introduce us to the crowded lanes that are home to their community. We meet some of their clients, Kenyan Nubians struggling with a discriminatory system that makes it…

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Land & Natural Resources, Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has launched a groundbreaking new tool for lawyers and advocates working to protect community rights to land and natural resources: the Community Land Rights CaseBase. More and more lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet they often struggle to find supportive legal precedent – within their own country or…

Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

Posted by Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Namati has joined with a coalition of organizations to produce a briefing paper on the place of land rights in the new Sustainable Development Goals. The briefing has been endorsed by organisations such as ActioAid, Oxfam, Landesa, Global Witness and Habitat for Humanity. It contains five headline recommendations: 1. The Post-2015 Agenda should advance and monitor…