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Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change [Video]

World Resources Institute,

The World Resources Institute explains how securing community land rights help maintain healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

California’s Legal Self-Help

Judicial Council of California, Public Welfare Foundation,

The Public Welfare Foundation has a special initiative on civil legal aid for the poor. Through this initiative, we hope to catalyze and elevate solutions that advance the civil legal aid field and civil justice reform. As the Conference of Chief Justices called for, the goal is to move toward a system that provides a…

INCLUDE ME – Creation of the Training Scheme for Prevention of Early School Leaving

Libero (Serbia), TiPovej (Slovenia), Out of Box International (Belgium), Center of Youth Development (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Kosova Young Lawyers (KYL), JEF Montenegro (Montenegro), MOJU (Portugal), Technical School Obrenovac (Serbia),

Main goal of the project is to build the capacity of youth workers and youth organizations to create innovative non formal education methods that will help young people with poor school performance not to fall out from formal education system, labour market and society. Formal school systems very often neglect the poor performers due to…

Street Law in Indonesia: Educational Video Part 1

Indonesian Legal Resource Center,

This video is part 1 of the documentation “law school for street children,” developed by the Indonesian Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The program is organized in six houses in Jakarta and surrounding areas. Law School for Anjal organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Faculty of Law, Universitas Pelita Harapan, and the…

Kathok Abang – The Red Trunks (Yogyakarta, Central Java)

TIFA Foundation,

What could mere primary school graduates – shopkeepers, fishermen – possibly do against investors packed with money and backed with power? A lot, apparently. In a pristine beach of Watu Kodok, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, a community made a simple living from managing the surrounding beach for tourism. When an investor came and claiming having the…

Strategy Advokasi – Advocacy Strategy

TIFA Foundation,

Paralegals have been the forefront of bringing legal aid to grassroots communities. But there are certain boundaries and ethics which govern how paralegals play their roles. This video highlights how paralegals can contribute in advocating for justice within the parameter of their role. The video is part of Paralegals Learning series under Access to Justice…

Pasar Gotong Royong – Struggle in Limbangan (Garut, West Java)

TIFA Foundation,

Without proper consultation, a company plan to revitalize the Limbangan market in Garut, West Java, forcing hundreds of market dwellers to relocate. The market developers then putting such a high price for each of the stall in the revitalized market, making the merchants unable to be back in the market. Being treated unfairly, the Limbangan…

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…

Community Lands, Common Future: A Case for the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility

The Rights and Resources Initiative,

An illustrated video from The Tenure Facility that voices the growing consensus that community rights are vital to mitigating climate change and ensuring sustainable development.

Diagram of the Community Land Protection Process

Namati,

A visual representation of the five stages of the community land protection process developed by Namati and partners.

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

Posted by Jaron Vogelsang 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…