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MasterClass 01-11: Namati: New Guide to Protect Community Land Rights
Friday, 18/Mar/2016:
9:00am - 10:30am

Location: MC 8-100

Session Abstract

This Masterclass will introduce Namati’s methodology and tools to professionals interested in undertaking community land protection efforts. The class is designed to be a concrete, hands-on review of Namati’s four-step approach, including: 1) laying the groundwork; 2) strengthening community governance of land and natural resources; 3) harmonizing boundaries and documenting/registering land claims; and 4) preparing communities to prosper. (An accompanying series of short animated videos illustrating key elements of the process is available at

The presenters recommend that participants review the Guide prior to the Master Class in order for participants to come prepared with questions for discussion. The Guide will be available for public download in mid-January 2016 at:

After a brief introduction of the Guide, including its intended audience and suggestions for use, the Masterclass will review each community land protection “step.” To give participants a tangible sense of Namati’s approach, the class will role-play several of the activities from the Guide. The final third of the class will be a lively discussion of how best to adapt and apply such efforts to a wide variety of cultural and legal contexts. Practitioners are particularly encouraged to attend. All attendees will be offered a printed copy of Namati’s Community Land Protection Facilitator’s Guide.

Namati is an international organization dedicated to strengthening people’s capacity to exercise and defend their rights in practical ways. Namati is building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities and individuals to protect their rights and livelihoods and demand accountable and responsive governance from public institutions.


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Supporting Communities to Document and Protect their Land Rights: A New Step-by-Step Guide for Facilitators

Rachael Knight

Namati, Community Land Protection Program

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