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    On 4 March 2016, Namati became GLTN’s 74th Partner under the Rural International Civil Society cluster.

    Namati was founded in 2011 with the objective of growing a robust, evidence-based, global field around community paralegals, legal empowerment, and primary justice services. Today, Namati is building a global movement of grassroots advocates who give people the power to understand, use, and shape the law. These advocates form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.

    Namati’s Community Land Protection Program supports national and local organizations to proactively strengthen rural and indigenous communities’ ability to protect, document and steward their collectively managed lands. Namati, through its partners, is currently working to protect community lands in Liberia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Myanmar.

    Namati’s approaches to working on land issues directly align with GLTN’s agenda and core values. The experiences, research, and training materials will be valuable contributions to the GLTN – in particular regarding communal land tenure systems and the application of legal empowerment strategies to land issues. Namati may also bridge the GLTN with the Global Legal Empowerment Network of over 650 organizations (, many of whom work on land-related issues.

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  • Community Land Protection Facilitators GuideThe Facilitators Guide details Namati’s five-part process for protecting community lands and examines questions such as: “Who is included or excluded when defining a ‘community’?”, “How to resolve longstanding boundary disputes?”, and “How can communities prepare for interactions with potential investors?” The Guide goes beyond documentation to address issues of women’s land rights, inclusive governance, cultural revitalization, ecosystem regeneration, and more. Each chapter includes exercises, sample forms, and tips from veteran land protection advocates. All activities are easily adaptable to a range of cultures, contexts, and community goals.

    The guide is accompanied by short animated videos that demonstrate the community land protection process visually.

    This Guide is intended for the directors and staff of local, community-based organizations, national civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, government actors, and other community land protection advocates and activists. The Guide refers to these groups as “facilitating organizations,” and their field staff as “facilitators.”


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  •  Namati offers this brief in the hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land rights through a community paralegal approach. Community paralegals are trained in relevant laws, community education, negotiation, and mediation skills to work with farmers to resolve a variety of land rights issues. Dozens of data points are documented as part of each case resolution process that illustrate how the legal framework functions in practice. It is this casework data that underpins this policy brief. Focus groups and interviews with paralegals and clients further provide qualitative context and insights.

    Namati recommends actions the Myanmar government can take as part of implementing its new National Land Use Policy to help increase women’s engagement in land use management and access to tenure rights. This briefing also provides recommendations for civil society organizations interested in the community paralegal model, and, in particular, in increasing the number of women paralegals in the country as a means of women’s empowerment.

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  • Namati Policy BriefOver 400,000 acres of land taken by the military, government, and private companies between the 1980s and early 2000s has reportedly been released since 2013. However, this does not mean that the land has been returned to the farmers whose livelihoods were displaced by these land acquisitions. Namati offers this brief to emphasize the need for the government to also put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to those farmers and communities who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process.

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