Great deeds in legal empowerment
Announcing the Winners of the
Namati Justice Prize

Dear Friends,

After more than 160 entries, judging by a panel of legal empowerment experts, and a public vote by 3,000 people, Namati is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever global grassroots justice prize. The top three winners are:

The Achmed Dean Sesay Memorial Prize: 


Nazdeek works with tea workers in Assam, India - where maternal mortality is the country's highest and pay is among the lowest. It uses legal empowerment, strategic litigation and advocacy to advance the rights of tea garden workers.

Nazdeek took part in our new film about Justice in the new development goals.

Second Prize: AdvocAid, Sierra Leone.

AdvocAid works with women in prisons in Sierra Leone, providing them with legal services, rehabilitation support and rights education. It also trains former prisoners as paralegals.

Third Prize: Accountability Lab, Liberia.

Accountability Lab trains and supports mediators in some of Monrovia's most impoverished and justice-deprived districts to peacefully resolve community disputes. 

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In addition to the top three prizes, Namati has recognised eight organisations for their outstanding work in key areas such as innovation (where we actually awarded two prizes) or impact. 

Best Learners Award - SM Sehgal Foundation, India
Impact Award - Dynamique des Femmes Juristes, DRC
Innovation Award - Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente, El Salvador
Innovation Award - Human Rights Institute, Russia
Partnership Award - Koshish Charitable Trust, India
Scaleability Award - Asylum Access, Global
Sustainability Award - Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation, Nepal
Public Vote Winner - Proyecto Surcos, Argentina

This week world leaders are coming together to agree development goals that will commit them to justice targets for the first time. And while the new Sustainable Development Goals offer a huge opportunity for justice practitioners, these prize-winning programs provide models that the world can follow in the years to come.

The Justice Prize was supported by our justice partners at BRAC, the World Justice Project and the UN Development Program.

Find links, stories about the
 work being done by our prize winners, and lessons for your own projects on the Namati website.

In solidarity,
Paul, Vivek & everyone at Namati.

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