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Accountability in Africa: Harm from International Financial Flows and Strategies for Supporting Community-led Access to Remedy

Accountability Counsel, African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA),

Every year, hundreds of billions of dollars flow into Africa from abroad. Regardless of motivations, these financial flows can have both positive and negative impacts on local people and the environment. A ‘negative impact’ may mean that a family’s home and farmland is taken by force, they are forced to flee from their ancestral land,…


Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights,

Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights is a National Non-Governmental Organization with mission to promote human rights and governance issues through training, dialogue, advocacy, lobby, and campaigns to change the mindset of communities and increase their participation in governance so that development and peace can take place. Applying lessons learnt is a key component…

Derechos étnicos y desarrollo portuario: estudio de caso del Consejo Comunitario de Puerto Girón y el proyecto Puerto Antioquia

Freddy Ordóñez Gómez,

En el corazón del Urabá antioqueño, existe un territorio negro, el Consejo Comunitario de Puerto Girón, que desde 2001 ha adelantado la demanda de materialización de su derecho a la tierra y al territorio. Esta investigación busca contribuir a hacer visible al mencionado Consejo Comunitario presentando su caso como un reflejo de lo que son…

El caso de Brasil: Estudio sobre el Convenio 189, la Recomendación 20 y la Ley Complementaria 150/15

Federación Nacional de Trabajadoras Domésticas (FENATRAD), Themis Gênero, Justiça e Direitos Humanos,

Este estudio tiene como objetivo realizar una encuesta acerca de la implementación del Convenio 189 y de la Ley Complementaria No. 150/2015 en Brasil, a la luz de los nuevos retos planteados por la coyuntura actual. Para ello, utilizamos como metodología el análisis de contenido sobre esta implementación, sobre el papel de las sindicalistas de…

Closing the Enforcement Gap: A community-led groundtruthing of the expansion of a National Highway in Uttara Kannada

Centre for Policy Research - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

In 2011, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) proposed the widening and upgrading of the existing National Highway (NH) 17, renaming it NH-66 in the process. It is mentioned in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that the construction of the highway will reduce traffic, fuel consumption…

Making the Law Count: Environment Justice Stories on Community Paralegal Work in India (Version 2)

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Across the world, poor communities bear a disproportionate burden of the environmental cost of development. Harmful projects such as polluting industrial units, municipal disposal sites or mining projects are usually situated close to poor neighborhoods. These communities grapple on a daily basis with environmental impacts which exposes them to toxic contamination, adversely affect their livelihoods…

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…

LAWPADI: Experimenting with Business Models to Provide Legal Services to Nigerians at Scale

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

This case study explores the efforts of Tunde Ibidapo-Obe, founder Lawpadi, to develop a business model to fund an online platform for legal services in Nigeria. Initially, Tunde imagined Lawpadi could have a vetted panel of lawyers that they could refer customers to and charge a commission fee in exchange. When it became clear that…

Centre for Community Justice and Development: Using Innovative Financing to Sustain Legal Empowerment Work in South Africa

+Acumen, Open Society Justice Initiative,

This case study follows the story of Winnie Martens, founding director of the Centre for Community Justice (CCJD) in South Africa, as she shaped the organization into a nonprofit social enterprise focused on the intertwined mission of “justice” and “development” for local communities surrounding The University of KwaZulu-Natal. Today, the organization supports a network of…

Groundtruthing Environmental Violations in Chhattisgarh, India

Posted by Krithika Dinesh in Community Paralegals, Environment, Namati News

Namati and the Centre for Policy Research are pleased to release the second report in their series on community-led groundtruthing exercises in India. The report, Closing the Enforcement Gap: Groundtruthing of Environmental Violations in Sarguja, Chhattisgarh, outlines how representatives from three villages in the state of Chhattisgrah in central India used the process of groundtruthing to establish that the…

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…