Namati’s quarterly Lessons from the Field briefs are produced in collaboration with our Community Land Protection partner organizations. These short reports share challenges that we encounter in our work supporting communities to protect their lands and resources as well as practical solutions that we have developed.
Namati’s Daniel Sesay has written a memoir of his decade as a community-based paralegal in Sierra Leone.
Using case studies and stories he explains clearly the multiple, flexible and innovative ways in which grassroots advocates can bring justice to places and people that lawyers and the law don’t usually reach.
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These stories from Nairobi illuminate how Nubian people often face Kafkaesque demands for documents stretching back through the generations of their families. They show how one person’s documents may support another’s application – so discrimination against one harms many. The community-based paralegals supported by Namati and its partner are chipping away at this discrimination and empowering the Nubian community.
In 2013, hundreds of Kenyan Nubians acquired proof of their citizenship for the first time. In Burma, with support from paralegals, thousands of farmers began registering their lands. Communities in Sierra Leone and Mozambique worked to resolve problems in healthcare delivery. We ask you to consider supporting the ongoing efforts of community paralegals around the world.
Namati’s CEO, Vivek Maru, has written a chapter for a new book: The International Rule of Law Movement – A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward. Vivek’s chapter is entitled Legal Empowerment and the Land Rush: Three Struggles.
Lessons from the Field, the first in a new series of reports from Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, has been published. In this first issue, Namati’s partner in Uganda, LEMU, describes its innovative solution to overcoming land conflicts between community members.
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