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Application Deadline is February 15th, 2015 for the first round of learning exchanges, generously hosted by the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices in South Africa and the Alternative Law Groups in the Philippines. The exchanges will take place in March and April 2015. All major travel and lodging costs will be covered by the program.

For more information on these exchanges visit: www.namati.org/learning-exchanges. Send completed applications and any questions via email to: exchanges@namati.org.

In the past, we have seen how fruitful these visits can be. During a pilot exchange for grassroots justice groups from Myanmar and China to Indonesia, pictured above, our network members shared experiences, interviewed staff and community paralegals, and reviewed strategic growth plans. Among other things, participants came away with a better understanding of how to forge productive relationships with local governments - techniques that they are now testing at home.

Through our learning exchanges, we hope to give more network members the opportunity to gain insights and inspiration from each other.

In solidarity,
Abby, Vivek, and the Namati Team

Our movement for legal empowerment is thriving on every continent in the world. But too often we work alone, without benefit of the advice or feedback of others. Let’s do something about that.

We're excited to introduce a new opportunity to meet and learn from each other in person: a Learning Exchange Program for members of our global network.

We are looking for practitioners at any level - grassroots advocates, heads of organizations - who would like to spend time living with and learning from veteran legal empowerment organizations.

Featured People

Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela

Ms Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela was the Director of the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (Nadcao) in South Africa. Nadcao advocated for the sustainability of community advice offices in South Africa and their efforts to improve access to justice for marginalised communities. In 2013, she was part of a delegation that represented the Community Advice Office (CAO) sector in Parliament to argue for the inclusion of the community-based paralegals in the Legal Practice Bill, and in 2014, the Legal Practice Act was assented which included a clause that would ensure the regulation of paralegals within two years of establishment of the Legal Practice Council. Nomboniso passed on in 2017.

Abigail Moy

I am working to grow the movement for legal empowerment by bringing our community of practitioners to life.

Tobias Eigen

I was Community Manager on the Global Legal Empowerment Network team from October 2014 until May 2020. Now a community advocate working for Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, the company that makes the discourse open source software used here to host community discussions. I remain a moderator of the forum and continuing to help out with some technical aspects of maintaining this platform. Read my post announcing my change of hats. I would be happy to receive personal messages via the forum any time! Don't hesitate to drop me a line to say hello, or to discuss IT issues relevant to your legal empowerment work, how to use Discourse, and improvement ideas for the software. Tobias has been helping nonprofits use the Internet since the first days of dial-up modems. With a focus on capacity building, especially in Africa, Tobias has done everything from setting up hardware for journalists in West Africa to building an online platform for more than 1700 organizations. Adept at “interpreting” technology for nonprofits and helping them to develop online strategies to serve their vital work, Tobias has advised and trained international organizations such as Transparency International as well as tiny grassroots groups. In 1999, Tobias founded Kabissa – Space for Change in Africa, a nonprofit organization with the mission to help African civil society organizations put ICT to work for the benefit of their communities. Tobias has lived and worked in the US, Kenya, Germany and the UK, and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Sussex.