Namati champions the role of grassroots legal advocates, or “community paralegals” who are trained in basic law and skills for mediation, organizing, education, and advocacy. This enables them to assist communities to secure rights to land and natural resources in three key ways: documenting community land claims and strengthening local land governance before investment projects arrive, supporting communities to negotiate equitable deals, and monitoring and promoting compliance with the terms of investment once agreements are reached.
Namati is a legal empowerment and support organisation which LEGEND has supported to help thousands of individuals and communities in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Myanmar to resolve land rights cases and associated conflicts. In its close collaboration with LEGEND’s challenge fund projects, Namati also works to ensure that its grassroots support work has wider impacts by:
Using case data to drive changes to systems that impact entire nations;
Studying its work carefully to advance learning and rigor within the field; and
Very rich site with many resources..."In a world where billions of people live outside the protection of the law, Namati is building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. These advocates are solving problems on the front lines to ensure that people can protect their land, access essential services, and take part in the decisions that govern their lives...