Hi Melinda! Thanks so much for your thoughtful questions. In the next five years, Namati will focus our grassroots land and environment work in the four countries we've highlighted above (we'll also work in two other countries on non-"planet" issues.) We assessed that we are poised to make the strongest impact in these countries when we move to scale in our next phase. A few different factors here: (1) we tend to work in countries where there is enough of a legal framework that paralegals can help citizens draw on the protections offered by those laws; we then use case data to continue to advocate for better laws. (2) We've been operative in these countries for several years and have strong networks and a deep understanding of the legal system, which is essential in a scale phase. (3) It's worth noting that in the four countries above, land + environment issues are pressing for our communities because we work with communities dependent on the planet for their livelihoods and those livelihoods are under threat.
We are currently in the process of fleshing out five year transformative goals for each of these countries. In the meantime, one important goal we have for 2017 is to reach over 18,000 active clients in the places where we work, the vast majority of whom are dealing with justice challenges at this nexus of peace, prosperity and planet. (Active clients are people who both directly benefit from the services of a paralegal AND demonstrate some measure of legal empowerment themselves.)
We are excited to use human-centered design principles to improve the efficacy of our methods across our work! We think it's a tremendous opportunity for us and for the legal empowerment movement more broadly.
If you're interested to learn more, the global network (www.namati.org/network) that we convene is comprised of over 1,000 groups and 4,000 individuals, including lawyers, community paralegals, academics, researchers, and public servants from over 150 countries. It is dedicated to sharing knowledge about legal empowerment across regions, cultures and disciplines.