April 26, 2013
Namati, The United Nations Development Programme, The Justice Center for Legal Aid, and the Open Society Justice Initiative are co-hosting a meeting for civil society organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. This meeting will offer legal empowerment practitioners the chance to workshop challenges facing their programs, learn from each other about diverse legal empowerment strategies employed throughout the region, and develop the basis for an ongoing, supportive network of legal empowerment actors. Applications are due May 6.
April 22, 2013
Gaurav Madan, Namati’s Community Land Protection Fellow in Liberia, reflects on his experience working with local communities and the Sustainable Development Institute to establish community governance structures, harmonize boundaries with neighboring clans, and build community capacity around land and natural resource management.
April 18, 2013
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have released a new report exploring how legal empowerment approaches equip citizens and local communities to hold public institutions and private companies accountable in large-scale land deals.
April 17, 2013
In March, in Bellagio, Italy, Namati and a diverse group of development, conservation and human rights organizations met to develop a common framework for enhancing global and national actions to support community land rights, and to identify opportunities for greater coordination among leading civil society organizations.
April 16, 2013
Drawing on Oakland Institute research, Anuradha Mittal and Nickolas Johnson highlight several cases of large-scale land investment by multinational companies in Africa, including Addax Bioenergy in Sierra Leone. They argue that without significant changes in government policies and accountability, continued land grabbing on the continent will lead to ‘mass social unrest’ and long-term consequences.