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Law is supposed to be one of our most powerful tools for advancing justice. Yet five billion people live outside the protection of the law. Namati and members of the Legal Empowerment Network advance justice by building a movement of people who know, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Together, we’ve achieved remedies that directly improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and policy improvements that affected millions more.
About This Cause
This pandemic is a justice crisis. We are experiencing an explosion in threats to basic rights: from prisoners who are subject to mass infection, to migrant workers who are at the risk of starvation, to people whose land is being grabbed by them by opportunistic corporations. And governments across the globe are failing to protect their most vulnerable citizens.
For the past eight years, Namati and community paralegals have supported thousands of people to protect their rights —and the rights of their communities —by equipping them to know, use, and shape the law. Namati is the first and only global organization dedicated to legal empowerment.
Working with legal empowerment tools, everyday citizens have stopped companies and state projects from polluting their water and grabbing their lands; prevented a national identity program that would entrench ethnic discrimination; and demanded their rights to healthcare be upheld. Namati is supporting thousands of citizens to squeeze justice out of even the most broken of systems. And together they strive to translate the lessons from their grassroots experience into positive, large-scale changes to laws and systems.
Namati also convenes the Legal Empowerment Network, the world’s largest network of grassroots organizations working for justice. They are learning from one another, advocating together, and joining forces to help all citizens know, use, and shape the laws that affect their lives.
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.
Namati’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, WIRED, the Washington Post, among others, and has been documented by the Sundance Institute. Vivek Maru, Namati’s CEO, gave a TED Talk in 2017 which has been viewed over a million times. In 2016, Namati was honored with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and in 2017, the Schwab Foundation named Vivek Maru and colleague Sonkita Conteh two of its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Namati has a perfect score, 100/100, on Charity Navigator and has earned Guidestar’s Gold Seal of Transparency. Since Namati’s inception they have received clean audits without qualification.