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[Webinar] Kenya’s Huduma Namba: Risks, Responses, and the Fight for Genuine Inclusion

Digital Frontiers Institute, Namati, Nubian Rights Forum,

This webinar draws on experiences in the response to Kenya’s transition to “Huduma Namba” to establish the need to address exclusion in digital transitions, highlight policy recommendations, and inspire greater use of legal empowerment strategies towards inclusive digital identity in practice. Discrimination and other forms of exclusion are major obstacles that leave millions without proof…

Techno-Racism and Human Rights: A Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism

Global Justice, Centre for Human Rights,

The Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project, based at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law, presented an event together with the Special Rapporteur on Racism about her recent report to the UN Human Rights Council on racial discrimination and emerging digital technologies.

The Network of Community Defenders for the Right to Health in Guatemala

CEGSS-Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud,

In Guatemala, almost half of the total population is indigenous and the majority live in rural areas. Despite progressive laws that recognize the right to health, rural populations face major barriers and discrimination to access healthcare services. Because of this situation, rural communities have organized themselves as “community defenders for the right to health.” This…

How to Translate International Justice Commitments into National Reform

TAP Network,

The TAP Network is excited to present “Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs,” a guide for civil society, activists, and policy practitioners. It is our hope that it will help its users use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to successfully advocate for a national justice plan in their country. We are united in our belief…

Webinar: Advocacy: Justice and the SDGs


This resource is a recording and summary of a webinar hosted by Namati regarding the structure, uses, and implementation of the Advocacy: Justice in the SDGs toolkit.

Together 2030 Implementation Series

Together 2030,

The “Implementation Series” webinars provide members of Together 2030 with an opportunity to discuss technical and political aspects related to the implementation and accountability of Agenda 2030 at global, regional and national levels.

Lawyer for the People (Part 4 of 4)

Alternative Law Groups,

This is part 4 of a 4-part video that showcases the work of the Alternative Law Groups, based in the Philippines, and features Attorney Marlon J. Manuel. The video is subtitled in English.

Lawyer for the People (Part 3 of 4)

Alternative Law Groups,

This is part 3 of a 4-part video that showcases the work of the Alternative Law Groups, based in the Philippines, and features Attorney Marlon J. Manuel. The video is subtitled in English. You can view Lawyer for the People (Part 4 of 4) here.

Lawyer for the People (Part 2 of 4)

Alternative Law Groups,

This is part 2 of a 4-part video that showcases the work of the Alternative Law Groups, based in the Philippines, and features Attorney Marlon J. Manuel. The video is subtitled in English. You can view Lawyer for the People (Part 3 of 4) here.

Using the Law – Territories of Life


Territories of Life is a series of videos to shares stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. This video examines strategies for using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of indigenous lands. The 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in Indonesia, Tanzania and Paraguay using national,…

History in the making: How communities in Kenya are claiming their land rights

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, Namati News

Over 60% of Kenya’s land mass is community land. The indigenous people that live off these lands have done so for generations, and yet they’ve never had the legal rights to govern them. As a result, they are vulnerable to having their land and resources grabbed for mining, agribusiness, and public infrastructure projects. But in…

Podcast: Unpacking Research on Environmental Justice

Posted by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

Manju Menon is director of Namati and Centre for Policy Research‘s Environmental Justice program. In the 16th episode of CPR’s podcast ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Menon to unpack her research, including the context; how the research is put into action on the ground through training personnel to find solutions; and the impact this action…

Video: Sonkita Conteh speaks about the paralegal approach in Sierra Leone at the “Solutions Summit”

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Namati’s Vivek Maru and Sonkita Conteh were among the 16 individuals honored with the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017. As one of the 9 honorees from sub-Sahara Africa, Sonkita was invited to attend the “Solutions Summit” which took place in Durban in early May, directly ahead of the World Economic Forum on…

Social Entrepreneur Podcast: The Rule of Law for Everyone

Posted by McKinley Charles in General

On the December 9th episode of the Social Entrepreneur podcast, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru speaks with host, Tony Loyd, about justice issues and the legal empowerment approach. Vivek shares the ideas and experiences that led him to found Namati and the plans for moving the organization forward.  This includes ideas for starting a program in…

Video: When Land Laws are Not Enough, Enter the Barefoot Lawyers

Posted by Place - Thompson Reuters Foundation in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals

In this two-minute animation, Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, explains how “barefoot lawyers” help connect communities with justice. The video was produced by the Thompson Reuters Foundation for their new initiative, Place. Through exclusive reportage, analysis, commentary, photographs and video, Place explores the complex social, economic and political effects of inadequate land rights – from environmental…

Leadership in Action

Posted by Namati in General

In June, SiriusXM’s Business Radio program, Leadership in Action, interviewed Namati’s founder and CEO, Vivek Maru. The audio from the show is now available below. Business Radio features world-renowned and distinguished executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. Broadcasting from Wharton’s Ivy League campus and Silicon Valley, Business Radio covers every aspect of business in…

Video: 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…

Videos on Community Land Protection

Posted by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

Talking Health Rights

Posted by Paul McCann in Health

Cacilda Fumo is one of Namati’s health advocates – a compassionate champion of patient rights. At the 1st of May Health Center in Maputo, Mozambique, where HIV and TB patients seek treatment from an over-stretched public health service, she is a regular presence – explaining to people not only how they can stay healthy, but what they can expect…

‘I just need my freedom’

Posted by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals, Gender

This moving documentary by IRIN follows the work of Marvel and Victoria, two paralegals working for Namati’s partner AdvocAid in Sierra Leone. It illustrates the harsh reality of life for many women in Sierra Leone who come into contact with the police and the prison system. Marvel and Victoria bring hope to those suffering arbitrary…

Community Land Mapping in Liberia on Film

Posted by Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

The work of Namati’s Liberian partner, the Sustainable Development Institute, has been captured on film by the climate change campaign organisation If Not Us Then Who. Made by Handcrafted Films for their Inspirational People strand, the short film shows the community mapping that rural people use to begin the process of protecting their lands. In a country where over half…

Why Paralegals & Why Scale Up?

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals

Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s program director in Sierra Leone, explaining our community-based approach to growing and developing national justice services at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.    

“Many took up arms because of the injustices they suffered”

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Community Paralegals

An interview with Daniel Sesay Daniel Sesay began working as a paralegal when he joined Timap for Justice following his involvement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the early 2000’s.  He is now a Program Officer with Namati-Sierra Leone.  Daniel is playing a leading role in the national scale-up of paralegal activities across the…