legal empowerment

Synonyms
access to justice

The strengthening of the capacity of people to exercise their rights.

Hurricane Irma centered over the island of Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda

Five weeks ago ‘A land rights storm brewing in Barbuda’ was reprinted on this portal. This told the sorry tale of the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda using the catastrophic damage wrecked on the island by Hurricane Irma as the excuse to get rid of the collective ownership of Barbudans of their island once and for all.

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Green
27 November 2017
Kenya
Zambia
South Africa

Dynamic country portfolios combine detailed narratives with Linked Open Data to provide comprehensive overviews of land governance systems

Customary Land Recognition: Zambian Approach to Documentation and Administration
Coming soon
15 January 2018 to 6 February 2018
Facilitators
Andrew Chilombo
mattsommerville
Global
Zambia

USAID’s Tenure and Global Climate Change Program will facilitate a dialogue on experiences of documenting household and community-level customary rights in Zambia. The dialogue will bring together the perspectives of government, traditional leaders, practitioners, civil society, and academics to consider how customary land documentation can contribute to national development goals and increased service delivery in rural and peri-urban areas.

Closed
2 November 2017 to 15 November 2017
Facilitators
LorenzoCotula
Global

The 5th UK Land Forum meeting discussed approaches and tools, and practical experience in legal empowerment. It  also provided updates on recent activities of Forum members, including DFID.  

The purpose of the Forum was to provide a focus for debate, information and lesson sharing amongst UK stakeholders to inform DFID and wider UK policy and programming for strengthening of land governance and land rights protection.

The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition recognizes grassroots organizations and institutions, large and small, across the globe, that are working to put the power of law into people's hands.
31 October 2017
Global

Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that. 

In 2015, Namati launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize returns -- bigger and better than before. 

Community Protection and Legal Empowerment in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone

The Namati team in Sierra Leone is engaged in an ongoing effort to discover sustainable measures for community ownership, management, and administration of land and natural resources throughout the country. To this end, we have taken on a new project: the application of a legal empowerment approach to community land protection.