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General Purposes


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $400,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2021–December 31, 2022
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The program goal is to cultivate a strong global movement for legal empowerment. Namati will work to strengthen the Global Legal Empowerment Network, which brings together over 2,300 organizations. The grantee will build capacity of additional regional anchor organizations to take on greater responsibility for convening, learning and advocacy. The grantee will continue country-level programs in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, India, Mozambique and within the United States, focusing on specific issues such as land tenure, health rights, citizenship and environmental justice. Additionally, the grantee will gather and distribute compelling evidence of the efficacy of legal empowerment approaches in addressing people’s justice needs. In 2019-20, the grantee successfully challenged an exclusionary law in Kenya that would have left five million Kenyans without legal protection. The grantee helped inform important protections for land tenure in Sierra Leone and Myanmar. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the grantee launched a dedicated fund to channel support to legal empowerment groups addressing health, social and economic consequences in their communities. Established in 2011, Namati works to build a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who give people the power to understand, use and shape the law.