Washington D.C., United States
Joined January 2015

Our Mission: Building a movement of grassroots legal advocates

Presence in: India, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, United States
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice

In a world where billions live outside the protection of the law, Namati is dedicated to putting the law in people’s hands. We’re building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. These advocates are fighting on the front lines to ensure that people can protect their land, access essential services, and take part in the decisions that govern their lives.

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 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.

Legal empowerment advocates treat their clients as empowered citizens rather than victims requiring an expert service. Instead of “I will solve this problem for you,” our message is: “We will solve this together, and you will grow stronger in the process.”

In the past four years, Namati and its partners have worked with over 50,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

We track data on every case, and together with our clients we use that information to advocate for systemic changes, like better policies for land governance in Liberia, environmental regulation in India, and healthcare delivery in Mozambique.

Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network, which is made up of over 900 groups from all over the world. We are learning from one another and working together to bring justice everywhere.