Legal empowerment offers something rare and beautiful: a strategy for pursuing justice that is working.
This process of equipping people to understand, use, and shape the law is not easy. We encounter corruption and steep power imbalances every day. Many paralegals face threats of retaliation. But despite these challenges, we are seeing real progress against injustice in every country where we work. And the Legal Empowerment Network is the strongest it’s been.
How We Create Impact
In the Countries Where We Work Directly
Through the Legal Empowerment Network
Our Direct Country Impact
In 2018, paralegals working with Namati and our partners supported community partners* in five countries to address injustices involving land, environment, healthcare, and citizenship.
People Who Directly Benefited
PEOPLE POSITIVELY AFFECTED BY CHANGES TO LAWS AND SYSTEMS
*’Community partners’ are the individuals who work directly with paralegals to solve a justice problem
and are empowered to know, use, and shape the law in the process.
Our Network Impact
The Legal Empowerment Network is the world’s largest community of grassroots justice practitioners. In 2019, our membership grew to over 2,000 groups and 8,000 individuals from every part of the world.
What Network Members Are Saying
The [learning exchange] was absolutely amazing. It helped me develop new ways of thinking of my work and challenges. It has connected me to many new people and networks who can benefit my work. I learned a lot about best practices and got new ideas from fellow participants.
Liesl Muller, Lawyers for Human Rights, South Africa
Citizenship Learning Exchange participant
As an organization, one of our challenges coming to the exchange program was how to build our legal support system. The program gave me a fresh perspective on how to handle the issues when I return back to the organization. [And] the financial sustainability session was amazing.
Bassey Bassey Ita, GREENCODE, Nigeria
Environmental Justice Learning Exchange participant
Getting all of these people together opens lots of ways forward…you don’t just see a textbook that tells you how it should be done. You hear from somebody telling you about the challenges they face and how they’ve gone about addressing them.
Hadeel Abdel Aziz, Justice Center for Legal Aid, Jordan
Middle East Regional Meeting on Legal Empowerment participant
This week has been confirming and empowering! I have never been more proud to be in the trenches doing the work of empowering people to reach their highest potential. They why is easy, but the legal empowerment course definitely provided the how!
Jhody Polk, Jailhouse Lawyer Initiative, USA
Legal Empowerment Leadership Course participant
Stories of Legal Empowerment
It was at the end of 2017 that Silvia* first noticed the sores on her skin. Over the coming months, they got worse. She developed a persistent fever and was constantly exhausted. By March, her weight had dropped from 85 kgs to 70. Silvia knew what the symptoms suggested; she…Read More
The Council and the Coal Giant - Aslam's StoryRead More
From Witness to Problem Solver - U Win Naing Htay's JourneyRead More
From a Land Grab to a Fair Deal - A Story from Masimra TownRead More
In 2018 we made major strides in our effort to put the power of law in people’s hands. Explore the facts and figures in our annual report—as well as the journeys of people like Samson in Kenya and Silvia in Mozambique, who learned how to use the law to overcome injustice.
Schwab Foundation's Social Entrepreneurs of the Year
The Schwab Foundation named Vivek Maru, Namati’s co-founder and CEO, and Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s Sierra Leone director, two of its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2017.
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll Foundation honored Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network with their award for social entrepreneurship in 2016.
American Bar Association's Legal Rebel
The American Bar Association named Namati's founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, as one its 'Legal Rebels' in 2015.
Ashoka selected Vivek Maru, Namati's founder and CEO, as one of its fellows in 2014, stating "This is the best law-for-all program we’ve seen. It is brilliant. Very likely to spread broadly."
UKAid / DFID
The UK's Department for International Development gave Namati a rare A+ rating in their review of our work