Namati logoOur partnership with Namati in community land protection work

Namati pursues the dream that all people are able to exercise their rights and take part in the process of governing.

Namati develops, implements, and evaluates models for delivering quality legal aid at scale, for protecting community land rights, for closing the enforcement gap in environmental law and for fulfilling the right to citizenship,

Namati also works to help ensure that essential services like healthcare and water are accountable to local communities.

Rachael Knight with LEMU Staff

Rachael Knight with LEMU Staff

Namati also convenes a community of legal empowerment practitioners from governments and civil society in every region of the world. Network members share tools and resources, and collaborate to build a stronger global movement.

The Community Land Protection Program’s goal is to proactively strengthen communities’ ability to protect, enforce and defend their customary land rights. The program endeavors to promote genuine legal protections for customary land tenure and the recognition of customary land rights as legally-enforceable ownership claims.

The intention is that through our combined efforts, we can support vibrant community empowerment; authentic community sovereignty and authority over land and natural resources; good community governance that fosters equity, justice, fairness and accountability for leaders and community members alike; equitable, enforceable investor-community partnerships that result in tangible land and natural resources benefits for communities; and community stewardship of the earth, ensuring that land and resources are managed sustainably, in trust for future generations.

Namati will continue to work closely with the Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU),
and other local partners to accomplish these aims.

Introducing the LEMU-Namati Community Land Protection Program team.

Rachael KnightRachael Knight, Program Director, Community Land Protection

Program Director, Community Land Protection | Berkeley, CA

Rachael Knight is an attorney with expertise in the areas of land tenure security, access to justice, and legal empowerment of the poor. She previously served as Director of the International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO) Community Land Titling Initiative, working to document and protect the customary land rights of indigenous groups in Uganda, Liberia and Mozambique

Jeremy AkinJeremy Akin, Community Land Protection Program Fellow-in-Residence, LEMU

Community Land Protection Fellow-in-Residence, LEMU | Lira, Uganda

Jeremy Akin is a mediator and researcher with expertise in reconciliation and alternative land dispute resolution.

Currently stationed in Lira, Jeremy is partnering with LEMU to facilitate lasting resolution of conflicts over community grazing, hunting, and wet lands. Served as Fulbright Research Fellow in Uganda and worked with the Northern Uganda Land Platform

Marena BrinkhurstMarena Brinkhurst, Program Associate, Community Land Protection

Program Associate, Community Land Protection | Oakland, CA

Marena Brinkhurst, our newest member, is a planner, natural resource manager, and researcher with experience working with indigenous communities on land and resource tenure systems and rural community development.

Her interest in community land rights began while studying biofuel development in India in 2008 and indigenous land rights struggles internationally.

Protecting Community Lands and Resources: Evidence from Uganda 2013 Report

Community members sign to witness the agreed boundaries of their grazing land.This report details the study communities’ experiences undertaking the land documentation activities and summarizes the initial impacts of these efforts under the following subject headings:
Conflict resolution and prevention (describing the boundary harmonization and demarcation process); Intracommunity governance (describing the Communal Land Association constitution drafting process); and Conservation and sustainable natural resource management (describing the land and natural resource management plan drafting process).
It then briefly reviews the obstacles confronted and describes conclusions relative to the optimal level of legal intervention necessary to support communities’ successful completion of community land documentation efforts.
The report next details findings concerning how best to facilitate intra-community protections for the rights of women and other vulnerable groups during the land documentation process.

» Download the Full Report as a pdf file (5Mb). . .

Protecting Community Lands and Resources: The International Report June 2012

This land is not for sale In recent years, governments across Africa, Asia and Latin America have been granting vast land concessions to investors for agro-industrial enterprises and resource extraction. Often, these concessions dispossess rural communities and limit their access to natural resources vital to their livelihoods and survival.
To gather evidence on how to take practical steps to protect community lands, the Community Land Titling Initiative supported communities in Uganda, Liberia and Mozambique to follow their nation’s community land registration laws, taking note of the challenges and successes that transpired in the course of these efforts.
The first study of its kind, the intervention’s goal was to better understand both the type and level of support that communities require to successfully complete community land documentation processes as well as how to best facilitate intra-community protections for the land rights of vulnerable groups.

» Download a Press Release of the International Report as a pdf file . . .
» Download the Executive Summary as a pdf file (3Mb). . .
» Download the Full Report as a pdf file (47Mb). . .

» Download the Full Report as a pdf file (8Mb). . .

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