WASHINGTON, District of Columbia, 20036 United States

Mission Statement

Law is supposed to be a sacred thread that ties us together, and protects each one of us. But for billions of people around the world the law is broken. It’s an abstraction, or worse, a threat, but not something we can use to exercise our basic rights. Namati is building a global movement of grassroots legal 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.

About This Cause

Namati is the first and only global organization dedicated to legal empowerment. Since our founding in 2011 we have demonstrated how paralegals can advance justice in four areas – citizenship, health, land, and environment – and we have convened a 7000+ member global network dedicated to legal empowerment.

We operate in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Kenya, India, Myanmar and the United States, where we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We undergird a mission-driven culture with integrated systems – finance, human resources, communications, and others – that support our functioning as an integrated whole, while respecting the context and independence of our offices. We currently administer nearly 40 awards from a broad range of funders, and have received clean financial audits every year since inception.

We employ nearly 160 staff across our offices, including over 50 paralegals directly employed by Namati. We often jointly implement with partner organizations –such as the Nubian Rights Forum in Kenya or Than Lwin Thisar in Myanmar – who bring local knowledge and legitimacy. Our joint implementing partners employ another nearly 150 paralegals.

We are a learning organization. We study all our efforts rigorously. We collect data on every case and have developed common indicators that allow us to learn comparatively across issues and countries. We seek to continuously improve our work and to grow the evidence base for our field.

Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Forbes, Wired Magazine and many others. Our CEO, Vivek Maru, gave a TED talk in 2017 which has been viewed over a million times. The UK Department for International Development gave us a rare A+ rating, saying “the evidence in this annual review and feedback from external stakeholders confirm Namati’s status as a leading and unique global organization making a significant impact to establish legal empowerment as an integral component of the development landscape.”

1616 P Street Nw Suite 101
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia 20036
United States
Phone 202-888-1086
Unique Identifier 452796201