Learning Exchange: Citizenship and Legal Identity

The Learning exchange was absolutely amazing. It helped me develop new ways of thinking of my work and challenges. It has connected me to many new people and networks who can benefit my work. I learnt alot about best practices and got new ideas from fellow participants. Thank you! I learnt from the network to enhance and formalise my own networks.”
Liesl Muller (Lawyers For Human Rights, South Africa)


The learning exchange has been useful to me in many ways but mostly:- Widening my understanding of the citizenship issue and learn the dynamics in different jurisdiction. Give me more insight on community paralegal programs and their usefulness plus importance of networks like CONCISE. Give me more skills in advocacy, fundraising, litigation, navigating administrative systems communication and networking especially using the NAMATI community network .”
Janemary Ruhundwa (Dignity Kwanza, Tanzania)


The Vetting process that the Muslim communities are subjected to is the most interesting part for me. I could push for my government to review and modify the existing mechanisms. I learned there are many other means to raise funds. Different approaches and different materials used by other organizations intrigued me and I would try to adopt those new ideas in our work.”
Yadana Than Htaik (Braveheart Foundation, Myanmar)


The exchange was very useful because It has focussed on exactly what we do, We get to learn from different people who come from different parts of the continent, their experiences and we get to share practices on how we can get to improve ourselves and also how we can join our hands together in the coming years (future). We also got to meet different people and interact with them and their work.
Zena AbdulRahman (Nubian Rights Forum, Kenya)

From October 7 – 19, 2018, the Global Legal Empowerment Network and Namati Kenya’s Citizenship Program hosted a learning exchange on citizenship and legal identity in Kenya.

The exchange, which drew much from the citizenship publication, “A Community-Based Practitioner’s Guide: Documenting Citizenship and Other Forms of Legal Identity,” brought together 19 legal empowerment practitioners from 13 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe to share knowledge and experiences around citizenship rights and legal empowerment. Participants explored comparative methods and strategies in a workshop setting; visited vulnerable and marginalized communities; and held in-depth discussions with local community paralegals towards improving their understanding and capacity to address cases. Some participants were already leading in their citizenship rights efforts and looking to scale, while others were looking to start a program using specific techniques from a legal empowerment approach. Site visits and group dialogue allowed participants to leave with valuable information to incorporate in their future work.

During the two weeks, the participants interacted with each other, different communities, and other stakeholders such as government agencies, partner organizations, and civil society advocacy organizations that work on citizenship issues. For more detailed information about this learning exchange, see this summary post on our online forum: 2018 Citizenship Learning Exchange in Kenya.

For more information about our learning exchanges in general, please contact exchanges@namati.org, or visit the learning exchange page.

  • Participants
  1. @isaac_arinaitwe Isaac Arinaitwe – Platform for Labour Action (Uganda)
  2. @syrus Silas Sheltiely Dillu – Himiza Social Justice (Tanzania)
  3. @LieslHeila Liesl Muller – Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
  4. @maaliniramalo Maalini Ramalo – Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (DHRRA)(Malaysia)
  5. @Yadana Than Htaik (Yadana) – Braveheart Foundation (Myanmar)
  6. @lalitaY Lalita Yawangsan – Adventist Development and Relief Agency (Thailand)
  7. @shaila Shaila Tieken – PUSKAPA – Center on Child Protection and Wellbeing (Indonesia)
  8. @urdu Khalid Hussein – Council of Minorities / Statelessness Network Asia Pacific (SNAP) (Bangladesh)
  9. @balkrishnamainali Bal Krishna Mainali – Center to Assist and Protect Child Rights of Nepal (CAP-CRON) (Nepal)
  10. @scira Iryna Aleksieieva – Right to Protection (Ukraine)
  11. @Uzoma Chukwuemeka Uzoma Okoye – Norwegian Refugee Council (Nigeria)
  12. @janemaryruhundwa Janemary Ruhundwa – DIGNITY Kwanza – Community Solutions (DK) (Tanzania)
  13. @natashaarnpriester Natasha Arnpriester Open Society Justice Initiative  (United States)
  14. @yasahkym Yasah Musa Nubian Rights Forum (Kenya)
  15. @zena Zena Abdul Nubian Rights Forum (Kenya)
  16. @Maryama Maryama Farah Haki na Sheria Initiative (Kenya)
  17. @kasida_abdul Khasida Abdul Haki na Sheria Initiative (Kenya)
  18. @AndrewOchola Andrew Ochola Haki Centre (Kenya)
  19. @amoory Amos Mwatata Haki Centre (Kenya)